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New Zealand will look to roll out
the green welcome mat for the two
tests against India in February.
At face value, preparing pitches to
suit the home team should not be
a big deal. Host countries routinely
tailor conditions to favour their
However, New Zealand have
at times faced accusations of not
doing that, sometimes bending over
backwards to co-operate with more
in uential visiting countries.
e third test pitch at Seddon Park
against the West Indies last week
had the home players muttering
when it began taking considerable
spin late on day two. As it happened,
New Zealand won by eight wickets
inside four days to seal a 2-0 series
India have also been accused of
throwing their weight around on
at least one previous tour to New
In 2002, New Zealand belted
the Indians on two green, seaming
pitches at the Basin Reserve and
Seddon Park. One was over inside
three days, the other didn't reach the
end of day four.
e Indians, chockful with rich
batting talent such as Virendar
Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin
Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and
VVS Laxman were left looking like
drunks in the dark fumbling for the
Shane Bond, Daryl Tu ey and
Jacob Oram shared 36 of the 40
wickets as New Zealand romped
home by 10 and four wickets
respectively, India rolled for 161,
121, 99 and 154.
e nancially powerful Indians
were not amused, so when they
returned four years ago the word
went out: there was to be no repeat
of that malarkey. Flat tracks were the
order for the tour and India won the
series 1-0 amid piles of runs.
Coach Mike Hesson would like
both pitches this time --- at Eden Park
and the Basin --- to mirror that used
for the innings win in Wellington
over the West Indies. It had good
grass cover, bounce, pace and some
sideways movement without being
extreme, and suited Tim Southee and
Trent Boult to a tee.
"I think everyone's aware of the
type of surfaces we like," Hesson
"We've been in India before and
they've changed the pitch the day
before a game because it wasn't
as dry as they'd like. We certainly
don't get any favours when we travel
overseas, so I'd be disappointed if we
provide any at home."
India possess quality seamers in
veteran Zaheer Khan and new man
Mohammad Shami, who moves the
ball both ways and has taken 16
wickets in his rst three tests.
However, Hesson is bullish about
the abilities of Southee and Boult,
who shared 38 of the 60 West Indian
wickets that fell in the three-match
series which ended on Sunday.
"We'll back our seamers over
anyone's at the moment, to be fair,"
he said. "We know they've got good
seamers who will challenge us, but
we back our seamers to put any order
New Zealand's batsmen are raised
in these conditions so Hesson's
argument is they should not unduly
fear facing the Indians if there is
help for the seamers.
Hesson is keen for spin to be taken
out of the equation, thus negating
the in uence of India's impressive
Ravi Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha,
both ranked in the world's top 10.
e Basin has long had a
reputation as a pitch where seamers
can prosper if they work hard. Eden
Park, with its drop-in surfaces,
generally gets good pace and bounce.
--- New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: Getty Images
Hesson wants wickets to suit NZ
Ryan Nelsen admits he is on the
At the end of a di cult rst
season at Toronto FC, which saw
the team win only six games and
the rookie manager sent o during
one match, the always frank Nelsen
is realistic about his prospects at the
" ey won't give me much more
time," Nelsen told the Herald on
Sunday. "It was pretty awful here
when I arrived and we are in much
better shape now but we will have
to start turning things around soon."
Toronto nished 17th of 19 teams
in the MLS, a whopping 20 points
from a play-o position. ey lost
ve matches on the trot at one
point and goalscoring was a major
issue, netting only 30 goals in 34
games (only one team scored less).
Statistically, Nelsen has the worst
winning percentage (19.4%) of any
manager in the club's eight-year
General manager Kevin Payne,
seen as the major ally and driver of
Nelsen's surprise appointment (and
who had won six championships
with DC United), was red in
September by the club's owners.
"I've learned more in a year here
than I did in the past 10 years of
football," says Nelsen. " e club was
in a hole when I arrived --- it was
Toronto, who have never reached
the MLS play-o s, had churned
through seven managers in the
previous six seasons. Nelsen
inherited a poor quality squad
with over-paid players on badly
structured contracts and many
players not up to MLS standard.
"We had ve players that were
taking up 81% of the wage bill,"
explains Nelsen, "and three of those
players couldn't take the eld, for
various reasons. e club was just
stuck with these bad contracts."
For someone in his rst season in
the dugout, Nelsen did not shirk
responsibility. He shipped out
26 players and 27 new faces were
brought to the club in a huge
"We had to stop the bleeding,"
says Nelsen. "We had to try and
provide a base for the future. e
fans and media can get on top of
you but you need to stick to your
guns. It's not about me, it's about
the club. Even if I did get red, the
club will be in good shape in terms
of the playing personnel and the
salary cap situation; I'm quite proud
of the transformation here."
Not surprisingly, Nelsen's Toronto
excelled at the defensive end of
the eld. Despite languishing at
the foot of the league table, they
were rarely cannon fodder --- 12 of
their 17 defeats were by a one-goal
margin. In terms of goals conceded,
they had the second best record in
the history of the franchise --- but it
was not enough.
"I was probably a bit naive,"
admits Nelsen. "No matter how
organised you are and how good
your work ethic is, it still comes
down to quality. It is quite ner ve-
wracking watching --- you make
one mistake and it can be all over."
Nelsen has backed his instincts
despite his managerial inexperience.
After a rival coach said he found
out about Toronto's starting XI
from journalists' tweeting at training
sessions, he quickly moved to
restrict access to daily practices
to the MLS minimum. Locally,
he won admirers for refusing to
criticise individual players publicly,
saying it was unnecessary and just
a tool used by coaches to de ect
e 36-year-old is still mysti ed
by his ejection during a match
against Kansas City in September.
It came shortly after his assistant
manager had been sent from
the eld, as both of them had
questioned several decisions from
the men in the middle.
"Fran (O'Leary) was sent o for
something very minor," remembers
Nelsen. "I approached him and said
' at's ne, but I bet you don't have
the guts to send me o '. It turned
out he did."
Nelsen says he is "loving the
challenge" of management and
can't wait for next season to begin.
Toronto are on the hunt for strikers
and the club has been strongly
linked with Tottenham's Jermain
Defoe, as well as Samuel Eto'o and
Alberto Gilardino. Nelsen played
with Defoe at Spurs --- "he's a
clinical, quality striker and would
be a great buy" but won't be drawn
on the prospects of Defoe moving
across the Atlantic Ocean.
As he has struggled in North
America, the All Whites struggled
without him in November,
conceding nine goals to Mexico
to kill their World Cup dreams.
Nelsen con rmed he was asked
"four or ve days" before the match
at the Azteca Stadium if he would
join the team in a mentor role.
"I needed more notice," says
Nelsen. "I would have liked to but I
had some obligations over here that
I just couldn't get out of."
Despite the defeats, the former
All Whites captain remains positive
about the future of New Zealand
football. He is enthusiastic about
the core of young professionals
coming into the All Whites
and points out that the massive
television rights (said to be
$5 million) for the Wellington
match has secured the nancial
future of the game for the
next World Cup cycle.
Meanwhile, Nelsen is not
surprised by the current match-
xing dramas in British football,
saying that it was "often talked
about" in dressing rooms during his
long Premier League career.
e issue has come to the fore in
recent weeks, following the arrest
of six people, including Nelsen's
former team-mate DJ Campbell, for
alleged match- xing. Nelsen played
for Blackburn, Spurs and QPR
between 2005 and 2013 and says it
was a common subject.
"We always used to hear a lot of
stories," says Nelsen, "About giving
away a penalty in the second half
or getting a yellow card. It was
often talked about and there were
chuckles around the changing room.
You assumed that they were urban
myths --- but maybe some of them
Nelsen says he "never saw
anything" but concedes match-
xing wouldn't be di cult,
especially in terms of spot- xing
like conceding throw-ins, yellow
cards, penalties or even players
going o injured.
He did not spend much time
with Campbell as their careers only
intersected for a few months at
--- APNZ-Herald On Sunday
Nelsen in the firing line at Toronto
PICTURE: Getty Images
In the last hit out before the
Christmas break, the Greymouth
Junior Athletic Club held a short
meet on Saturday.
S Donaldson, R Foster and M
Kelly recorded good times in the
100m, while in the eld S Bergin,
A Simon, M Kelly, A Wallace and
F Wallace all impressed.
Girls, 6yrs: R Schroder 1, H
Foster 2, 20.91s. Boys: M Walklin
1, 21.91s. Girls, 7yrs: S Donaldson
1, M McKeown 2, 17.16s. Boys:
M Molloy 1, C Swinburn 2, K
Atkinson 3, 17.72s. Girls, 8yrs: M
Clark 1, 18.91s. Boys: G omas
1, A Bellis 2, 17.50s. Girls, 9yrs:
S Bergin 1, C Molloy 2, T Aplin-
Barrett 3, 18.12s. Boys: R Foster
1, A Simon 2, D Moles 3, 15.25s.
Girls, 10yrs: E Wilson 1, 17.50s.
Boys: R Pascoe 1, J Watts 2, D
Wisdom 3, 15.50s. Girls, 11yrs:
M Kelly 1, M O'Dea 2, 15.38s.
Boys: L Whitcombe 1, 18s. Boys,
12yrs: H Wilson 1, C Bergin 2,
17.38s. Girls, 13yrs: R Kelly 1,
D Sollitt 2, T Aplin-Barrett 3,
14.47s. Boys, 14yrs: A Wallace 1,
T waites 2, F Wallace 3, 14.53s.
Girls, 6yrs: R Schroder 1, H
Foster 2, 2.34m. Boys: K Bellis
1, J Clark 2, M Walklin 3, 3.36m.
Girls, 7yrs: S Donaldson 1, M
Aplin-Barrett 2, 4.56m. Boys: C
Swinburn 1, K Atkinson 2, M
Molloy 3, 4.70m.
Girls, 8yrs: M Clark 1, 7.40m.
Boys: G omas 1, Y Perchig 2,
A Bellis 3, 12.79m. Girls, 9yrs:
S Bergin 1, C Molloy 2, 17.34m.
Boys: A Simon 1, R Foster 2, D
Moles 3, 18.42m. Boys, 12yrs: H
Wilson 1, C Bergin 2, 13.99m.
Girls, 13yrs: D Sollitt 1, R Kelly
2, T Aplin-Barrett 3, 22.71m.
Boys: H Pinnock 1, 19.23m. Boys,
14yrs: A Wallace 1, F Wallace 2, T
waites 3, 24.25m.
Girls, 10yrs: T Cooper 1, A
Blacktopp 2, E Wilson 3, 3.24m.
Boys: C Donaldson 1, R Pascoe 2,
J Watts 3, 3.69m. Girls, 11yrs: M
Kelly 1, M O'Dea 2, 4.14m. Boys:
L Whitcombe 1, 2.76m.
Good times recorded
in junior athletics
Just six points o the summit with
the English Premier League's best away
record, Tottenham seem far from in
crisis, however much the club appears to
be in disarray.
A week after Andre Villas-Boas saw
his team routed 5-0 by Liverpool before
being red, interim manager Tim
Sherwood's rst experience of Premier
League management was a 3-2 victory
at Southampton yesterday.
Adebayor Emmanuel has been
brought in from the cold by Sherwood
after being exiled by Villas-Boas and
marked his rst league start of the
season by providing two goals, including
the match winner.
Sherwood, though, doesn't know if
he'll still be in charge for Friday's match
against West Bromwich Albion, who are
also searching for a new manager.
"I don't want the job on a temporary
basis I want it for the long term,"
A sixth away win of the campaign
moved Tottenham four points from
fourth place where Everton sit after
Ross Barkley's free-kick clinched a 2-1
win at Swansea yesterday.
Everton's stay in fourth will not last
long if Chelsea, who are a point behind,
win at third-place Arsenal today.
e season had opened with
Southampton emerging as top-four
contenders, but the Saints are now
without a win in six games.
e south-coast team had led against
Tottenham after Adam Lallana scored
his fourth of the season in the 13th
Fed by Danny Fox, Lallana turned
Vlad Chiriches before striking low past
goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
e rst from Adebayor, though,
brought Tottenham level in the 25th
minute, with the Togo striker sticking
out his right boot to meet Roberto
Soldado's cross and volley into the net.
e rst goal by a Tottenham striker
in the league since October jolted the
visitors into action and Spurs were more
purposeful from that moment.
ey went in front in the 54th after
a slick move that ended with Danny
Rose's cross being turned inadvertently
into his own goal by Southampton
defender Jos Hooiveld.
In a thrilling game, the hosts were
back in it within ve minutes.
Lloris raced o his line to meet Lallana
but the Southampton captain squared
for Rickie Lambert to tap the equaliser
into an open net.
Parity did not last long as Adebayor
in icted the nal blow in the 64th
against a team that had boasted one of
the best defensive records in Europe in
the opening weeks of the season.
e ball broke for Adebayor after
Tottenham defender Kyle Walker
attempted to bundle the ball for ward,
and the former Arsenal and Manchester
United striker slotted into the net.
Having waited until November 24
to make his rst appearance of the
season, Adebayor only featured again
last ursday with Sherwood in charge.
After scoring in Tottenham's League
Cup loss to West Ham midweek, a
resurgent Adebayor now has three goals
in two games.
At Swansea, Barkley stole the show
even before netting the winner in
the 84th minute, beating goalkeeper
Gerhard Tremmel with a free-kick that
went in o the underside of the bar.
"It's a relief because I had a chance
to score with 20 minutes to go and I
slipped," Barkley said.
Barkley's goal spared Bryan Oviedo's
blushes after Dwight Tiendalli's strike
de ected o the Everton defender
and landed in his own net to cancel
out Seamus Coleman's opener.
Adebayor brace lifts Spurs
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