Blackcaps v India: Crucial toss looms at seamer-friendly Hagley Oval for second test

The Hagley Oval pitch is set to favour the bowlers when the second test between the Blackcaps and India begins in Christchurch on Saturday.

But there is confidence the surface will provide a fair competition between bat and ball.

While the first test wicket at the Basin Reserve was good to him and his fellow seamers, Trent Boult's expecting Christchurch to be even better. 

"You are not battling with the wind," said Boult. "The overheads, and it's generally a nice place to pitch the ball up and get it swinging around."

That means the side's only specialist spinner Ajaz Patel is increasingly unlikely to play. 

While the summer's been kind to groundsman Rupert Bool and his team, Saturday's opening session still brings nerves.

Trent Boult.
Trent Boult. Photo credit: Getty

"Everything we do over the whole summer is leading to this event," said Bool. "So if we are not nervous we are not in it for the right reasons.

India's promising to be more aggressive, as they look to square the series. 

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