Ross Taylor: We won't have to worry about Laxman and Dravid, now

Ross Taylor said New Zealand will look to put the disastrous tour of West Indies behind and perform better against India AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Hyderabad: Aug 22, 2012

New Zealand will face the Indian side without two of their best Test batsmen, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman and Ross Taylor said the Kiwis will look to attack the replacing batsmen.

“I won t say it s going to be easy but the confidence in the group goes up when you don t have to get Dravid and Laxman out. It gives an opportunity to the youngster who India decide to go with. Whoever that would be, we ll look to attack him and try to put him under pressure,” the New Zealand skipper was quoted saying by the BCCI official website.

Taylor said his team is looking to put the disastrous tour of West Indies behind and perform better against India.

“That is the focus and I hope it is the same for every series. We had expectations on the West Indies tour that we didn t live up to. Playing India in India is always a challenge. It brings players from all teams out of their comfort zone. But we know that we have to perform a lot better than we did in the West Indies.”

The 28-year-old admitted that the New Zealand team will miss the experience of Daniel Vettori in the upcoming series.

“We ll miss his experience but it gives opportunity to Tarun Nethula or Jeetan Patel to have a go. Dan has played most Test matches for New Zealand and it s never easy to replace someone like him. But again, we hope the others step up to the plate.

Taylor insisted that the whole Indian team is dangerous and they will not be focusing on individuals.

“The whole team is dangerous. We don t want to concentrate on individuals. But we do have plans on how to play their bowlers and attack their batsmen. The ball has been swinging around since the last 3-4 days and we hope it continues for the next five days. We ll look to swing the ball and put their batsmen under pressure.”