Two days after one of the most sensational wins in Test cricket, New Zealand are preparing in Dubai for the second Test against Pakistan with coach Gary Stead expecting an even tougher contest.
The win was Stead´s first as head coach since he replaced Mike Hesson in August and he believes it will change Pakistan´s mindset ahead of the second Test which starts on Saturday. “Pakistan are a good team, hard to beat over here,” said Stead. “That´s what makes this really, really pleasing. But they´ll be better for it, and if they were taking us lightly, they won´t be now. “I expect them to be better and I expect us to be better as well.”
“I don´t think we´ve won too many Tests when we´ve scored 153 in the first innings,” said Stead of New Zealand´s first innings total. “It was always going to be that we need to keep fighting and fighting, and my message to the boys was that if you can lose wickets in clumps, then why can´t we do that back to them through sustained pressure,” said Stead.
“It was an amazing fightback,” said Wagner. “We knew we´d be in with a chance if we kept fighting. That last hour (on day four) was quite freakish.” “We know that even if we are a little bit behind we can keep fighting, we know what we can achieve. It was bloody tough, hard work, a big fight and it will just get harder. (Pakistan) will come back hard. “Hopefully we can do something similar and pretty special.” “It was pretty awesome to see a guy like Patel come in in his first Test,” said Wagner of the 30-year-old India-born spinner.”It took me about eight Tests to have my first win, so to play a special part in a win, see a smile on his face, was a cool moment.”
The second Test will start in Dubai from Saturday while the third and final, again in Abu Dhabi from December 3.
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23 August, 2019