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NZ to reap left-right benefit against India - Taylor

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NZ to reap left-right benefit against India - Taylor


(SOUNDBITE) (English) ROSS TAYLOR, NEW ZEALAND BATSMAN, SAYING: "We've faced India a lot in recent times and had some success against them.

Obviously, two world class spinners on their day.

I think we've had success at different stages.

"We'll have to wait and see what the wicket produces tomorrow.

Some shorter boundaries, and sometimes that can play in the minds of the spinner, not necessarily -- one might spin a little bit more defensive, but as I said, with all the weather around and so much uncertainty, we'll just have to wait and see.

And I'm sure the team that adapts the best will probably get the right result." 2.


(SOUNDBITE) (English) ROSS TAYLOR, NEW ZEALAND BATSMAN, SAYING: "I haven't been in the bowling meetings, but obviously Shikhar is a big loss to India.

The presence, he plays very well at ICC tournaments and has a very good record over here.

Himself and Rohit Sharma have a very good partnership, and I think they complement each other well because they're right and left-handed.

"In terms of our lineup, I think we've had a similar balanced side for a long time, and when you do have a right-left hand combination, it does put pressure in different ways on the bowling opposition.

"A lot of these grounds in the UK have a short boundary to one side, and if you've got two right handers or two left handers, you can't exploit it as much where obviously having the right and the left hand, and the communication becomes very important to target those short boundaries." STORY: New Zealand's steady supply of left-handed batsmen will come in handy in Thursday's (June 13) World Cup match against an Indian team without that variety in their top order, senior Kiwi batsman Ross Taylor said on the eve of the match.

Opener Shikhar Dhawan's injury has not only robbed India of a left-right pair at the top of their order but has also left the two-times champions without a southpaw in the top half of their batting.

In contrast, New Zealand have three left-handers in their top six, including opener Colin Munro.

A left-right combination forces bowlers to alter line and length while the fielding captain is also compelled to tinker with field settings every time the batsmen change ends.

Taylor said such variety in the batting lineup was necessary to make the most of the World Cup grounds.

The 2015 finalists have made a perfect start in their quest for a maiden World Cup title, winning their first three matches before the tournament was hit by poor weather, which has already resulted in three matches being either called off or abandoned.

(Production: Andy Ragg)

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