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Watling plays down Seddon toss

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 23/11/2016 Sean Martin

New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watling is playing down the significance of winning the toss with the prospect of another green pitch for the second cricket Test against Pakistan in Hamilton.

In the first Test in Christchurch, the Kane Willliamson-skippered Black Caps had the tourists on the back foot from the start, dismissing them for 133 in their first innings before going on to win by eight wickets.

However, Watling believes it was the Black Caps' bowling more than the helpful pitch that paved the way to victory at Hagley Oval.

"I think we bowled in really good areas and asked a lot of questions," he said.

"Those conditions are obviously different to them but we were able to put Pakistan under a lot of pressure with the ball."

The 31-year-old is expecting the world's second-best Test team to be far more competitive at Seddon Park, where play begins on Friday.

Seaming conditions actually play to the strength of both teams, the gloveman said.

"Their bowlers are really good bowlers and conditions like these can suit them," he said.

"They would have learned from that first Test and will adjust their lengths accordingly. And they would have learned a lot with the bat as well, so I think we can expect a tougher opposition this game."

The Black Caps batsmen are also looking to step up after an average first innings performance in the South Island.

They capitulated for 200, with only opener Jeet Raval (55) surpassing 30 in his debut Test knock.

"I think we were a little light on runs when we could have scored 300 to 350, so we were not too happy with that," Watling said.

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