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India eye rare Test success in New Zealand

cricket Updated: Mar 17, 2009 13:16 IST

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After registering their maiden one day series triumph in New Zealand last week, India will now seek to end a 41-year Test drought when they cross sword with the Kiwis in the first of the three-match cricket series starting in Hamilton on Wednesday.

Barring the last ODI at Auckland, India ruthlessly dominated the five-match one day series and if the visitors manage to maintain the same sky-high standard in the longer version as well, Dhoni and his men are almost certain to record India's first Test series victory in Hamilton since Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi-led team's 3-1 triumph in 1967-68.

Dhoni, however, insists the team would have to start afresh after winning the ODI series and stressed on the need to play consistently well to win the Test series.

"We have to start from scratch again and perform at our best. In Tests, you have to play consistent cricket over a period of time. It is not winning one session or two sessions, you have to win more sessions than the opposition in a comprehensive way," Dhoni said.

His opposite number Daniel Vettori admitted India thoroughly outplayed them in the ODI series but felt winning the last one dayer lifted the team morale.