Hesson: We gained a psychological advantage

New Zealand

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson believes his team will go into the third Test against Australia with a psychological advantage after a fighting draw in the second game.

The Black Caps will take heart from the way the fought back from an uninspiring opening day in Perth as Australia raced to 416 for two at stumps.

Even though they conceded 559 in the first innings, the Kiwis replied with 624 all out to gain a first innings lead and then batted out the final day comfortably when they were set a target.

Even though they are one-nil down in the series ahead of the final Test in Adelaide, starting on 27 November, Hesson feels they will carry the momentum into the last match.

Hesson said after the Test at the WACA: "I think we do [gain a psychological advantage] and we gain some confidence from the way the game evolved today.

"If Australia didn't rate us highly then the game could have unfolded quite differently than the way it did. I thought we were very good with the ball this morning and we'll certainly gain lot confidence from that.

"It showed that when we're on song we're certainly equal, if not better than our opposition. We just need to do that, particularly with the ball, for longer periods of time.

"It's something we're very proud of as a team. To scrap the way we did after day one today shows continuation of character we've shown for a long time. You find out a bit about people when you're under a bit of adversity.

"Think we found that out of the last four days."