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Black Caps coach hails NZ's 'never say die attitude' after meteoric first tour

Black Caps coach Gary Stead gave his side's tour of the UAE a pass, securing a Test series win nearly 50 years in the making in his first assignment with the New Zealand side.

Having replaced popular coach Mike Hesson earlier this year, Stead endured a mixed tour of the UAE against Pakistan, being swept in the T20 series, drawing the ODI leg 1-1 before a sensational 2-1 win in the Tests, the first New Zealand side to do so since 1969.

Speaking after the Black Caps arrived into Auckland Airport this afternoon, Stead told reporters that he was pleased with his introduction into international cricket.

"(It was) very pleasing," he began.

"The guys played really well. The whole tour - right from the T20s at the start - were close games, we always knew they were going to be like that.

"For us to come out on the right side of them in some pretty important Test matches was great."

Stead also hailed his side's spirit, having fought back from behind the game to win the third Test in Abu Dhabi over the last week.

"It just shows that they're strong in character. They have a never say die attitude, and that's really important.

"As Kiwis, we admire those things as well. 

"I'm really, really proud of the way the guys played the whole tour, and to come away with a series win that hasn't been done for 50-odd years, is really special."

Stead and his side won't be out of action for long though, with Sri Lanka next on the agenda, the first Test beginning at Wellington's Basin Reserve next Saturday.

Gary Stead's first tour in charge of the Black Caps saw a famous win over Pakistan. Source: 1 NEWS