New Zealand tour of Bangladesh September 21, 2013

Fulton keen to broaden experience

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand batsman Peter Fulton has said he is looking forward to the challenge of playing in Bangladesh, his first Test series in the subcontinent. New Zealand play the first of their two Tests against Bangladesh starting October 9 in Chittagong. They will also play three ODIs and a T20 on their tour.

Fulton, who has played 15 Tests since his debut in 2006, has been preparing for the series by practising on worn-out tracks with his team-mate Dean Brownlie.

"The good teams, the good players are able to adjust to any conditions," Fulton told the New Zealand Herald. "That's probably the biggest challenge you have in international cricket. All around the world, you get different conditions, different types of bowling attacks and that's what makes it exciting. There's always something new to come to grips with."

Fulton, who was dropped from the side in 2009, earned a Test recall in 2012 against South Africa. His comeback, however, was cut short due to injury. Fulton, however, returned with a successful domestic season, scoring 1249 runs in 23 innings at an average of 59.47 and five hundreds. He carried that form into the Test series against England in March, finishing with 347 runs in five innings at an average of 69.40, including centuries in both innings of the Auckland Test. With a busy season scheduled for New Zealand, Fulton has set his sights on cementing his place for the home Tests against India.

"Hopefully that's the plan," Fulton said. "In terms of Tests for New Zealand over the last few years, there's sometimes been a bit of a shortage, so it's good to see a pretty busy Test programme and it'd be nice to be part of that."

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  • Syed on September 21, 2013, 20:38 GMT

    @Michael spot on mate. But trust me it won't be close when spinning are prepared. But NZ should take it as match practice against quality spinners for their next series which I believe is against Sri Lanka.

  • Dummy4 on September 21, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    Don't think NZ have forgotten what happened the last time they came to Bangladesh. This time they want revenge, and NZ have a much improved bowling lineup and some good batsmen coming through. If Bangladesh prepare turning tracks, it could be close, but otherwise NZ should steamroll Bangladesh.

  • Chris on September 21, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    Spinning pitches then Bangladesh will win this with ease since New Zealand not only don't have a quality spinner in the squad but batsman are very poor players of spin. Gazi the off spinner and Shakib the left arm spinner will be to much for them especially when Saqlain will join the BD camp soon. Pacers from both sides don't really have the pace to worry any batsman especially on a slow surface. Don't forget the likes of McCullum, Hamish, Wagner etc are already playing Champions League for Otago so not really ideal preparation for the longer series. However to be fair if these 2 teams were playing on a grassy wicket then New Zealand are strong favourites to beat us. My test 11 - Tamim, Anamul, Naeem, Rahim, Nasir, Shakib, Riyad, Mominul, Gazi, Rubel and Robiul.

  • Tim on September 21, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    Bangladesh are going to beat NZ comfortably. Last time NZ were there they were thrashed, inexplicably there were no tests that time. This time Bangladesh are in the best shape they've ever been. NZ are going to be smashed on the dusty pitches.

  • Shoaib on September 21, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    New Zealand are of course favourites but you cannot underestimate Bangladesh especially after what happened last time.

  • Khub on September 21, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    Clear prediction: NZ will the test series by 2-0. NZ also win the only t20 match.. Bt i guess Bangladesh will win the odi series by 2-1

  • Syed on September 21, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Fulton, practice hard because you will find the Bangladeshi spinners harder this time. I trust BCB will create spinning tracks because NZ spinners are not good and Bangladesh have the best spinners around. In the last series here when WI came they played on the usual flattracks because BCB were scared of Narine. But you guys don't have a bowler like Narine and WI are much better at playing spin then you guys are... I think your pace bowlers will be your only chance of winning. However expecting tough series and can't wait.

  • Dummy4 on September 21, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    New Zealand will thrash Bangladesh in all the matches :)

  • Shipu on September 21, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    New Zealand batting looks pretty good and exciting which not only has youth but along with it experience as well. Should've really included another 2 T20 matches on this tour since the World T20 is not far off and New Zealand would've been the first team to benefit from it since it will also be held in Bangladesh.

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