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Marshall has signalled his arrival: Ross

New Zealand coach Ashley Ross said Hamish Marshall's 55 on debut and his unbeaten hundred have signalled his arrival in international cricket.

india Updated: Dec 04, 2003 22:08 IST

New Zealand coach Ashley Ross Thursday said Hamish Marshall's 55 on debut and his unbeaten hundred have signalled his arrival in international cricket.

"The new boys have been doing well, 55 on debut and 101 in the third match from Hamish Marshall have certainly signalled Hamish's arrival at the international stage and the learning process has been positive," Ross told reporters after the Black Caps' practice ahead of their fourth match on Friday.

Pakistan enjoys an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five match series, winning the first two in Lahore by three wickets and 124 runs and the third in Faisalabad by 51 runs.

"The amount of players we have will be enhanced after the series and the experience of playing against Pakistan, one of the world's really good one-day sides, is great," said Ross, who will hand over the coaching job to former off-spinner John Bracewell after the tour.

New Zealand, without seven of their key players, including injured captain Stephen Fleming, hopes the tour serves to up the experience of new players.

"We are going drip by drip, not a flood in terms of talent so it's good that we have found some good players," said Ross, an Australian whose playing career was cut short by a car accident.

He believes winning the last two games would be terrific.

"Obviously if we go with a 2-3 result it would be a good result for us but we are playing at our best," said Ross, who described the security arrangements as outstanding.

"Security has been outstanding and hospitality is good so we are delighted to be here," Ross said.

Marshall said he enjoyed his century in the third match.

"It was a bit too much on my shoulders which aren't too big and I couldn't whack it enough boundaries but it's a good feeling, especially too early in my career to get it (century) on the board and I enjoyed the moment," Marshall said.

The 23-year-old from Auckland was probably the biggest selection surprise as he had no first-class century before the tour and his only Test was as a replacement on New Zealand's tour of South Africa three years ago.

First Published: Dec 04, 2003 22:08 IST