You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Combating Proteas pace not easy: Hesson

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 26/02/2017

<span style="font-size:13px;">Black Caps coach Mike Hesson</span> © Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images Black Caps coach Mike Hesson Finding a solution to the next wave of South African speedsters is a pressing problem for New Zealand's batsmen says coach Mike Hesson.

Without accomplished pace trio Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander for the five one-day internationals, there were pre-series suggestions of a chink in the Proteas' armour.

Instead it has been a notable strength as they've forged a 2-1 series lead.

Test quicks Kagiso Rabada and Wayne Parnell formed a potent new ball combination before Andile Phehlukwayo and Dwaine Pretorius completed the carnage in South Africa's 159-run win in game three in Wellington.

Chris Morris, who caused ample damage in the tour's early games with both bounce and swing, wasn't even playing.

New Zealand batsmen Tom Latham, Dean Brownlie and Neil Broom are all vulnerable following their capitulation for 112 at Westpac Stadium.

All are under threat as fit-again opener Martin Guptill returns for game four in Hamilton Wednesday, along with wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi, who is being considered for promotion up the batting order.

Hesson says technique tweaks will be more important than personnel changes as his batsmen come to terms with the accuracy and movement the tourists can generate in New Zealand's seam-friendly conditions.

"The way we responded was something we weren't happy with," Hesson said.

"Not a lot of dismissals were what you'd normally see in an ODI. We needed to either come down the wicket and take them off their length, or find another way to score."

Hesson says after decent team batting efforts in their four previous ODIs, the collapse took him by surprise.

He expects his players to react to the enormous challenge being laid down by the world's top-ranked ODI team.

"It's exciting. We know we have to play well to beat these guys.

"It's a massive game in Hamilton so we can't let a performance like that affect how we prepare for the next one."

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon