Hesson: If you win in Oz, you deserve it

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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.

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