New Zealand in Bangladesh 2013-14 October 3, 2013

Hesson expects tough series


New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has remained realistic of the challenges for his young side in the next three weeks, particularly given that New Zealand haven't had an easy time in Bangladesh during their last two visits. They were famously crushed 4-0 in the ODI series in 2010, while in 2008 they had a close call in the first Test in 2008 before Daniel Vettori's valiant effort in the second innings chase.

"We had a tough last series where we won the second match but it was a hard fought Test, chased over 300 runs in the last innings," Hesson said. "We are expecting nothing less than a tough series.

"We have spent nine days in Sri Lanka before arriving here where we faced many spinners, we are well aware about the spinners in Bangladesh. We know we have to face couple of left-arm spinners and also we have to face [Sohag] Gazi and couple of off-spinners."

One of the threats for the home side will be the reverse swing extracted by New Zealand's pack of quick bowlers. "It's tough for the fast bowlers to get success in these conditions but I have a bit of success in this part of the world," fast bowler Trent Boult said. "My plan is to swing the new ball as much as I can. I will also look to reverse swing the ball later in the innings. And hopefully, the conditions will suit me."

Boult has taken 49 wickets in the last two years for New Zealand, their best performer with the ball during this period. He will lead the bowling attack that consists of fellow left-armer Neil Wagner, Doug Bracewell and Mark Gillespie. But they will miss the services of Tim Southee, their most successful bowler in the subcontinent in the last two years.

Boult has taken 14 wickets in the sub-continent at an average of 27.35, and has also helped his side win a Test match in Sri Lanka last year. He will bank on this experience in his first tour of Bangladesh.

He, however, hasn't said if he has targeted anyone in the Bangladesh line-up, though his potency against left-handed batsmen can be seen in the number of times he has dismissed them in his 15-Test career. "I just want to do my job and hope I could take as much wickets I can, I haven't targeted anyone. I just want to lead the attack, and take wickets."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on October 8, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    Trent Boult will be the one to watch out for the Tigers or whatever the Bangladeshis call themselves. Imagine him taking 5-wkt hauls against England, ta! Hope he can swing the ball according to his need but still the massive heat in Ban will still remain a challenging factor for the visitors. C'mon you BlackCaps!

  • Tauhidul on October 7, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    Let the match start. Too much pre-match talk, the winner will be the team who plays well in the field after 2 days.

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2013, 23:10 GMT

    NZ Never Discount the Home Team. We proved that in the Test series at home against England. Boult is the Key for Nz bowlers, if he swings it he can make any batting side look suspect. NZ should expect a lot of spin, suspect techniques will be found out (Fulton). There is a lot to be gained from both sides. Looking forward to some good cricket from both sides.

  • sohel on October 6, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    Each and every body got right to support their own team but please respect each other

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    ross taylor, macculam will be key for nz on the other hand sakib , mushi and gazi for a fan we expect a good game.

  • Farhan on October 6, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    I dont think we the BD fan should be over confident like this. Supporting your team and gloating is not the same thing. Yes I want BD to win all the matches too but saying things like we are gonna win it by 3-0 1-0 is not right. Its being disrespectful to NZ. They are a good team infact they are they are better than us so Im not sure how some of my fellow BD fan is so sure about the result. Anyway I'd like to wish all the best to Bangladesh. Hope they win some matches

  • Shoaib on October 6, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Netherlands beat England in T20 game. Bangladesh will thrash the black caps 1-0 and 3-0.

  • Android on October 6, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    In general the BD fans are just a bit too overconfident. Remember 2012 wct20? All that trash about upset and result? Mccullum finished the game in just 10 overs. I am not ruling BD out but you all are just too overconfident, too much. Even if you win, what will that prove? Home Track bullies just like what SL are now without vaas and murali in tests.

  • Twohedul on October 6, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Everyone talking about bd spinners but i can see bd pacers are also in good form...rubel and alamin has been destructive in DPL recently in our famous slow pitches...Robiouls Zim performance also gives some hope. So a bowling attack combining dangerous shakib gazi razzak and pacers in good form means only one thing and that is tearing apart NZ batting line up. If our batters can match that, there is only one outcome of the series and that is BD wining it 2-0!

    A lot of NZ fans talking about their performance against England. But my freinds those games played in different you will be facing hungry tigers in their territory and please take note these tigers are now real tigers who is now grown up and learnt how to hunt...they are no longer in their infancy when you guys used to come and bulldoze over them!

  • Chris on October 6, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    New Zealand fans still seem to have forgotten the embarrassing fact that the last series between the 2 sides resulted in a 4-0 whitewash. In fact, back then New Zealand board asked to cancel the test series for now and play it in 2012 but hasn't happened and we can see why. That was without Tamim and Mashrafe.

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