McMillan: Pace is not something to be feared

New Zealand's batting coach Craig McMillan has urged his team to embrace the expected bouncy pitch in Perth for the second Test against Australia, starting on Friday.

The Waca ground has a history of assisting the fast bowlers and Australia have plenty of pacemen in the side that they could call upon, like Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson.

McMillan though feels the surface will be similar to the one the Black Caps played on the first Test in Brisbane, which the tourists lost by 208 runs.

The 55-Test capped McMillan said: "In my experience playing here is it's very similar to the Gabba [Brisbane].

"Perhaps it has a longer history of pace and bounce, which is part of the fairytale story that gets related every time there's a test in Perth.

"You get full value for your shots. Pace is not something to be feared. It's to be excited by and encouraged. It's just adjusting, and the fact Starc and Johnson are pretty much above 140kmh all the time that is a slight adjustment.

"That why the second innings [in Brisbane] was so important."

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