Cooley: I want to see exciting cricket


Former Australia coach Troy Cooley says he wants to see an exciting but even contest between bat and ball during the Aussies' upcoming Test series against New Zealand.

Australia will take on the Black Caps in three Tests, starting in Brisbane on 5 November, and conditions will be much different to what the Aussies faced in England in the Ashes series.

The Baggy Greens were frustrated by the lack of bounce in the pitches on tour in the UK which nullified their much vaunted pace attack as England won the series three-two.

Cooley, who was also England's bowling coach when they won the Ashes in 2005, thinks conditions in Australia will provide an even contest.

The former Tasmania player said: "I want to see exciting cricket. That's what everybody wants to see. You want to see a contest between bat and ball out in the middle.

"I want to see the bowler get a little bit of bounce, definitely, and have a weapon to stop the batter from getting onto the front foot and whacking it.

"I want to see a good balance, a good competition and I think you need a wicket that does bounce for that to happen. Some good bounce in our pitches will allow our bowlers, and also New Zealand's bowlers, to take advantage."