Hesson: If you win in Oz, you deserve it
New Zealand have only won one Test series in Australia, and Black Caps coach Mike Hesson says his players are excited for the Tests in Oz in November, and are looking forward to ending that drought.
That lone win came in the late 1980s, and even though Australia are at a turning point in their team, Hesson feels that winning Down Under is truly a remarkable feat, and that there's no such thing as a weak Baggy Green side.
Hesson told the Otago Daily Times: "We know how tough it is to win over there. They know their conditions well.
"They have a large pool of players to pick from and a lot of competition for places.
"They've been the world leaders for the last 20 years and that's why, if you win over there, you deserve it."
As for facing a young and inexperienced side, in the wake of Australia's glut of retirements in recent months, Hesson said it was unlikely they'd put out a weaker side, and that facing the older players may have been better for the Kiwis.
He said: "I think sometimes you want to get a team when they've got a few guys who are actually over the hill.
"But because they have so many players, there is always competition for places. There hasn't been a poor Australian team for a number of years, so I don't imagine this will be any different.
"I just think, for a New Zealand cricketer, winning in Australia is the big thing. The guys have been excited about this duel for a long time."
The first Test starts on 5 November in Brisbane.
Nkrumah Bonner says footwork is key to West Indies overcoming spin
The West Indies have little time to turn things around.
Why Shane Warne thinks Cricket Australia have opened themselves up to ridicule
Are Australia becoming a laughing stock?
India on top in tight first Test battle against the Black Caps
Axar Patel’s five-for put India back on top.
Pakistan bat themselves into control of Test against Bangladesh
Pakistan’s openers were unmoved.
Michael Vaughan apologises for hurt Azeem Rafiq has gone through in racism case
Vaughan has been taken off the BBC’s Ashes coverage amid the racism claims.
On this day: Australia batter Phillip Hughes dies at age of 25 after being struck by ball
Hughes died from a brain haemorrhage after being hit by a ball while batting two days previously.
Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2021 called off over COVID-19 fears
The qualifiers will now be decided according to the team rankings.
West Indies to blood young stars on white ball tour of Pakistan
Allrounder Odean Smith is among the uncapped players in the squad.
ECB chief Tom Harrison: Cricket must look at alcohol culture
The ECB released details of the game-wide action plan to tackle racism and discrimination in the sport on Friday.
ECB unveils action plan to tackle discrimination, what is next for cricket?
The game-wide response to racism was finally published on Friday after two delays this week.