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Coach Hesson: NZ win just a ‘step forward’

 New Zealand coach Mike Hesson conceded that at times in the past 12 months he had felt the cricketing gods were conspiring against his side winning a Test match after putting themselves in a position to do so.

New Zealand had not won a Test since they beat Sri Lanka in Colombo in November 2012, a match that ended with Brendon McCullum replacing Ross Taylor as captain.

Under McCullum, the team had failed to win a Test, having drawn six and lost four games before they clinched their first win with an innings and 73-run victory over West Indies in the second Test in Wellington on Friday.

“I guess for (our luck) to change so quickly yesterday was satisfying for the guys,” said Hesson.

“We have put in a lot of work in different tests ... and it just hasn’t worked for us so now we’re all pretty delighted that the win has come.”

Hesson, like McCullum, had felt that it was a matter of time before they claimed the win, believing the team was slowly improving from match to match and getting more consistent in their bowling and batting.

“If the performance came in isolation I guess it wouldn’t bring as much satisfaction. Since England last (March) we have been consistent in the way we have gone about things.

“It’s not a win in isolation. It’s something we have built up over a period of time and we know that we haven’t nailed it yet, but this is just another step forward for this team.”

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