Hamilton - New Zealand will keep their
winning combination for the second Test against Sri Lanka, batsman Kane
Williamson said on Thursday after an inspection of the pitch showed another
With conditions ripe for seam and swing
bowling, the possibility of bringing in an extra spinner was ruled out with New
Zealand maintaining a four-pronged pace attack when the Test starts in Hamilton
"We're playing the same (line-up) as
the last match, with the look of the surface we will go in with that extra
seamer," Williamson said, indicating New Zealand would likely bowl first
if they win the toss.
"It's green, Dunedin was green, and we
just feel it might be more suited to seam bowling.
"It's more important to look at the
conditions, horses for courses as they say, and go in with the team best
New Zealand won the first Test in Dunedin
by 122 runs despite losing the toss and being forced to bat first.
Their cause was helped by the inexperienced
Sri Lankan attack being unable to capitalise on the conditions, but Williamson
does not expect New Zealand to get off so lightly this time.
"I'm sure they would have got a lot
out of that surface and they had quite a new-look side over here as opposed to
when we last played them here, so I'm sure they would have learned a lot and it
should be a good game," he said.