Southee wary of wounded India

  • Last Updated: February 12 2014, 14:22 GMT

New Zealand take a 1-0 series lead into the second and final Test in Wellington bidding to keep India winless for the entire tour.

Tim Southee: Says India 'have a lot to prove' in Wellington
Tim Southee: Says India 'have a lot to prove' in Wellington

The hosts make two changes to the squad which secured a 40-run victory in the first Test in Auckland, calling up two uncapped players in Canterbury wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Latham and Auckland all-rounder Jimmy Neesham.

The pair replace Jesse Ryder and Doug Bracewell, who were dropped from the squad following a late-night drinking session on the eve of the first Test.

Latham is seen as back-up to Ross Taylor, who is awaiting the birth of his second child and will not play if the baby has not arrived before the Test begins on Friday (2200 GMT, Thursday).

Kiwi bowler Tim Southee, who took six wickets in the opening Test, knows India will come back strong and have a lot to prove.

"They have obviously had a disappointing tour but are too good a side to roll over," Southee was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.

"They'll come hard and they will want to have a win on the tour. They are a far better side than they have shown on this tour so far.

"They have a lot to prove in this last Test and have got a lot of quality players. I am sure we are going to have to up our game. They'll come out and look to finish their tour on a high."

India will indeed be seeking a drastic change in fortunes, having gone down 4-0 in the five-match one-day international series before losing the first Test within four days at Eden Park on Sunday.

The first innings' batting and bowling displays let the tourists down in Auckland, but captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni took heart from the second-innings response - particularly the seam bowling attack and Shikhar Dhawan's century.

Dhoni praised Ishant Sharma, Zaheer Khan and Mohammed Shami, who took 17 wickets between them, and will be looking for more of the same.

"The bowlers bowled fantastically well to get us back - one of the best that I have seen our bowlers bowl, especially on a good wicket," he said.

"They kept it tight and bowled wicket-taking deliveries at the same time. They need to continue doing that."

India look likely to be unchanged for the game.


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