New Zealand in Bangladesh 2013-14 October 5, 2013

Williamson frustrated after warm-up game abandoned

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Kane Williamson expressed his and New Zealand's disappointment after the practice match between New Zealanders and Bangladesh Cricket Board XI was abandoned due to a very wet outfield.

"It is very frustrating," Williamson said. "The boys have come off quite a bit of cricket, they have played a bit in Sri Lanka previously. It would have been really nice to play the match but it wasn't to be."

The umpires made the decision to call of play at 9.45am local time, 15 minutes after play was scheduled to start on Saturday at the MA Aziz Stadium, after bouts of overnight and early morning rain had submerged parts of the ground. The BCB XI squad left a few hours later, while the visitors had to shift base to the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium's indoor facilities once again.

"It is not ideal. It is a shame not to get a practice match, but we have a few days to train and prepare accordingly. You get thrown these curve balls at times, but you have to deal with them. It is no excuse for us. We have to prepare well in the next few days."

Williamson, who scored for 403 at an average for 50.37 for Yorkshire in the County Championship's First Division, is one of the three members of the New Zealand ODI side that lost 4-0 to Bangladesh in 2010. He was one of their better performers, scoring his first international century during the series.

"It was nice to spend some time in the middle there. But having said that, I haven't played a Test series here and neither have a lot of the boys. So it will be a good experience.

"We have been doing a lot of talking, particularly about the opposition and conditions over here. We are trying to simulate all those things and move our game forward.

"It is a tough place to bat, and something that I have to get used to. I am touring the world, playing in all different types of conditions. Bangladesh is certainly different than what we are used to."

That difference in playing conditions will take a little more time to adjust as it is likely that they will continue to train indoors for another day. The relayed surface at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium is undergoing last-minute work, and as a result, they have been given just a short period of time to warm-up at the first Test venue.

Head curator Zahid Reza Babu has prepared two wickets for the Test, and both haven't had a ball bowled on them after the relay. The previous Test played here was in December 2011, after which the ground went for a complete overhaul of its outfield and playing square.

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

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  • Captainman on October 8, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    @Albert: Flat track, slow track, fast track, spinning track blah blah blah Nasir Hossain can play on all those tracks. He's very young and keeps on getting better and better. You know it just just don't want to admit it :P

  • Captainman on October 8, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    @Singh: First of all Nasir Hossain is better than you something we can all agree on :) secondly Nasir Hossain hasn't played South Africa yet but if he did then I'm sure he will also score good runs against them like he has so far against all teams in his early career. Thirdly, Nasir is a stroke player. fourthly, the last time Bangladesh toured New Zealand, though they lost it was actually very close and Bangladesh have clearly improved since then :P and lastly, Cricket is a game played on all surfaces and conditions. Doesn't matter where runs or wickets are made they all count mate :P

  • The_Ashes on October 8, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    People talk about Kane Williamson 145* against South Africa. According to match report, the pitch was flat and Dale Steyn wasn't playing plus his remaining ODI 100s were against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh so :) fact is Nasir Hossain is younger and is averaging much better than him :P last time I've checked, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, West Indies, India etc were better than Bangladesh according to you guys. Fair is fair :D

  • on October 8, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    @Cricket_is_Unpopular How about his 145 not out vs South africa in south africa vs Morkel, tsotsobeetc. Overrated Nasir.....

  • on October 8, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    @Maskin_Tape Same old issue again. New Zealand are NOT AFRAID of Bangladesh. Sure you lot are good team but NZ travel through FTP of ICC which didn't make anither tour and besides I would like to say, nobody wants to tour your country. You lots are simply overrating your team. They may win, for sure but what will it prove? HOME TRACK BULLIES!!! Come to NZ, we will show you what we can do. I may be sorry fir my aggression but you lot are just talking "2010-2010-2010". If thats the case, 2002-2003-2007-2009, various world cups we have been vuctorious. Now learn to respect other teams.

  • Albert_cambell on October 8, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    Williamson is a good player. I still remember the 145 notout he scored against us in an ODI match. Nasir hossain played most of the games in flat tracks. Forget about green tracks. Nasir hossain is yet to play a game in a turning track. Then we can judge how good he is.

  • kiwicricketnut on October 8, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    Bangladesh fans ragging on williamson, not sure why, his record isn't great yet but he is improving all the time, i never expected him to just walk into test cricket and be an immediate success, he is a quick learner and a hard worker and will be a dominant batsman in the next couple of years im sure. By the way he is probably nz's best player of spin so you probably shouldn't give him anymore motivation by telling him how over rated he is, trust me your spinners wont keep him up at night, i look foward to some very long innings from williamson, making your spinners look very average indeed. We'll see how over rated he is at the end of the tour but i think you'll be eating your words

  • Masking_Tape on October 7, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    @Yashovardhan Singh, so who's fault is it that NZ hasn't toured Bangla since 2010? They haven't played since 2010. Doesn't matter how long ago it was, it was the most recent series and that's what people will recall.

  • Masking_Tape on October 7, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    So Nasir's average doesn't count because it came against Zim, WI, SL, Pak spinners? And because it came on flat pitches? First all all, WI, SL, Pak even Zim have good fast bowlers that troubled guys like Tamim, Shakib, Rahim on the same flat pitches. But Williamson's count because it came on fast pitches? Ok so what's his average against spinners?

  • Captainman on October 7, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    @Dhutu: Yeah! but the point is so far in his 10 test matches and 25 ODIs, he has been very consistent and almost reaching 1000 runs each at well over 40. But its good to see that you are still using excuses just like that Sri Lanka series last time :) didn't Nasir score a test 100 and 73* in that tour against your team? :)

  • Captainman on October 8, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    @Albert: Flat track, slow track, fast track, spinning track blah blah blah Nasir Hossain can play on all those tracks. He's very young and keeps on getting better and better. You know it just just don't want to admit it :P

  • Captainman on October 8, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    @Singh: First of all Nasir Hossain is better than you something we can all agree on :) secondly Nasir Hossain hasn't played South Africa yet but if he did then I'm sure he will also score good runs against them like he has so far against all teams in his early career. Thirdly, Nasir is a stroke player. fourthly, the last time Bangladesh toured New Zealand, though they lost it was actually very close and Bangladesh have clearly improved since then :P and lastly, Cricket is a game played on all surfaces and conditions. Doesn't matter where runs or wickets are made they all count mate :P

  • The_Ashes on October 8, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    People talk about Kane Williamson 145* against South Africa. According to match report, the pitch was flat and Dale Steyn wasn't playing plus his remaining ODI 100s were against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh so :) fact is Nasir Hossain is younger and is averaging much better than him :P last time I've checked, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, West Indies, India etc were better than Bangladesh according to you guys. Fair is fair :D

  • on October 8, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    @Cricket_is_Unpopular How about his 145 not out vs South africa in south africa vs Morkel, tsotsobeetc. Overrated Nasir.....

  • on October 8, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    @Maskin_Tape Same old issue again. New Zealand are NOT AFRAID of Bangladesh. Sure you lot are good team but NZ travel through FTP of ICC which didn't make anither tour and besides I would like to say, nobody wants to tour your country. You lots are simply overrating your team. They may win, for sure but what will it prove? HOME TRACK BULLIES!!! Come to NZ, we will show you what we can do. I may be sorry fir my aggression but you lot are just talking "2010-2010-2010". If thats the case, 2002-2003-2007-2009, various world cups we have been vuctorious. Now learn to respect other teams.

  • Albert_cambell on October 8, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    Williamson is a good player. I still remember the 145 notout he scored against us in an ODI match. Nasir hossain played most of the games in flat tracks. Forget about green tracks. Nasir hossain is yet to play a game in a turning track. Then we can judge how good he is.

  • kiwicricketnut on October 8, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    Bangladesh fans ragging on williamson, not sure why, his record isn't great yet but he is improving all the time, i never expected him to just walk into test cricket and be an immediate success, he is a quick learner and a hard worker and will be a dominant batsman in the next couple of years im sure. By the way he is probably nz's best player of spin so you probably shouldn't give him anymore motivation by telling him how over rated he is, trust me your spinners wont keep him up at night, i look foward to some very long innings from williamson, making your spinners look very average indeed. We'll see how over rated he is at the end of the tour but i think you'll be eating your words

  • Masking_Tape on October 7, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    @Yashovardhan Singh, so who's fault is it that NZ hasn't toured Bangla since 2010? They haven't played since 2010. Doesn't matter how long ago it was, it was the most recent series and that's what people will recall.

  • Masking_Tape on October 7, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    So Nasir's average doesn't count because it came against Zim, WI, SL, Pak spinners? And because it came on flat pitches? First all all, WI, SL, Pak even Zim have good fast bowlers that troubled guys like Tamim, Shakib, Rahim on the same flat pitches. But Williamson's count because it came on fast pitches? Ok so what's his average against spinners?

  • Captainman on October 7, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    @Dhutu: Yeah! but the point is so far in his 10 test matches and 25 ODIs, he has been very consistent and almost reaching 1000 runs each at well over 40. But its good to see that you are still using excuses just like that Sri Lanka series last time :) didn't Nasir score a test 100 and 73* in that tour against your team? :)

  • Captainman on October 7, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    @Singh: Nasir stats against Bangladesh? oh wait he plays for them so he can't make runs against them :P he hasn't played South Africa yet. He is 2 years younger than overrated Williamson and already excelling in ODIs and Tests. If you remove Kane 100s against minnows Bangladesh and Zimbabwe his average drops below 25 ha!

  • Warm_Coffee on October 7, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    @Singh: Excuses! and Kane Williamson 2 of 3 one-day 100s are against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh lol

  • SaroarIslam on October 7, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    We are ready to rock the field. .be prepare guys for another test win. .may be series also. .go ahead tigers. .

  • on October 7, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    @Cricket_is_unpopular Hahahaha! Almost 3/4 of the Nasir's innings have come against Zimbabwe and minnows. Plus west indies and sri lanka won't count. That was flat pitch and if you take that in consideration, Williamson averages 41 againat sa (steyn,phil,morkel) and 39 in odis. Has nasir ever played against them. Now cry your eyes out.

  • Dhutugemunu on October 6, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    @ Cricket_is_Unpopular; Both Kane and Nasir are young cricketers and it's unfair to compare them. Nasir played 10 tests and 25 ODIs which is approximately half the matches Kane played (Tests 25, ODIs 45). A player can have a higher average at the beginning of his career (Eg: Faf Du Plessis during his 1st couple of games had an extraordinary average.). Nasir plays at #6 or 7 which is lower middle order and his job is to hit hard which increases his strike rate. Kane plays ate #3 or 4 which is the top order and his job is to consolidate the inning possible to have a slightly lower strike rate. Anyway both are prospects for their respective teams.

  • on October 6, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    @Maskin_Tape Same old story "2010-2010" Its 2013 and you may wait and see what it has in it for you.

  • Captainman on October 6, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    lol 23 year old Williams better than 21 year old Nasir yeah sure. Williams averages 31 and 36 in ODIs and Tests. Nasir Hossain averages thus far 45 and 46 in ODIs and Tests all at a higher strike rate as well.

  • on October 6, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    I agree Bangladesh is weak playing pace bowling. But nobody except for BB McCullum plays spin well for NZ. Specially left arm spin. Also the pitch is spin friendly. So,it'll be interesting if fast bowling squashes the tigers or spin bowling squashes the black caps. Bangladesh is improving,so the fans wouldn't need to tell their grandchild glorious history.

  • on October 6, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    series will be 1-1, 1st test bd win, other nz.bd team should be tamim, anamul(I don't expect so much from him), naeem, sakib, mushi, nasir, riad, gazi, razzak,robiul, alamin. bd have still remained problem at opening.razzak can be replaced by mominul or marshal.

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  • EnglishCricket on October 6, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    New Zealand should win this pretty easily. Kane Williamson is some young talent and definitely future captain for New Zealand. He is much better than Nasir Hossain I think.

  • Masking_Tape on October 6, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    Shane O'brien, I'm sorry but what monumental rock were you under the last time the Kiwis got squashed by the Bangla?

  • calcu on October 6, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    I cant believe that Bangladesh fans think that their side is going to win or even draw a test. The ODI and T20 series is set to be competitive but that is not going to be the case for tests. NZ is a ever improving side and almost defeated Eng in a test series. On the other hand Bangladesh has enjoyed some success recently against WI and SL in ODIs but have been destroyed in tests.(except for the one solitary drawn test against SL on an absolute highway)

  • on October 6, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    Remember in the T20 world cup that all the Bangladeshi fans said that Banga would win - remember what happened. If the weather holds I expect NZ to win both tests by very very large margins and several records to be smashed. Love it when NZ play Bangladesh - good for NZ's averages.

  • on October 6, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    Bangladesh have no chance.

  • on October 6, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    My line up for first test - Tamim, Anamul, Naeem / Marshall, Shakib, Mushfiq, Nasir, Mahmudullah, Gazi, Razzak, Rubel, Al-Amin.

  • jimbond on October 6, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    Lack of practice for NZ should make this series interesting. The pitches would typically be spin friendly, with no assistance for NZ's main bowlers who rely on swing. Bruce Martin's left arm spin variety is familiar to BD batsmen, and Ish Sodhi may be too inexperienced. This should hence even it out, and provides the best chance for Bangladesh to show some positive result against a proper international side. Still, NZ is a fighting side, and I wouldn't dare to bet against them.

  • Masking_Tape on October 6, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    S.m. Likhon, they don't have to prove jack to anyone. People already know what this team is capable of. This is not 2005. The team just need to start proving to themselves and win games, simple.

  • Albert_cambell on October 6, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    I hope Bangladesh Acheives something in this series. So that their fans can share something with their grandchildren. Otherwise they will end up telling their rare wins like the ODI series win against WI and beating Ind and SL in the Asia cup to their grandchildren.

  • somethingdifferent on October 5, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    Theoretically practice or no practice, New Zealand should have no difficulty in handling BD. As even after so many years BD is just not good enough for this level. It is just beyond their league. It is simple and honest fact and should be accepted. Period.

  • MAN_AT_WORK on October 5, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    There is a Big possibility to washout first test :(

  • Warm_Coffee on October 5, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    Bad for New Zealand but good thing for Bangladesh is that Shakib will have those extra days just to make sure his finger that he injured will become that bit more better. Hopefully just get all the rain out of the way now so we can see a full test series.

  • on October 5, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    This is the high time for BD cricket to show the world how improve they made ....

  • TheRisingTeam on October 5, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Well good to see that Cricket will finally return to ZACS in Chittagong after a 2 year hiatus. Can't wait to see what it looks like now and now with the brand new Syhlet stadium getting done, Bangladesh will have upto 4 top quality stadiums and it will be good for players and staff since they will have access to proper equipment and facilities. Patience is the key for both teams since they are so eager to get going and that needs to be applied in the long form anyway so a good practice mentally shall we say. ODI series really should've been 5 ODIs though in my view.

  • SyedAreYouDumb on October 5, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    Well as the square is getting relayed, they pitch may be different to what both teams thought it would be like. Also I am sure NZ will get huge bouts of experience from playing in these conditions and against quality spinners.

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  • SyedAreYouDumb on October 5, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    Well as the square is getting relayed, they pitch may be different to what both teams thought it would be like. Also I am sure NZ will get huge bouts of experience from playing in these conditions and against quality spinners.

  • TheRisingTeam on October 5, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Well good to see that Cricket will finally return to ZACS in Chittagong after a 2 year hiatus. Can't wait to see what it looks like now and now with the brand new Syhlet stadium getting done, Bangladesh will have upto 4 top quality stadiums and it will be good for players and staff since they will have access to proper equipment and facilities. Patience is the key for both teams since they are so eager to get going and that needs to be applied in the long form anyway so a good practice mentally shall we say. ODI series really should've been 5 ODIs though in my view.

  • on October 5, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    This is the high time for BD cricket to show the world how improve they made ....

  • Warm_Coffee on October 5, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    Bad for New Zealand but good thing for Bangladesh is that Shakib will have those extra days just to make sure his finger that he injured will become that bit more better. Hopefully just get all the rain out of the way now so we can see a full test series.

  • MAN_AT_WORK on October 5, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    There is a Big possibility to washout first test :(

  • somethingdifferent on October 5, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    Theoretically practice or no practice, New Zealand should have no difficulty in handling BD. As even after so many years BD is just not good enough for this level. It is just beyond their league. It is simple and honest fact and should be accepted. Period.

  • Albert_cambell on October 6, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    I hope Bangladesh Acheives something in this series. So that their fans can share something with their grandchildren. Otherwise they will end up telling their rare wins like the ODI series win against WI and beating Ind and SL in the Asia cup to their grandchildren.

  • Masking_Tape on October 6, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    S.m. Likhon, they don't have to prove jack to anyone. People already know what this team is capable of. This is not 2005. The team just need to start proving to themselves and win games, simple.

  • jimbond on October 6, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    Lack of practice for NZ should make this series interesting. The pitches would typically be spin friendly, with no assistance for NZ's main bowlers who rely on swing. Bruce Martin's left arm spin variety is familiar to BD batsmen, and Ish Sodhi may be too inexperienced. This should hence even it out, and provides the best chance for Bangladesh to show some positive result against a proper international side. Still, NZ is a fighting side, and I wouldn't dare to bet against them.

  • on October 6, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    My line up for first test - Tamim, Anamul, Naeem / Marshall, Shakib, Mushfiq, Nasir, Mahmudullah, Gazi, Razzak, Rubel, Al-Amin.