THE England cricket team is confident they can shrug off their defeat to the New Zealand XI ahead of the first test against the Black Caps, which starts in Dunedin on Wednesday.
The tourists lost by three wickets to the second-string side in Queenstown, but paceman Steven Finn, who did not play, said they had learnt a lot and would work on the positives.
“It’s going to happen in warm-up games,” he told Fairfax NZ.
“We look at the positives, we know some of our batsmen spent good time in the middle and the bowlers got good miles in their legs.”
Top batsman Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott failed to trouble the scorers, while some of the bowlers found the going tough as the hosts chased over 300 for victory on the fourth and final day.
“The way we train, everyone gets quality time in training and that will hold us in good stead when the test starts on Wednesday,” he said.
“Obviously it wasn’t ideal, losing the four day game, but we took some good things from it. We’ll practice hard these next two days and we’ll all be ready and raring to go on Wednesday.”
He said despite winning both the ODI and Twenty20 series, England would not take New Zealand lightly.
“Having seen them in the one day series and the Twenty20 series, [we know] that they’re capable of some exceptional cricket and they have some exceptional performers,” he said.
“We never ever take anyone lightly and anyone in their own back yard is a hard team to beat.
“We’re going into this three test series with a real test on our hands and we’ll have to do things that we did very well in India … we’ll have to do that in this three test series.”