The Blackcaps hope to move on from their humiliating first-test defeat to England as quickly as possible, with sights firmly on a “more traditional” Wellington wicket.
New Zealand were helpless to stop the ‘Bazball’ barrage at Bay Oval, falling to a comprehensive 267-run defeat in the day/night format.
Their batters struggled to counter the pink ball under lights and didn’t fair much better in the field, as the tourists devastated their bowlers.
With the second and final match of the series scheduled for the Basin Oval, captain Tim Southee expects a more conventional test wicket.
“It’s a completely different challenge,” he said. “You go back to traditional test cricket with the red ball.
“There’s a number of things with day/night test cricket that you take into account and, like I said, I think England strategically played it pretty well.
“I think as a group, you reassess, you move forward to a traditional test match at a ground that we enjoy playing at and the guys are looking forward to get back to.”
Southee’s optimism comes after England bludgeoned 374 runs in their second innings, scoring at a run rate of more than five an over.
His persistence with Blackcaps talisman Neil Wagner with the ball, in particular, raised eyebrows, as the fast bowler toiled on day three, conceding 110 runs in just 13 overs.
While Wagner’s effort can never be faulted, Southee admits it was a learning experience against an aggressive English outfit.
“There’s no secret to the way they were going to play,” he said. “We know they are going to come out pretty hot and, especially in a pink-ball test, they strategically chose their moments brilliantly.
“Different beast, a different challenge in a day test match at the Basin. A couple of guys on debut will learn from that, and myself and Wags will all learn from the experience out there.”
Southee and his team could be forgiven for dwelling on a humbling defeat on home soil, but that’s not the Blackcaps way.
He acknowledges the result isn’t what they hoped for, but they trust the process that saw them become inaugural world test champions two years ago.
“It’s obviously not ideal, but as a side and as New Zealanders, we tend to not ride the emotions too much, [even] in that period we were doing well,” Southee said. “The changingroom was a great place to be in, but you wouldn’t notice too much difference.
“The same [goes] for now. When results haven’t gone our way, we’re still enjoying ourselves, still enjoying each other’s company and trusting each other in what we’re trying to do.
“The test side has changed a little bit over the last couple of years, but that’s sport. People come and people go, it’s our chance to go out as a side and do great things as well.”
The Blackcaps bowling stocks will likely be boosted by the return of Matt Henry for the second test at Wellington.
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