Ross Taylor confident of tackling spin better in second Test

New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor said more than anything they need to be strong mentally while negotiating spinners Getty Images

Hyderabad: Aug 26, 2012

Bamboozled by the spinners, New Zealand suffered a crushing defeat in the first Test but skipper Ross Taylor said they would rectify the mistakes and comeback strong in the second Test.

“I guess any time you are bowled out for 160 both times, you have got to be disappointed. We have three to four days to rectify that. Obviously spin is an area we need to work on and come back harder and stronger in Bangalore,” Taylor said after their heavy defeat against India, on Sunday.

Taylor said more than anything they need to be strong mentally while negotiating spinners.

“Come Bangalore, we need to be as positive as possible, clear the mind, trust our defence, but also find a way of scoring runs as well. It’s about rotating the strike, finding your single options. We are not big players of using our feet, so we need to create lengths in different ways. In the next game, I am sure we will do that.

“Obviously a little bit of technique but I think most of it is probably in the mind. Trusting your defence and trusting your attacking shots. When you get bogged down, it puts a lot of pressure on you and there was a lot of pressure going out there,” he said.

Taylor praised the Indian spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha, who shared 18 wickets between them.

“Ashwin bowled very well. Not only Aswhin, Ojha bowled very well and they bowled well in tandem. They put a lot of pressure on us, bowled in very good areas.

“I guess when you enforce a follow on and have got a big total, you can have a lot of men around the bat and Dhoni did that. They bowled in the areas for long enough and reaped the rewards.”

Taylor was optimistic of drawing the series by winning the Bangalore Test, starting Friday.

“We can still draw the series. That’s the good thing about a two-Test series. I thought Kane Williamson and Brendon applied themselves really well for a long period of time and showed that it can be done,” he said.

Without DRS, New Zealand had to cope with Brendon McCullum’s dismissal when umpire Steve Davis overlooked a bat-pad decision. But Taylor was not critical of the poor umpiring decision.

“That’s just cricket. Brendon didn’t mean to get out.

Obviously no DRS. The umpires are human and make mistakes.

It’s a part and parcel of cricket.

“Obviously different parts of the world have different rules in different sports. It’s part and parcel coming to this part of the world.” (PTI)