New Zealand can beat favourites India on green tops, says Martin Crowe

Former New Zealand batsman Martin Crowe felt the hosts can give higher-ranked India a serious run for their money in both, ODI and Test series.

updated: January 16, 2014 23:27 IST
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Despite the huge disparity in their ICC rankings, former New Zealand batsman Martin Crowe feels the Kiwis have a fair chance of beating the visitors in both, the ODI and the Test series, if they prepare pitches that assists their seamers. (Not taking New Zealand lightly: MS Dhoni)

India, touring New Zealand for the first time since early 2009, have just three old faces in their ranks for the Tests -- captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and fast bowlers Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma. (India vs New Zealand: Top-five players to watch out for)

"New Zealand should focus their preparation on exposing a whole line-up that has never before batted in these conditions," said Crowe. (Test mainstay Cheteshwar Pujara eyes ODI spot)

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