NZ coach Hesson says focus on 2015 WC not affecting Test form

Wellington, Jan 7 (ANI): New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has admitted that the 2015 cricket World Cup is Kiwis' primary focus but denied that team's Test game is suffering as a result.

The coach put his players through their second torrid three-hour session in as many days at the Newlands nets today, the scheduled fifth day of the first test against South Africa following their humiliating defeat in the first Test match, Stuff.co.nz reports.

Hesson said the predominance of limited overs cricket and the focus on the big tournament in New Zealand and Australia in two years time wasn't handicapping their test cricket.

Hesson said when Black Caps are playing Test cricket then that is always their focus, adding that they don't to use it as an excuse for their constant failures in the longest version of the game.

The coach said there is no doubt that the 2015 WC is a focus as a group but we'll focus on that when the one-day internationals come around and even the Twenty20s.

Hesson said Test cricket is the center of focus for the team staff right now and they are trying hard to improve their performances.

Training over the past two days centred on replicating the intensity of South Africa's pace attack which blew New Zealand away for 45, before the hosts completed an innings-and-27-run victory before tea on the third day. (ANI)

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