India have a firm grip on the second test after a day on
which they shut the door on New Zealand's hopes of victory at
the Basin Reserve.
Having been sent in and had their top order swept away, New
Zealand scrapped hard and by stumps had decisively won back
the honours from India at Eden Park yesterday.
India's pace bowlers have exploited their captain's streak of
winning tosses to reduce New Zealand to 54 for three at lunch
on the first day of the first test at Eden Park.
As New Zealand's best batsman this summer, first in the tests
against the West Indies then in the one-day internationals
against India, Ross Taylor deserves a title.
If there's a lesson to be learned from the New Zealand-India
series it's to be wary of the hero-to-zero mantra spawned by
knee-jerk reactions to success and failure.
Will the brickbats ever turn into bouquets for New Zealand
cricket coach Mike Hesson?
The support of past players has flowed in for Adam Milne
almost as quickly as the injured pace bowler's 150kmh-plus
Few things are more satisfying for sports teams than when
meticulous planning pays dividends.
Adam Milne is unlikely to play again in the Indian series if
his side strain is as bad as first feared.
The wait has been worth it. An exciting series looms after
New Zealand steeled their nerves last night to triumph over
India, the world's No 1 ranked side in their opening one-day
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