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They threw their hands at ball like they do back home - Craig McMillan on India batting failure

By Pti
Former New Zealand all-rounder Craig McMillan

Wellington, February 25: Former Black Caps all-rounder Craig McMillan on Tuesday (February 25) said Indian batsmen "throwing their hands at the ball like they do in India" will not work in New Zealand.

Indian batsmen's inadequacies in adverse conditions were exposed as they crashed to an embarrassing 10-wicket defeat in just over three days in the opening Test in Wellington on Monday (February 24).

"They didn't make any adjustments in the way they played, they threw their hands at the ball like they do in India," he Radio Sport.

"When the ball doesn't bounce above knee high you can get away with some of those shots - in New Zealand you don't."

McMillan lauded the New Zealand's veteran seam-bowling duo of Tim Southee and Trent Boult.

"When the ball's swinging, and it did for most of that Wellington Test, Boult and Southee are geniuses," he said.

He rated it "a terrific performance" from the Black Caps.

"I haven't seen India, the number one Test side in the world, dismantled like they were over those four days in Wellington," he said.

New Zealand coach Stead surprised by Indian batting, expects strong comeback

New Zealand's drubbing of India was hailed as one of their best in Black Caps' history by the media here.

"Rare are the Tests in which the Black Caps beat the world's number one Test side," the New Zealand Herald wrote.

"To do so against a team who had won seven straight Tests, each by a massive margin, makes it even more impressive."

News website Stuff.co.nz pointed out that New Zealand entered the match after a 3-0 humiliation in their last series in Australia, making the win against India even more significant.

The result means New Zealand head into their next match in Christchurch starting Saturday (February 29) with the chance of claiming a rare Test series sweep over India.

The last time it happened was in 2002 when they swept a two-Test series at home.

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Story first published: Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 14:03 [IST]
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