New Zealand no Ashes 'entree' says Mike Hesson

Meanwhile Hesson said he did not expect the dramatic climax to the Auckland match to have any bearing on the forthcoming series with England, although his frustration in the Black Caps' failure to force a victory was evident.

updated: May 01, 2013 22:41 IST
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London: New Zealand have arrived in London with coach Mike Hesson insisting the Black Caps are determined to be more than just a warm-up act for the Ashes series later in the English season.

Such is the interest in the Ashes, which pits England against arch-rivals Australia in the latest edition of cricket's oldest Test rivalry, that many fans in the sport's birthplace could be forgiven for not noticing New Zealand's arrival.

But a cricket side used to being overshadowed in a country where rugby union and the world champion All Blacks dominate the sporting landscape are determined to make their mark in a two-Test series featuring matches at Lord's and Headingley this month.

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