Cricket: Michael, son of Martin Snedden, feels no pressure following dad's footsteps

The pressure of a name can weigh heavy on an athlete's shoulders. That is unless you're Michael Snedden.

Michael follows a long and distinguished line of Sneddens to play cricket in New Zealand. His father, grandfather and great grandfather have all played first-class cricket in this country.

His dad, Martin, was the only one to play for New Zealand but Michael doesn't feel any undue pressure to follow in his father's footsteps.

"Na not really I think that that was a long time ago and he wasn't that good back in the day was he," Michael told Newshub.

Michael's burgeoning career takes another step on Saturday when he lines up for a New Zealand XI in a three day match against Sri Lanka.

He's hoping this one goes better than his last.

"I actually played a game against Sri Lanka four years ago and I only lasted six overs in that game because I dislocated my shoulder, so hopefully I get to the seventh over tomorrow."

Snedden will be handed the new ball against the tourists on a seamer-friendly McLean Park pitch, but the grassy wickets aren't the only worry for Sri Lanka.

"The weather is really difficult," captain Dinesh Chandimal told Newshub.

"You know, in Sri Lanka, we get 30-35 every day so it's really challenging."

Sri Lanka was rugged up at a sunny Napier today as they acclimatised to the chilly New Zealand conditions.

They couldn't blame the conditions for their 3-0 series whitewash at home against England, though, and have taken inspiration from the Blackcaps performances against Pakistan to help them on foreign soil.

Normally New Zealand, when they go into sub-continent, will struggle a lot but this time they have played some outstanding cricket, Chandimal said.

The young New Zealanders are also out of their comfort zone.

"I've never played in a stadium arena before so I think it will be pretty fun," said Sneddon.