Apr 292013

With two tests, three one dayers, the Champions Trophy and two Twenty20 internationals, it’s set to be a long tour for the Black Caps, although after the recent controversies at home coach Mike Hesson is definitely keen on some time away from New Zealand.

“[I’m] pretty pleased with the outcome of that [and] very much looking forward to getting on the plane and focussing on some cricket,” says Hesson.

It’s no wonder the pacemen are also looking happy, with early summer English pitches traditionally favouring the bowlers.

It’s not such great news for an opening batsman, but Hamish Rutherford isn’t losing any sleep about it, nor is he concerned with getting his name on the famous Lords honours board, the venue for the first test.

Martin Guptil returns from injury for the tour, but after the success of Rutherford and Peter Fulton as an opening combination he needs runs in the warm up matches to push his case for selection.

The Black Caps haven’t won a test in England since 1999 and there’s been plenty of pain since, though they did manage to hold England to a draw in New Zealand this summer.

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