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Commit more time, money to develop spin bowling skills: NZ great to players
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Commit more time, money to develop spin bowling skills: NZ great to players
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Auckland, Dec 7 (TIWN) Former New Zealand skipper Jeremy Coney had demanded the Black Caps commit more time, energy and money to develop their spin bowling skills in the wake of the humiliating loss to India in the second and final Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday.

The Indian spinners had reduced New Zealand to 140/5 in their second innings at stumps on the third day and they wrapped up victory in 43 minutes on the fourth morning, bundling out New Zealand for 167 runs in 56.3 overs to record a smashing win.  India's spin magic was not lost on the 69-year-old Coney, who played 52 Tests scoring more than 2,600 runs for the Kiwis. He urged New Zealand Cricket (NZC) to spend some time and resources to improve the Black Caps' skills at facing and bowling spin.  Though New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel rattled India with his 10-wicket haul in the first innings, the visiting team batters were woeful against Indian spinners managing only 62 and 167.  "I think NZ Cricket need to be braver and believe in spin bowling and commit time and money to the development of that part of the game," Coney said on SENZ's post-Test coverage on Tuesday.

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