New Zealand in Bangladesh 2013-14

Hesson expects tough series

Mohammad Isam in Chittagong

October 3, 2013

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Trent Boult had Kumar Sangakkara caught at slip, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test, Galle, 2nd day, November 18, 2012
Trent Boult: "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" © Associated Press

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."

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Posted by   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!

Posted by tauhid_aks 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by MAN_AT_WORK on (October 6, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by asiacricket1234 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

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (October 6, 2013, 13:22 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by TwohedulAzam 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!

Posted by Ajmal_Chucker 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.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2013, 5:14 GMT)

@Cricket_is_Unpopular That would prove nothing would it? Home track bullies you will be. Come to New Zealand we'll show you. And New Zealand batting line up can't be "teared apart". You just wait and see.

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (October 6, 2013, 0:57 GMT)

@ cricket_is_unpopular, your right i don't like that bowling line up much either but with who's over there its the most balanced, trent boult picks himself, he's been brilliant, we will miss southee but the reason i went with wagner is he gets the ball to reverse swing when its roughed up and old which makes him more of a threat late in the innings, anderson also swings the ball but i admit 3 left arm seamers might be a bit 1 dimensional, bracewell offers batting depth but his bowling hasn't been flash of late, gillespie is the quickest but on those wickets he wont get much out of it, sohdi and martin are the only spinners there so you gotta pick them a bowling attack of anderson, vettori, southee, milne and boult would be ideal but vettori's body is failing so maybe swap him for sohdi.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (October 6, 2013, 0:20 GMT)

@ lilyblackcapsfan. Dont worry mate you dint see anything new here. They start to talk as their favourites before the start of every single series. But at the end of the series, you can see them giving excuses like, Pitch, Outfield, Umpiring decisions, Missing key players, lack of cricket..etc.

Posted by Ajmal_Chucker on (October 5, 2013, 20:21 GMT)

@kiwicricketnut: That's a poor bowling attack you have there especially on the pitches they will be playing on. It hardly swings much in Bangladesh especially during the day and neither of your pacers are express and that's what gets Bangladesh in trouble at test level. Spinners of New Zealand bar Vettori are of poor quality. Martin record is nothing great, Williamson is a part timer and Sondhi is just too inexperienced and record not that great either. Just watch how Bangladesh will tear your batting line-up apart. Its not just Shakib and Gazi left and right arm spin your batsman will be dealing with but Naeem, Marshall (leg spin), Nasir and Mahmudullah all who can sharply spin the ball providing the wicket offers turn and just as dangerous. As long as it doesn't rain, though you probably will be laughing, Bangladesh will win this 2-0 just watch.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (October 5, 2013, 14:06 GMT)

@tauhid:- No turn and just slow and low pitches will just cause injuries to our bowlers like the last series against Windies and will just be a boring run feast. You can be negative all you want but negativity is what brings the Bangladesh Cricket team down. I hope you haven't forgotten how Bangladesh destroyed leg spinner Graeme Cremer in the Zimbabwe test match, Sondhi is too young and inexperienced and is not accurate. Its better not to be scared even if NZ spinners surprises everyone. Only way to get a result.

Posted by tauhid_aks on (October 5, 2013, 13:44 GMT)

All my Bangladeshi brothers please don't be overconfident. We have improved a lot, but so has New Zealand. Don't forget they beat England in a ODI series in England. We should produce slow and low pitches, not turners, because turning pitch might give Sodhi the legspinner some assistance. Slow pitch will neutralise the threat of McCullum and Taylor, the attacking players, and hope Williamson will not be able to do any magic

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (October 5, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

Bangladesh will win this 1-0, 3-0 and T20 doesn't really matter.

Posted by Ajmal_Chucker on (October 5, 2013, 12:33 GMT)

@lilyblackcapsfan: There's nothing wrong with being 'confident'. What should we be negative? please! This is not 2003 anymore its 2013. The last series between Bangladesh and New Zealand resulted in an embarrassing whitewash for your team and Bangladesh have since then improved greatly thanks to their improved domestic structure and playing with so many foreign players hence giving our boys tremendous confidence. And as a result since 2012, Bangladesh have won more than 50% of their ODI games beating India, Sri Lanka, West Indies etc several times. Haven't lost by a test innings in almost 2 years and already drew 1 test and 1 won test this year already.

Posted by lilyblackcapsfan on (October 5, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

All you Bangladesh fans are getting far too confident. New Zealand played extremely well against England at home AND AWAY. And I do believe England was the 2nd best test team in the world at the time! New Zealand is a much better side than Bangladesh, and though the Bangladesh team may show some spirit, New Zealand will probably beat them by quite a margin.

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (October 5, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

Well if they are going to prepare rank turners we might as well play our spinners, i know ish sohdi isn't exactly ready for test cricket but you might as well blood him in against the worst test team, its not like he's going to be bowling to a amla or cook, so lets see what he can do. If there is nothing in the pitch for the quicks we might as well pick guys who swing the ball so that rules out gillespie and bracewell, not having southee could hurt us but my XI for the first test would be. 1.rutherford 2.latham. 3.williamson. 4.taylor 5.mccullum. 6.anderson. 7.watling 8.sohdi. 9.wagner. 10.martin. 11.boult. Having anderson at 6 gives us a third seamer and all the spin bases are covered, leg spin, left arm orthidox and williamsons off spin, should be enough options to take 20 wickets

Posted by   on (October 5, 2013, 4:56 GMT)

@Cricket_is_unpopular Flat pitch eh? Wellington and dunedin lost 2 days each due to rain or there would have been a winner. You are simply too overconfident on your team. Beware the kiwi tigers, they are and will be handfull

Posted by Antony_Lucas on (October 5, 2013, 1:27 GMT)

Bangladesh require all the conditions to go in their favour to remain competitive in the test matches. Bangladesh will be relying on NZ being slow starters. Bangladeshi spinners will get a few wickets but the New Zealand batsmen are collectively superior. Expect Trent Boult to continue his rapid rise

Posted by Ajmal_Chucker on (October 4, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

NZ fans overconfident. Yes we admit you are favourites and are the much better team but everyday is a new day and you don't know what's coming. You got bowled out for 47 this year so that says something about your team and you drew 0-0 in 3 match test series because you deliberately prepared flat pitches against England at home but were exposed to the same team when you toured to their country.

I remember the 2012 tour to India, New Zealand were awful to their spin and Bangladesh clearly looked on that and are preparing the same kind of wicket. Shakib and Gazi both left and right arm will be a nightmare. Don't forget we have Saqlain Mushtaq as spin consultant.

Posted by SpitFire on (October 4, 2013, 14:50 GMT)

I don't expect a comfortable win for any sides, but want it to be competitive and also get a feeling BD has a good chance here. I just hope they get some good umpires, not Asoka De Silva... Aleem Dar and Simon Taufel will be really good.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

@alex, u r clearly overrating ur team mate.yes u played well against Eng in ur backyard bt remember u r gonna play in our backyard.Last time it was Dan who saved u from loosing the test series n this time u dnt have him either ... i think its gonna b (BD) 1-0 (NZ) in the tests, (BD) 2-1 (NZ) in the ODIs n (BD) 0 - 1 (NZ) in the only T20 n talking about WI,they r a much better side than u r,they have a quality spinner n a good pace attack too ... also we drew a test against SL in our last tour n drew the ODI series ... :)

Posted by NixNixon on (October 4, 2013, 9:45 GMT)

I am A Saffa, but my 2nd favourite team is NZ. Not because they are second best but because I see them as a team with the potential to get into the top 4 test teams within the next two to three years. They should just be consistent with selection, keep playing the same 11. Also McCullum and Taylor needs to bat higher up. Like an Amla or a Kallis for SA. Think their bowling attack is underrated, they have good bowlers. My NZ 11: Rutherford, Fulton, Taylor, McCullum, Williamson, Neesham, Watling, Verotti, Southee, Wagner, Boult

Posted by calcu on (October 4, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

Well, the ODI and T20 series should be competetive, but I expect NZ to thrash Ban in the tests. a side that almost defeated Eng in a test series should dominate bangladesh.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

As far I m concern newzeland got few pacers who might be effective ..and if not thn they will be banglawash on test series as well . Tamim ,anamul r gud player of pace Marshall and mominul can play for long mushfiq is thr to cover the task and nasir is the wall , sakib is still left . Shohag gazi , robiul and Rubel Hossain should make the 1 st 11 .

Posted by Ajmal_Chucker on (October 4, 2013, 7:49 GMT)

Its an interesting series nonetheless. Its being confirmed across Bangladesh news media that the test pitches will be spinning ones so that's good. If Bangladesh can win this at least 1-0 that would be great and will at least show Bangladesh are starting to show a ride at test level. ZACS looks in top shape and drainage facilities have finally been completed. The squad looks very good and balanced from all aspects. Hopefully we'll see this 11 for test series:- Tamim, Anamul, Marshall, Naeem, Rahim, Shakib, Nasir, Riyad, Sohag, Rubel/Al-Amin and Robiul.

Posted by SimonRC on (October 4, 2013, 6:34 GMT)

I'm in Chittagong and it's raining on day one (Oct 4) of this game. Doesn't look like play will be possible.

Posted by Jordanious77 on (October 4, 2013, 3:43 GMT)

is this game even being played without commentary on cricinfo? IDK whats going on. im under the assumption that it's raining? but theres nothing to tell me otherwise.

ANYWAY.. New zealand should win this series easily.. They were arguably as good as England on the last couple of tours and no one would argue Bangladesh beating England... The series loss against Bang was a low for NZ cricket after a lot of turmoil and are on the way back up now. I'd expect a thrashing throughout most of these games. But im really looking forward to them :)

Posted by mattandy on (October 4, 2013, 3:14 GMT)

@Posted by Joe Thompson on (October 3, 2013, 19:02 GMT), Please, I wouldn't use the word "Thrashing" if i were you. Remember, what happened to NZ in 2010 series?? Yes that happened to NZ 4-0 Thra......!!!! I am from South Africa and naturally i will support SA against Pak in the next series but i like the Bangladeshi team as they are young and hungry for success. NZ team especially their batters must be on their best batting form because Bangla spinners headed by Sakib Hasan can make some serious damage.@Asiacricket1234 buddy, we are going to enjoy Pak weak batting team and beat them to pulps.....

Posted by gyusuf6 on (October 4, 2013, 2:52 GMT)

@Posted by asiacricket1234 on (October 3, 2013, 17:38 GMT) WHY Albert _Campbell have to concentrate on Pakistan?????? I am assuming he is a saffer then NO worries SA will beat Pakistan in tests 2-0 hands down. First Pakistan does not have any batting other than Yunus khan and Misbah and when they go whole Pak goes with them. Pak has good bowlers but batsmen will give away the win to SA.Moreover, The Saffers have too many good batsmen who can play spinners extremely well. So, No worries Albert!!!!

Posted by siddhartha87 on (October 4, 2013, 1:18 GMT)

Best option for Bangladesh will be prepare rank turners and go with only one pacer.It will also allow an extra batsman in the playing XI. The team shoild be- 1.T.Iqbal 2.Anamul 3.Ayub 4.Naeem 5.Shakib 6.Mushfiqur 7.Nasir 8.Mahmadullah 9. Gazi 10.Razzaq 11.Rubel

Posted by Bishop on (October 4, 2013, 0:09 GMT)

This will be a good test for NZ who have been notoriously weak against spin bowling. BD have a quality spin attack, and I expect the kiwis to be greeted with a day-4 type of pitch on the opening morning. NZ however are a much improved test team, and I expect them to be too good. Still, it should be an interesting series. Bring it on!

Posted by   on (October 3, 2013, 23:58 GMT)

almost wet my self when i read the comment that BD has one of the best spin attacks in the world. With the exception of Shakib there average at best. New Zealand have been on the up for the last year or so and are getting stronger, they've played very good test cricket against MUCH stronger sides than BD. They had a drawn series against ENG in NZ they nearly\should have won. They also drew the test series in Sri-lanka (which are a much better side than BD with a MUCH better spin attack). In the one dayers they've beaten SA and Eng in there own backyards. Meanwhile in comparison the best BD has done is loose narrowly a few times at home against the WI which aren't a bad team but certainly aren't comparable to Eng or SA. NZ are definitely favorites here in all formats no matter which way you look at it. BD may pull of an upset victory or 2 in the ODI's if they play well or NZ play badly. Im predicting 2-0 to NZ for the test series, 2-1 to NZ in the ODI's and a NZ win in the T20.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2013, 22:35 GMT)

I just don't get this why all the Indian and Pakistani people hate Bangladesh instead of supporting them trust me we will be best in Asia soon and before u say anything about bd think how many test cricket do they play in a year my


Posted by asiacricket1234 on (October 3, 2013, 21:53 GMT)

I do agree that Bangladesh have a good bowling line up but I think my fellow Bangladeshi fans are getting carried away here. We are not one of the best spin bowling line up. In fact our team have let us down in recent past too. I really hope that Bangladesh will be able to win test in this series but a little bit scared to get my hope high :/

Posted by   on (October 3, 2013, 19:02 GMT)

New Zealand will thrash Bangladesh 2-0, 3-0 and 1-0. Bangladesh are just not good enough.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (October 3, 2013, 18:13 GMT)

Bangladesh spin attack looks really strong. We have Shakib the left arm spinner and Gazi the young talented off spinner. Then we have Mahmudullah, Nasir, Naeem even Marshall with his leg spin can be real dangers providing the wicket offers turn. When Bangladesh has test matches at home, always prepare spinning wickets against teams that struggle to bat against spin and has weak spin bowlers and that way more draws/wins will be frequent in tests.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (October 3, 2013, 18:09 GMT)

@Samudro: The reason why Bangladesh prepared flat batting pitches for Windies test series was because of the threat of Narine and his mystery plus it was their first test series in almost 12 months that time so Bangladesh had to prove something and though they lost, they didn't lose by an innings and posted its highest test score. Still though should've won that first test against them but poor batting cost us in second innings and that remains a wary still in this coming New Zealand series. New Zealand doesn't have a quality spinner on this tour so that should bode well for the Bangladeshi team. Its already been confirmed that that the wicket for the first test will be a spinning one so that's good.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (October 3, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

Albert Not sure why are you waiting for Bangladesh to win a test? Should not you concentrate on Pakistan's next series?

Posted by Albert_cambell on (October 3, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

Alright many expecting BD to beat NZ. I am also expecting that. But dont underestimate NZ, they are also a good side and recently they played a lot of cricket in the subcontinent and won a test match in SL as well.

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (October 3, 2013, 17:05 GMT)

This Bangladesh spin attack is one of the best in the world. In the past Bangladesh had weaker team whilst NZ had a better teams than currently. One thing for certain is that NZ will get a difficult spin examination. I won't be surprised if NZ lose the ODI and Test series. Looking forward to Bangladesh answering their critics especially those of the tests.

Posted by Samudro2106 on (October 3, 2013, 16:57 GMT)

Spin bowling will definitely be the main weapon against NZ but first of all we have to ensure that the wicket is a spinny one rather than a flat road track. Against WI, we're supposed to have spinny pitches but surprisingly we prepared flat batting tracks which didn't give our 'not so good' bowling attack any chance to bowl WI out twice. And I'd like to see Robiul and Rubel also contributing at least in keeping things tight if not in taking wickets.

Posted by asikbadhon on (October 3, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

New Zealand will really miss Vettori and i don't think that they have quality spinner to threat BD(as like Vettori), but our players have tendency to through away wickets. They should be carefull,because it needs only one bowl to out a batsman,it doesn' depend on bowler. Sakib was enough tp threat them with bowl,but this time gazi is added!So it will be not so easy to face them as N.Zealand is coming with a new team(missing ryder,vettori,elliot,franklin,southee etc).If BD bat well then it will be easy win for them!my tem:Tamim,Anamul,Naeem,Mushfiq,Sakib, Nasir,Mahmudullah,Sohag,Razzak/Marshall,Robiul,Al Amin.Please don't include Rubel!He may take many wickets in recent matches,but in international level he is good for giving run to opponents!

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (October 3, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

Obviously New Zealand are favourites but even a draw against Bangladesh is a failure considering how poor our team has been in this form. This series is very important for Bangladesh as it will clearly confirm whether Bangladesh's good success in the last few years are all just 1 big fluke or this team is going somewhere. We shouldn't be losing to New Zealand now especially at home so really nothing less than a 1-0 win will do. Bangladesh already won 1 and drawn 1 in tests away this year and the 2 they have lost wasn't by an innings so this could be the best year in tests for Bangladesh if they can win over New Zealand.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (October 3, 2013, 16:35 GMT)

Waiting Bangladesh to win a test match against a top team and Still waiting. Lets see what they can do in this tour.

Posted by abhiyog on (October 3, 2013, 15:37 GMT)

The time has come for bangladesh to win a test against Top 8 nation and prove that they are no pushovers in tests. If Zimbabwe can win so too can Bangladesh no better inspiration than 4-0 win in ODIs a few years back. Hoping for at least 1-1 in tests.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (October 3, 2013, 15:02 GMT)

I expect Bangladesh to win at least one test here. NZ is a good team in fact they are better test team than Bangladesh so beating them is not going to be easy. Bangladeshi spinners have to do the main task as NZ batsmen are comparatively weaker against spin. In our last home series against WI we nearly won the first test. This time I wanna see them winning a test. Anyway Good Luck Bangladesh. So far we've a good year as a test team hopefully boys will end it on a high note

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