Need to improve our batting: Taylor
Hyderabad, Aug 26: New Zealand’s weakness against the spin twins – Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha – was exposed as they lost the first Test match by an innings and 115 runs with a day to spare. 0-1 down, the Ross Taylor-led Black Caps have a tough task ahead of the second Test.
Speaking in the post-match presentation ceremony, Taylor lauded the Indian bowlers and reflected on how his team was left wanting in the batting department.
On needing more runs in the first innings
We showed that we could survive. The way that Kane [Williamson] and Brendon [McCullum] batted out there, showed the rest of the batters that it could be done. We just couldn’t stand enough pressure in the end. The Indian bowling, they showed masterclass.
On whether it is important for touring teams to have a practice match before
We didn’t have a practice game, but spent a little bit more [time in the nets] than when we had over here the first time. We can’t use that as an excuse; we need four-five days to reflect on what we have done and then come back as a better batting unit and also a little bit [needs] to be done in the bowling department as well.
On the way Brendon McCullum and Williamson played
They played very well. They spent a long period of time out there. We – myself included – need to learn from them as batsman and put up a lot more fight to come back.
On areas that New Zealand need to work on
I think the batting, and learn to play Ashwin and comeup with something to play him a lot better. But you have to give credit to India; they played really well out here. And we play a lot better when the chips are down and we will be a lot better side in Bangalore.