We are well prepared for the Indian challenge, says Kiwi coach

The other day, Stephen Fleming said he had plans for everyone, including Sachin Tendulkar. On Thursday, it was New Zealand coach Ashley Ross? turn. Ross said, "We mean business."

india Updated: Sep 26, 2003 00:40 IST

The other day, New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming said he had plans for everyone, including Sachin Tendulkar. On Thursday, it was Kiwi coach Ashley Ross’ turn. Ross said, “We mean business.”

Of course they do, and right away the coach has confirmed that both the Kiwi spinners, Daniel Vettori and Paul Wiseman will be playing on Friday. “Taking into account the wickets here, we are giving our spinners as much of match practice as possible. For unless you are in a real match situation, you will never find out your strengths and weaknesses.”

The weather, he feels will pose challenge. “We have come here leaving behind peak winters . So, our players need to get acclimatise as soon as possible.”

Zach Hitchcock, their computer analyst “has been a great help.” Ross added: “India have a very strong batting and their spin attack has a lot of variety. So, it’s going to be a good contest and we are ready for the challenge,” Ross concluded.

First Published: Sep 26, 2003 00:40 IST