Indian players celebrating the dismissal of Ross Taylor. (AFP)
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After being thrashed 4-0 against all odds in the ODI series by hosts New Zealand, Team India will hope to make amends in the first Test of the two-Test series starting today at the Eden Park in Auckland.
India have not won a Test match on the road since June 2011, having lost nine out of 12. On the other hand, in the last two years, the Black Caps have won just three out of the last 21 Tests they have played but keeping their ODI form in mind, NZ are a team on the rise and look a better outfit than India.
India won the Test series 1-0 last time around in New Zealand in 2008 but this Kiwi outfit seems much more accomplished than five years ago and looks a bigger threat this time around.