Black Caps want greener pitch in Christchurch - Hesson


Black Caps coach Mike Hesson wants to see a greener wicket for this week's second Test against Australia in Christchurch after he was left disappointed by the state of the pitch in Wellington.

New Zealand were dismantled against their Trans-Tasman rivals at Basin Reserve last week, routed by an innings and 52 runs after the tourists won the toss.

The Kiwis were crushed inside four days as they lost a Test match on home soil for the first time in three years.

And as New Zealand prepare to farewell captain Brendon McCullum in the second and final Test starting on Saturday, Hesson is hoping for greater grass cover at Hagley Oval to aid pacemen Tim Southee and Trent Boult.

"I would've liked the [Wellington pitch] to be much greener than it was," Hesson said on Tuesday.

"It certainly only seamed for two hours and I think that meant that both sides weren't able to be exposed in those conditions. It's a bit different when it seams for two hours, it makes the toss a little bit more important."

"Ideally you want both sides to have a bit of a crack at it if it does seam. You look at the wickets we lost in the first session they were all from good length deliveries and they were able to get the ball to move off the straight and expose some of our techniques. That's something we'd like to think if we were in a similar situation we'd be able to do something similar.

"We had four guys out defending in the first hour. I don't think that's mental error; there are times that you have to accept that they put the ball in good areas, the ball seams you're going to nick it. When the ball seams you do end up playing a little bit wider than you'd like to. We certainly did that in the first hour or so."