Mike Hesson said that new ball bowling was important for them as Trent Boult and Tim Southee start sets the tone © AFP
Mike Hesson (above) said that new ball bowling was important for them as Trent Boult and Tim Southee start sets the tone © AFP

Wellington: New Zealand coach Mike Hesson believes that his heralded new-ball attack of Tim Southee and Trent Boult will successfully be able to dismantle the threat of England‘s embattled skipper Alastair Cook when the two sides face each other in the forthcoming two-match Test series.

Earlier this week, England suffered a shock defeat against West Indies in the third and final Test in Barbados, as the tourists managed to secure only a 1-1 series draw. VIDEO: New Zealand train at Lords ahead of 1st Test against England

Cook was at the receiving end of criticism with former cricketer Geoffrey Boycott slamming the left-hander for being ‘up his own arse’ and ‘living in cloud cuckoo’ land about his leadership.

While being aware of Cook’s potential as an opener, Hesson said that new ball bowling was important for them as Boult and Southee start sets the tone for the Test match. READ: Mike Hesson wanted longer series between New Zealand and England

Citing Cook’s previous struggles while facing Boult’s swing balling, Hesson insisted that they had been able to have success against Cook home and away, barring the test at Leeds in 2013, adding that they hope to get it swinging and challenge him early on there, Stuff.co.nz reported.

Hesson, however, said that the first 10 to 15 balls are very crucial as Cook is a tough man to get rid of if he stays on. READ: BJ Watling speaks on being stand-in skipper

The opening Test match will be held at Lord’s on May 21 with the second international being played at Headingley.