CHANGES are in store for the Black Caps after they were thrashed by 10 wickets by Sri Lanka in the first cricket test in Colombo.
They lost the match within three days after a shocking second innings effort saw them dismissed for 118.
They started the day at 35-1, but ended the first session at 96-8
Sri Lanka had to chase 93 for victory, and openers Dimuth Karunaratne (60 not out) and Tharanga Paranavitana (31 not out) cruised to the mark in just over 18 overs.
Captain Ross Taylor said during the post-match presentation that changes were likely for the next match, which begins on Sunday.
“I’m sure there’ll be a couple of changes,” APNZ reported him as saying.
“We’ll have to see what the wicket’s like but I guess when you finish a test match inside the third day you’ve got an extra couple of days for training and we’ll certainly need that. We need to pick ourselves up and not be too down.
“But, in a two-match series we are still in it and we just need to fight a lot harder than we did in the last couple of days.”
Todd Astle could replace James Franklin and give the side two spinners along with Jeetan Patel, while Chris Martin could come in for Tim Southee, who has a leg injury.
It is the batsman who must shoulder the blame for the defeat however, with Brendon McCullum, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson and Taylor needing to apply themselves far better next time out.
They were tourmented by spinner Rangana Herath, who had match figured of 11-108, while Suraj Randiv was also a challenge.
“We need to address it as quick as possible leading in to the next match,” Taylor said.
“We know what it’s probably going to turn a little bit more up in Colombo. I thought Herath bowled really well and put us under pressure the whole time both in the first and second innings. I thought we played Randiv well but we need a plan to know how we are going to combat that in the next match.”