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‘Rotating the strike was key in Williamson-Latham partnership’

Ind vs NZ first test 2nd day

Kanpur : New Zealand batting coach Craig McMillan said the key to the unbeaten partnership between Kane Williamson and Tom Latham was rotation of strike as the two batsmen frustrated the Indian bowling attack with their 117-run stand for the second wicket, here today.

India could get only only one wicket in the morning session and bowled 26 wicket-less overs in the second session.

“Their (Williamson-Latham) discipline (was key). They stuck to their game plans and when the Indian bowlers missed we jumped all over it. I thought the way they rotated the strike with that left and right-hand combination throughout the partnership was crucial,” McMillan said at the press conference after the second day’s play at the Green Park.

“They just worked really hard and showed how hard it is out there. This surface is still playing pretty well, but there are a few balls taking off and turning. All-in-all self-discipline from both those guys throughout the partnership was crucial,” he added.

The former New Zealand all-rounder said Kiwi batsmen have done a lot work to counter the spin but in their own individual style.

“We’ve done a lot of work in terms of using the feet and getting deep in the crease. They are all key things to playing spin well. You watch the best players of spin around the world and they don’t get caught on the crease, they are either forward or back. All our guys have done a lot of work on that and everyone does it differently,” he said.

“Everyone’s technique is different and it is important you don’t just try and play the same way. You have to use what works for you and we’ve done that really well. Both players today used the depth of the crease really well. The key to that is picking up the length early, if you do that you can go forward or back.”

The Kiwi batting coach said the visitors were happy with the way the day panned out for them, adding, that excessive appealing from the Indians in the later part of second session did not affect them with both his players showing good temperament.

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