All-rounder Mitchell Santner is anticipating a glut of runs during New Zealand’s ODI series against India in late January.
India’s last bilateral ODI series in New Zealand came in January 2014, when Santner played all five fixtures in a four-nil victory for the hosts.
‘Both teams have changed a lot since then. India have performed in England and against Australia in conditions similar to New Zealand. It depends how quickly they can adapt to those conditions,’ said Santner.
‘If they can hit the ground running on those home conditions for us, then it’s going to make for a very interesting series. It can be a high-scoring series with the nature of the grounds and wickets.
‘Virat Kohli and other Indian batsmen are scoring a lot of runs at the moment and they haven’t been to New Zealand for four years. But they have played all round the country and scored runs everywhere.
“So they will probably like our conditions, where it’s quite flat, with not a lot of turn. And obviously if there’s not a lot of swing, it can be high-scoring. So the batsmen will like it – and hopefully the ball will swing for us.’
The New Zealanders and Indians will oppose each other later this year, too, when the World Cup gets under way in the United Kingdom. They will meet at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on 19 June.
‘The series will be a good test for both the sides leading into the World Cup, and I guess in similar conditions. Both teams will be looking forward to the competition and to take some momentum into the World Cup,’ added Santner.