New Zealand in Bangladesh, 2013-14 October 6, 2013

Bond looks to exploit Bangladesh pace weakness


Shane Bond, the New Zealand fast bowling coach, has said the side would be looking to exploit Bangladesh's weakness against pace when the first Test begins on Wednesday.

"Even though the wickets here are low and slow, I think history suggests that the quick bowlers have done well against Bangladesh," he said. "They are, no doubt, very tough in their own conditions and good players of spin bowling. So I think it's going to be hard work.

"It's going to be hot and the wickets are going to be flat, but they [New Zealand's seamers] still have to have an aggressive mindset, be willing to bowl short deliveries and pitch the ball up. So that's a pretty simple message that I'll be delivering to our seam bowlers."

Accurate fast bowling has troubled Bangladesh for as long as they have been around in international cricket. Six out of the top ten wicket-takers against Bangladesh are fast bowlers. Bond himself has taken 11 wickets in two Tests more than a decade ago.

Over the last few years however, the likes of Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan and lately Nasir Hossain has shown a lot of confidence against fast bowling, especially at home and consequently the Bangladesh top-order's chances of surviving against quality pace attacks has increased. So in addition to maintaining discipline with the new ball, Bond wanted his bowlers to make the older ball count.

"Hitting the stumps would probably be a good thing [with the older ball]. We have gone through the Bangladeshi players, the way they play. Some of them are really similar in their style of play," Bond said. "We have very specific plans for them, so whether it's the old ball or the new ball the main thing is to put the ball in your desired spot and execute the plans properly. We have done that well as a group in the last few years."

Reverse-swing is another advantage that Trent Boult and coach Mike Hesson have highlighted after arriving in Bangladesh, but Bond doubted whether it can be produced in the outfield at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.

"I am not sure [if we can utlilise it]. It depends on the condition if you look at the field out there its very lush and there are only a few dry strips so that might take the reverse swing out of the equation a little bit."

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

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  • Jordan on October 7, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    I like the logical thinking by bond.

    But people underestimating our spinners is a mistake!!

    Williamson, altho a part timer has been consistently taking wickets. Currently with a bowling average of 27 including a 4for against england. I'm sure he will look very dangerous on this wicket.

    Sodhi (although has a bad record) clearly has a lot of talent, his record isn't helped by NZ's flat pitches either. He will benefit greatly from the turning pitches in Bangladesh and could have made positive strides since joining the black caps.

    Martin is better than people think. Altho he didnt look potent at times, generally that was when he couldnt get the ball to turn. When Martin was able to get turn he took a lot of wickets. People seem to forget that "he was the answer to vetori" after his first few performances.

    3 completely different spinners offering something different. I think the variety is enough to offer something dangerous ON TOP of NZ's pace attack.

  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    @stuart_watson: I don't think playing spin is a weakness for BD now.....and I don't think New Zealand have enough good spinners to put our batsmen in danger.....but I'm scared of their pace attack.....hoping the conditions play in our favor!

  • Khub on October 7, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    I dont agree with shane bond. Condition is a huge fact now... No doubt there isnt anythng for pacers in bangladesh wicket. either it is low turn or batting paradise.. spinners got d maximum nmbr of wickets in a match.. evn d the teams destroyed bangladesh, destroyed with their spinners... evn spinners lyk harris (sa) nd botha (sa), suleman benn (wi), permaul (wi) looked lyk gr8 (!) spinner when they played in bangladesh.. so spinners hav 2 per4m..

  • James on October 7, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    Its a tough call for NZ to make. BD wickets are often not conducive to pace, but NZ doesn't have any great spin bowlers. So possibly what he means is that NZ will play to its strength, and utilize the fact that BD is weak against both spin and pace. It would have been good for NZ if Shane Bond himself could get in and bowl a few overs.

  • Stuart on October 7, 2013, 0:14 GMT

    Four out of the top five wicket takers against Bangladesh are spinners. Should Bond be seeking to exploit Bangladesh's weakness against spin instead? Regardless of the other merits of the argument the lazy use of statistics undermines the credibility of this article.

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    will this serise be shown in india ?

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

    Its true Bangladesh batsman struggle against serious pace especially the short stuff but seriously does New Zealand bowlers even boasts that kind of pace? though I think New Zealand pacers will get them the most wickets compared to their spinners in this series, it still looks pretty clear to me that whoever can bat the best will win it. Its a shame that our batsman don't have the best of temperament and throw their wickets away unnecessarily over the years but they have started to correct that now.

  • jared on October 6, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    If you want to scare a team with pace you have to pick quick bowlers, only gillespie is quick but he's not that quick, if this is nz's plan surely milne should of been selected, not sure who is the next quickest in nz, probably bevan small but you couldn't pick him yet, bracewell, boult, wagner all struggle to hit 140kms, that wont scare international batsmen even bangladesh batsmen, accuracy and swing is our strength, not pace.

  • Syed on October 6, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    Bond is thinking logically and positively and I am sure his pace bowlers will definitely bag a lot of wickets... It will also be interesting to see how their spinners also fair...

  • Chris on October 6, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    Bond is right but none of the New Zealand pacers are express themselves.

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