London, May 2 (ANI): New Zealand has warned England not to treat them like warm-up 'hors d'oeuvre' ahead of the back-to-back Ashes, following their arrival in England for the upcoming Tests.
Despite being without Indian Premier League (IPL)-bound skipper Brendon McCullum and star batsman Ross Taylor from the start, the New Zealanders are ready to get their teeth into the tour and take a bite out of Alastair Cook's team, the Mirror reports.
Hoping to perform better than their 0-0 draw in March over three Tests, Black Caps coach Mike Hesson has said that he can guarantee that they will work hard in the upcoming Tests, adding that his side is making progress in the Test format and would not like to be compared with an entree for the main dinner course.
Stating that he is confident that the team can win in England this time, Hesson said the confidence has been carried out from the last series, although he added that they cannot get too carried away as a group.
Hesson further said that he is not disappointed with McCullum and Taylor not turning out for the beginning of the series, adding that he is glad about that as the team has a strength of 15 members for which it is hard to give every player an opportunity to play with two warm up games.
Echoing Hesson's views, cricketer Kane Williamson, who will be filling in for McCullum for the first match at Derbyshire on Saturday, said that he believed that the team is not looking at the Ashes as a warm-up as they have nothing to do with it.
Stating that winning the Test series will be a big coup for them, Williamson said that the team wants to improve every game being a young side. (ANI)