NEW Zealand batsman Ross Taylor says an Eden Park pitch for the deciding Test against England similar to the one at the Basin Reserve should make for an exciting series finale.
The pitches for the drawn Tests at University Oval in Dunedin and Wellington’s Basin Reserve came in for criticism from England bowling coach David Saker, who said they were too lifeless and required bowlers to wait for batsmen to make mistakes.
Taylor agreed the Dunedin pitch was flat, but thought Basin Reserve was a good one and would be delighted if the Eden Park drop-in pitch is similar for the match which starts on Friday.
“It started to bounce and turn on day four and that’s what you want in a cricket wicket and, batting out there, it was a lot bouncier than Dunedin,” Taylor said.
“If you bend your back (as a bowler), you get results. If you bowl along the wicket, then you get hit for four.”
Taylor’s form since returning from a self-imposed break after losing the captaincy to Brendon McCullum has been patchy bar a one-day international century, but he felt he was starting to return to form in an 81-run partnership with Kane Williamson in Wellington.
“I’m starting to hit the ball better than I was two or three weeks ago. I was probably more happy with the state of mind I was in.”
Both Tests could easily have produced results had rain not intervened but New Zealand head to Eden Park with a chance of a rare series victory over England, something which Taylor said the team was excited about.
“It’s a position we haven’t been in for a while and we’re playing some good cricket as well.
“We know we have to be at our best to compete with this English side and we’ve still got five more days of tough, competitive cricket and, if we can play to our potential, we’re a chance.”