“Tough and Challenging”: Gary Stead on New Zealand’s Upcoming Series Against India | cricket news

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New Zealand coach Gary Stead on Monday admitted that his team is facing a hectic schedule though he is hopeful of a good show in the upcoming series against India. New Zealand lost in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup final against Australia on Sunday and are now set to face India in the three-match T20I series starting Wednesday in Jaipur. “It’s the first time I can remember that we are so early in another series immediately after the T20 World Cup. It’s definitely tough and challenging but it’s ahead of us. We have nine- ten in India. People are already preparing for those Test matches, and hopefully we can get up and do really well against India,” ESPN Cricinfo quoted Stead as saying.

Giving a fitness update on pacer Lockie Ferguson, Stead said: “In terms of Lockie, I think he’s pretty close. We’ll just make sure we get there, travel fine and there’s no such thing as forfeiture of flight or anything.” No problem. Like that. But I hope he will be available for selection, which will be great.”

“With all the people who are going to prepare for Test matches, we just have to make this call out there – do we think it’s in their best interest and also in the best interest of the team that Test matches should be our priority? Well, I guess what will be the T20 matches next month,” he said.

Mitchell Marsh’s 77 not out and Josh Hazlewood’s brilliant spell helped Australia win their maiden T20 World Cup title against New Zealand at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.

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