New Zealand bowling coach Shane Jurgensen on Thursday hinted that skipper and prolific batsman Kane Willamson will play the third Test, which they need to win to salvage some pride. Williamson did well in the Kanpur Test with scores of 75 and 25 but he missed the second Test in Kolkata due to illness.
"It's looking positive. Final confirmation on that will probably be on Friday. We trained on Thursday and he did some batting and had a decent hit and a run-around. We will have another look at him on Friday but it looks positive," Jurgensen said at a press conference.
Jugensen was also optimistic about Jimmy Neesham, who missed the first two Tests due to rib injury.
"His ribs have settled down nicely. He has got through quite a few overs in the last week and had an extra bowl the day after the game and another bowl on Thursday. He got through five or six overs on Thursday no problems," he said. Asked if they will adopt a different strategy against Indian lower order, which has fetched a lot of crucial runs for the hosts in the series, Jurgensens said they need to try out new things.
"It is certainly an area where the Indian team has been on the improve is that all those guys can bat. I've got to look at areas of their weaknesses. Looking at old footage from the past few years they have certainly improved.
Ravindra Jadeja is a dangerous player.
It is something that tactically we might make some changes around the way we approach that with field placements.
It is just taking away what the opposition is comfortable in doing," he said.