Kanpur: With the T20Is done and dusted, focus shifts to red-ball cricket. A couple of days ahead of the first Test between India and New Zealand at Kanpur, Ross Taylor spoke about their chances. Claiming that NZ is well prepared, Taylor said that the players are eager to face the spin challenge.

“Our preparation so far has been fantastic obviously a little bit different, not having net bowlers come in, so facing our bowlers as preparation has been key. “Everybody’s been lining up to face the spinners, they’ve bowled a lot of overs,” Taylor was quoted on stuff.co.nz.

NZ may have to face the spin trio of Ravi Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Axar Patel.

Admitting that too many close-in fielders can be quite intimidating, Taylor reckoned trusting one’s defense could make all the difference.

Taylor added: “For us, it’s about being able to pick up the length as quick as possible and trusting your defence. When there are a lot of men around the bat, it can be an intimidating place to start your innings.”