New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has some simple advice for England and Australia when they tour India in the coming months - win the toss and make a huge first-innings total.
Williamson lost all three tosses in his team's 3-0 Test series defeat to India, giving Virat Kohli's men the first use of the best batting conditions and leaving tourists facing a harrowing trial by spin and reverse swing as they tried to catch up.
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The Black Caps lost the first Test on a dust bowl in Kanpur by 197 runs, the second on a seamers' pitch at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata by 178 runs and the third on a dry Indore wicket by 321 runs.
"Winning the toss would be helpful," Williamson said. "You certainly have to be at your best. It is important to spend time at the crease and create pressure batting first, if possible.
"This India side is a very good team and they know these conditions better than anyone. One has to admit India were far superior in this series."
England, currently gaining first-hand experience of sub-continental conditions in Bangladesh, are due to begin a five-Test series in India on November 9.
Australia, who were soundly beaten 4-0 on their last visit to India three years ago, return to the shores in February-March next year for four Tests.
The Black Caps succumbed to another masterclass by off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who grabbed a career-best 7-59 to finish with 13 wickets in the match and 27 in the series.
Set an improbable target of 475, New Zealand lost nine wickets in the post-tea session on the fourth day to be shot out for 153 in just 44.5 overs.
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Williamson said he was disheartened by his team's performance in the series, but denied the batsmen suffered from a mental block against Ashwin.
"Naturally it's very disappointing," he said. "Going into match we wanted to put together a more complete performance, but that wasn't the case.
"It's not a mental block against Ashwin, it's more about the quality of his bowling. He is best at exploiting these conditions. He has shown his class and deserved to be man of series.
"From our perspective, a positive for us was to get exposed to the best spinners in the world on these surfaces. When you get in that position, although it frustrating, you do learn a lot."
The massive win at the country's newest Test venue took top-ranked India's unbeaten streak at home to 14 Tests. Kohli has been undefeated in his last 13 Tests as captain with 10 wins and three draws.
Having ended the series with a day to spare, a bigger prize awaited the Indians after the match when former batting great Sunil Gavaskar presented the ICC Test championship mace to Kohli.
The mace has already changed hands thrice in the last three months. Australian captain Steve Smith won it in Sri Lanka in July and Pakistan's Misbah-ul Haq held it barely three weeks ago in Lahore.
"It is heavy, but holding it is a special thing," Kohli said after the presentation ceremony. "I am very proud of the boys. We're working very hard on the areas that need improvement.
"We will always try to improve as a side and give the people what they want to see."
Kohli said the team's aim was to play winning cricket on any surface, whether at home or abroad.
"We believe in our abilities," he said. "We should be good enough to do it on any surface and against any team. That is a step in the right direction.
"We believe in our skills and want to express ourselves the way we can on a cricket field. We finished two games in four days on perfectly fine Test cricket pitches.
"That gave us a lot of confidence for the season ahead."