Hesson: We got what we wanted from tour
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson wasn't overly disappointed with losing the ODI series against South Africa, saying he had wanted to use the tour to blood new players and he achieved that objective.
The Proteas won the third ODI in Durban to seal the series 2-1, and the sides shared the spoils 1-1 in the T20 series. Prior to that, The kKiwis had won the ODI series in Zimbabwe, and Hesson was happy with the tour overall.
Hesson said: "It was a pretty fair reflection of the performance. I think we were a little bit off song in all three departments. South Africa were on song, they adapted to conditions better than we did and they put us under pressure.
"Overall I'm still delighted with the tour in terms of what we wanted to achieve. Sure, it's a disappointing way to finish but it doesn't take the gloss off what's been an excellent tour for us moving forward as a cricket side.
"We've unleashed a number of new players and a few other players have come back into the fold as well."
The Black Caps were without a number of senior players from the start, like Brendon McCullum and Trent Boult, and lost a few more, like Ross Taylor along the way to injury. As such, a few players got more games than they'd anticipated.
Spinner Ish Sodhi was one such player, as he wasn't supposed to stay for the SA leg initially, but ended up being retained and took six wickets. Tom Latham did well with the bat, while Doug Bracewell did a good job as paceman.
The coach added: "Ish played a lot of cricket and I thought he got better and better as the tour went on and grew in confidence.
"He didn't pick up the wickets I thought he deserved at times but I thought he was excellent. The South Africans looked to go after him and I thought he held his composure nicely.
"We couldn't ask any more of Tom. He and Martin were outstanding at the top throughout both the one-day series. He scored at a good rate, playing good quality cricket shots.
"Delighted to be able to give Tom some consistent opportunities and then for him to take it adds to our depth nicely.
"We had a very strong seam bowling attack over here even without Trent and Corey. We had a lot of competition for places. Doug certainly forced his hand through performances and earned the opportunities that he got.
"Really pleased with the consistent areas he bowled and the way he adapted to different conditions."
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