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We’ve some good bowlers, look forward to spin challenge in Tests: Santner

Kolkata: New Zealand left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner and his spin colleagues are eagerly waiting to grind out on friendly tracks in the Test series against India after suffering a reversal in the Twenty20 series.

After making an early exit from the T20 World Cup, India whitewashed New Zealand in the three-match series.

Playing the bilateral series three days after their T20 World Cup final defeat, New Zealand rested some of their key players, including skipper Kane Williamson.

The World Test champions are now gearing up for the two-Test series, beginning November 25.

"Hopefully the boys are ready for the first Test in Kanpur. It's a quick turnaround again. We have some good spinners, we know spin will play a big part. It's about just trying to grind out as much as possible," Santner said at a virtual media interaction on Sunday night.

"We've seen how good Ashwin, Jadeja and Axar Patel can be in these conditions. We've got guys like Ajaz (Patel) and (Willliam) Somerville who are pretty eager to see some spinning wickets."

Santner is well aware of the tough challenges in India as he was quick to recall their 2016-17 tour when they suffered a 0-3 thrashing in Tests beginning with the Kanpur Test. They later went on to lose the five-match ODI series 2-3.

"It doesn't matter what format you come up against India, they're a tough challenge to beat. We saw that in 2016."

Santner stood in as captain in the third and final T20 of the series here at Eden Gardens on Sunday as they were bowled out for 111 in their chase of 185.

"It's been a quick turnaround from the World Cup. But we pride ourselves on turning up and play some good cricket against a very good Indian side and win a series.

"It's tough to do and they showed once again that it's a tough challenge to come to India and play a really good side. We were good in patches."

Opting to bat, Rohit Sharma struck 56 off 31 balls, his third successive half-century. He was adjudged man-of-the-series for being the top run-getter.

His vice-captain and opening partner KL Rahul also scored a half-century as the duo put up a century-plus stand in the second T20. Rahul was rested for the final match.

"The challenge for us was to get wickets at the top and we couldn't throughout the series. But credit the way Rohit and KL batted at the top.

"We had our chances, but the conditions changed in every game and dew played a major factor. And then again tonight (Sunday), it was there, but it didn't get any worse.

"We were outdone this series but we're looking forward to the 12 months towards the next World Cup," he signed off.

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