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Development tours on Hesson's radar

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 12/10/2016

Coach Mike Hesson says a return to New Zealand A tours of India could be part of the solution to improving the Black Caps' Test record on the subcontinent.

Speaking after New Zealand's third heavy Test loss to India, Hesson said reinstituting the second-tier tours would widen the pool of cricketers with experience in those challenging conditions.

The Black Caps capitulated to be dismissed for 153 on the fourth day of the final Test in Indore on Tuesday, losing by 321 runs after succumbing by 197 and 178 runs in the first two Tests.

New Zealand has only won two Test in India, most recently in 1988, and Hesson said his team's shortcomings were highlighted in their most recent series.

"I think it's fair to say we were exposed in this series against a very good side in tough conditions," he said.

"We didn't adapt as well with the bat in particular."

Hesson said he had no doubt that New Zealand A tours to India would help.

"Ideally you want a number of players who have had experience in these conditions to be able to pick from.

"Exposing more players to these conditions, you find out more about them."

With current international players on tour most of the time, Hesson said it was difficult to find blocks of time to do this, but it was possible with the next tier of players.

"If we're able to expose them more often to India - because it's very different in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh or the UAE - I think that would be very good.

"We need to give exposure to a lot more New Zealand cricketers in their formative years so they actually get opportunities to improve and learn in this environment rather than on the international stage."

Even experienced players such as skipper Kane Williamson, and top-order batsmen Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor, who had toured India before. had found conditions testing, Hesson said.

"We've lost a couple of key players in our Test squad, and this has shown we can't just replace them overnight - we don't have ready-made replacements.

"We need to give people opportunities, and the key thing as a selection group is to make sure we're giving those opportunities to the right people."

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