18 Feb 2016

Black Caps should be careful what they wish for warn Aussies

4:36 pm on 18 February 2016

The Australian fast bowling camp is warning the New Zealand cricketers to be careful what they wish for ahead of the second test starting at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday.

Australia lead the series one-nil after winning the first test in Wellington by an innings and 52 runs.

The Basin Reserve pitch offered the Australian bowlers plenty of assistance on the opening day but Black Caps coach Mike Hesson wants the Hagley Oval pitch to be even more seamer friendly.

Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum and coach Mike Hesson.

Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum and coach Mike Hesson. Photo: Photosport

The Australian fast bowler James Pattinson says that will simply play into their hands.

"We've had to work hards for our wickets in Australia over the past six months, the wickets have been quite flat.

So coming over here and we've got some green wickets and we're licking our lips...and the green wicket should play into our hands."

Pattinson though said bowlers need to wary they don't get too carried away when conditions are favourable.

"It's important when you get green wickets that you are still hitting the wicket hard. The mistakes some bowlers make when they see it's green, is they float it up there. The big thing four our bowling group is to make sure we are hitting the wicket hard, but also hitting a good length to get the most out of the wicket."