Jofra Archer from England says adjusting to the Kookaburra ball was the first challenge before Thursday's first test against New Zealand, but hopes it will come a little bit on the surface at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, it will help level the playing field.
Archer made his test debut in the Ashes vs Australia series earlier this year, taking 22 goals in four games and is England's main bowler in New Zealand in the absence of injured James Anderson.
This series of two tests is Archer's first overseas tour, and his main concern is the Australian ball, which has a much less pronounced seam than it is used to.
"I've never seen the red Kookaburra before, but I knew it would be hard, so it proved," he wrote in the Daily Mail column.
"People say it has a smaller seam than the Dukes ball we use in England, but I'm not sure it has a seam at all. It is not pronounced on any part of the ball. It does not retain gloss and ages very quickly. "
Archer trusts in the speed of the Maunganui pitch after he played in the "flattest" life in Whangarei in his last warm-up match in England.
"We've heard that conditions on Mount Maunganui can be more helpful and there may be a bit more pace, so … it could be something to work with," he added.
"When conditions are not on offer, you have to try everything you can. You must be resourceful here, as we discussed as a group. "
One of Ashes' highlights was Archer's battle with Australian Steve & # 39; em Smith, who plundered 774 runs in four matches, despite a concussion after being hit by a 24-year-old goalkeeper.
Archer said that English bowlers could be tested by New Zealand captain Kane & # 39; and Williamson, number 3 batter in the world.
"I didn't want to go bowling again with Steve Smith shortly after what happened last summer," he added. "But there is Kane Williamson in New Zealand who won't give you much either.
"We'll probably have to try everything against him, although he plays short ball quite well."