Stuff – Two days out from the second test between the Black Caps and the West Indies, and the Seddon Park pitch sits under cover – not because of rain, but because the Hamilton hot spell has it in danger of over-cooking.
- Two days out from the second test between the Black Caps and the West Indies, and the Seddon Park pitch sits under cover – not because of rain, but because the Hamilton hot spell has it in danger of over-cooking.
- It’s a nice change for groundsman Karl Johnson, who’s a much happier chap nearly nine months on from the last test at the venue – where wet weather disrupted the buildup, then rain ruined New Zealand’s chances of a final-day series-squaring victory against South Africa.
- But despite the deck being advanced in preparation, don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s not green – the hue on show when Johnson peeled back the covers for Black Caps coach Mike Hesson to have a gander and a yak on Thursday afternoon, as his side look to whitewash the Windies after their impressive innings and 67-run win in the first test in Wellington.
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- This test will mark a return to the Patumahoe clay – which has generally been the go-to for longer-form cricket at Seddon, providing more pace and bounce than the Waikari (which is now unavailable to source so is being top-dressed with Kakanui) used for white-ball formats, though which was requested by New Zealand Cricket at the start of last season for the last test here, effectively to nullify the Proteas’ pace attack.