Hesson disappointed with middle order

04 March 2018 06:46:00 EST
Ross Taylor

New Zealand's middle order failed in Wellington, leaving coach Mike Hesson disappointed with their effort in the third ODI against England.

Hesson felt a lack of "batsmanship" hurt the Black Caps as the tourists took a 2-1 lead in the series.

Chasing 234 to win at Westpac Stadium, New Zealand fell four runs short as captain Kane Williamson was unable to nail a six off the final ball of the match.

There was some poor decision making, others (showed) a bit of lack of execution.

Mike Hesson

The Black Caps' problems came when they lost four wickets for six runs in 22 balls.

Hesson said it had been a difficult pitch for batsmen to get started on, with Williamson the only player in the match to reach 50.

The captain finished unbeaten on 112 from 143 balls, with two sixes and six fours.

He put on 96 for the seventh wicket with all-rounder Mitch Santner, who made 41 before being run out.

"There was some poor decision making, others (showed) a bit of lack of execution," said Hesson. "It just required a bit of batsmanship through the middle to bat with Kane and we didn't get it until Mitch (Santner) came in and did superbly.

"Certainly it was a bit more like an old school one-dayer, a bit more in it for everybody and it certainly required a different skill set than often required."

The Black Caps are likely to get Ross Taylor back for the fourth match in Dunedin.

Taylor was sidelined by a thigh injury in Wellington but Hesson said he had made good progress.

"Any side in the world, you miss those quality players in your line-up," said Hesson. "We've got some exciting talent, the likes of Mark Chapman, but at the moment they're not Ross Taylor. Ross is obviously in great form so let's hope he's back for Dunedin."

New Zealand are 1/1 to win the fourth ODI against England, who are 4/5.

Ross Taylor is 4/1 to be the Black Caps' top batsman.

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