Mitchell Santner, New Zealand   s first-choice spinner, is still recuperating from a long-term knee injury. @ Getty Images
Mitchell Santner, New Zealand s first-choice spinner, is still recuperating from a long-term knee injury. @ Getty Images

New Zealand s left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner on Monday said that the upcoming home series against India will be a high-scoring affair. Santner, New Zealand s first-choice spinner, is still recuperating from a long-term knee injury.

India, who last played in New Zealand in 2014-15, will face the BlackCaps in a five-match ODI series and three T20Is beginning with the first ODI on January 23 in Napier.

“Both teams have changed a lot since then [the 2014 tour]. India have performed in England and against [Australia] in conditions similar to that of New Zealand. It depends on how quickly they [India] can adapt to those conditions, Santner, who was picked 59 wickets in 53 ODI, said.

“If they can hit the ground running on those home conditions for us, it’s going to make for a very interesting series. It can be a high-scoring series with the nature of grounds and wickets [on offer].”

Shedding light on the conditions that will be on offer in January, he said: “Virat [Kohli, the skipper] and other Indian batsmen are scoring a lot of runs at the moment, and they haven’t been to New Zealand for four years. But they have played all round the country and scored runs everywhere.

“So, they will probably like our conditions, where it s quite flat, with not a lot of turn. And obviously if there’s not a lot of swing, it [series] can be high-scoring. So, the batsmen will like it and hopefully, the ball swings for us.

Key for India, according to Santner, will be the spinners’ contribution in the middle overs. “With the nature of flat wickets, the wrist spinners can spin the ball both ways. The key in ODI cricket is to get wickets in the middle overs. The wrist spinners they might leak a lot more runs but have the option of getting more wickets too,” he said.

Santner, who idolised New Zealand great and former captain Daniel Vettori, said both teams can gather momentum for the ICC World Cup in England and Wales.

“The series will be a good test for both the sides leading into the World Cup and I guess in similar conditions. Both the teams will be looking forward to the competition and to take some momentum into the World Cup,” he said.

On his knee injury, Santner said that s looking to make a comeback for the India series. “Been out for a while, it s been nine months. So, have been back training and cricket is not too far away. Hopefully, will join the home summer and get back for this Indian series and try and get some wickets,” he said.

Meanwhile, allrounder Corey Anderson said that he would like to be part of New Zealand s 2019 World Cup team.

“If I stay fit, I would love to be involved in that team [of the World Cup]. I have the experience of being [in the team] for the last World Cup. If I am playing my best cricket, I can do a very good job for New Zealand and help balance out the side,” he said.