New Zealand in Bangladesh 2013-14 October 7, 2013

Taylor wary of Bangladesh threat

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New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has played down any talk of revenge of his side's 2010 drubbing at the hands of Bangladesh, ahead of the first of two Tests. A sunny morning in Chittagong finally allowed the tourists their first outdoor training session at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. The past two weeks had only seen rainy and gloomy weather, which had completely washed out the practice match at the MA Aziz Stadium.

New Zealand last visited the country for a bilateral series three years ago, which included only one-dayers. Taylor joked that he had forgotten all about the 4-0 loss. "Oh, until you mentioned it I forgot all about it. We need to be at the top of our game to not only compete but to put pressure on them as well," he said.

Taylor was wary of the hosts after what had happened in their only Test match at this venue five years ago. New Zealand won by three wickets, but not after conceding a first-innings lead, and being rescued by the then captain Daniel Vettori who scored two fifties. Taylor had made 12 and 9 in that game.

"The Test series last time was 1-0 here," Taylor said. "We were in a bit of trouble at one stage and Daniel [Vettori] and Co came and we batted really well. We are focusing on the Tests and we know that Bangladesh are a very good side in these conditions."

New Zealand are also aware of the individual threat that the Bangladesh players pose. Tamim Iqbal has five half-centuries in Tests and ODIs against them, while Shakib Al Hasan was the Man of the Series in 2010. The spinners Abdur Razzak, Sohag Gazi and Mahmudullah are also viewed as potential threats.

"Obviously Tamim and Shakib are world-class players. There's Abdur Razzak who has had a lot of success against us in the past," Taylor said. "We have seen a lot of [Sohag] Gazi through footage. Mahmudullah has played very well against us as well, scored a hundred in Hamilton.

"We have got some more scouting in the next couple of days. Cricket is a team game, but individuals approach each player. You give them a game plan and they figure out a formula. There are some good individuals in the Bangladesh side that we need to be aware of."

New Zealand's spin attack is inexperienced in comparison, but Taylor believes that Bruce Martin's wealth of experience in domestic cricket will be put to good use in spin-friendly conditions. Legspinner Ish Sodhi is the uncapped spinner in the squad, though it is likely that the tourists will go with the left-arm spin of Martin and the part-time offspin of Kane Williamson.

"Bangladesh wouldn't have seen a lot of them as well so that's a plus. Bruce Martin has been around for a long time, and has been very successful in domestic cricket, I am sure he will look to cement a spot in the Test arena and what better place than to do here than Bangladesh.

"Ish [Sodhi] is yet to make his Test debut as well, and if he does I am sure he will relish it. Any legspinner is going to be dangerous, if they put the ball in the right areas for a long time," he said.

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

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  • TheRisingTeam on October 7, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    This is a very important series for Bangladesh and one which Bangladesh have to show to the world that they are finally competitive and can consistently challenge and beat the better teams. Since 2012, the team has had good success reaching the final of the asia cup only to lose by 2 runs beating India and Sri Lanka on the way. They beat West Indies 3-2 in an ODI series without their best player, drew 1-1 in an ODI series to Sri Lanka away without their best player again. Though test Cricket is a massive problem for them, they still have shown some signs that they can do it. They haven't lost by an innings in the last 2 years posting 2 record high scores and first double centurion for nation. Already drew and won a test this year and now hopefully we'll see another positive result in this series. Bangladesh has very promising young players like Anamul, Nasir, Gazi etc and that's a big plus for Bangladesh Cricket. Can't wait for this New Zealand series!

  • on October 8, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    Ross Taylor: "We are focusing on the Tests and we know that Bangladesh are a very good side in these conditions".I cannot wait for the test to start and mr Joe did you remember bangla wash in Dhaka when we Bangladesh had defeated you guys 4-nel.

  • Captainman on October 8, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    @kiwi: Too many excuses. I just hope you fans don't run away and hide from the tigers when NZ struggles again in the series. Anyway should be a good series can't wait and hope rain stays away finally.

  • kiwicricketnut on October 8, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    Alot of very over confident bangladesh fans here, refering to an odi series defeat a few years ago as some sort of gauge on how this test series will pan out. First of all we came into that series straight out of our winter with absolutely no cricket under our belts to possibly the most alien conditions you can get when compared to nz, the same thing happened again when we toured the west indies under john wright, no preperation and we got smashed. Nz cricket has finally learnt from their mistakes and is making proper preperation before tours a priority, its a shame they lost the warm up game but most of these guys have had enough cricket to be ready for the tests which hasn't been the case in the past, there will be no ambush of under done nz cricketers this time round. If they fail this time there will be no excuses, then you can gloat all you want but somehow i think it will be the nz fans doing all the gloating.

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

    There was suppose to have been a 2 match test series when Bangladesh won 4-0 but hasn't happened. Stop cancelling tests BCB.

  • Warm_Coffee on October 7, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Tamim, Anamul, Marshall, Naeem, Rahim, Shakib, Nasir, Riyad, Gazi, Rubel and Robiul. New Zealand actually has some good youngsters and experience players so it will be tough for both teams anyway.

  • on October 7, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    No disrespect to New Zealand, who I like a lot. But, I would like to see Bangladesh spring a surprise, being the underdog-supporter that I am. We've seen Zimbabwe perform superbly against Pakistan, now it's the Tiger's turn to step up and beat a top-Test nation. It'll be good for the expansion of the game around the world. They've got some good players - Tamim, Shakib, SK Islam, Rahim, etc - who need to gel and perform collectively. Hoping for a good, hard-fought series here.

  • bbnn on October 7, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    @Thomas Cherian, you are asking this question to a cricket mad country like Bangladesh, ha ha, it will be full house always I think you never watched any matches in Bangladesh before, being an Indian and from your state itself i now how BD people will be in there to watch these matches!

  • on October 7, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    New Zealand should win this easily 2-0, 3-0 and 1-0. We have the much better players.

  • bigdhonifan on October 7, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    This time I dont think Bangladesh can pose a there.. NZ is improved much with Bracewell, Kane Willaimson , Corey Anderson, Boult etc... On the other hand Bangladesh is on a downfall.

  • TheRisingTeam on October 7, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    This is a very important series for Bangladesh and one which Bangladesh have to show to the world that they are finally competitive and can consistently challenge and beat the better teams. Since 2012, the team has had good success reaching the final of the asia cup only to lose by 2 runs beating India and Sri Lanka on the way. They beat West Indies 3-2 in an ODI series without their best player, drew 1-1 in an ODI series to Sri Lanka away without their best player again. Though test Cricket is a massive problem for them, they still have shown some signs that they can do it. They haven't lost by an innings in the last 2 years posting 2 record high scores and first double centurion for nation. Already drew and won a test this year and now hopefully we'll see another positive result in this series. Bangladesh has very promising young players like Anamul, Nasir, Gazi etc and that's a big plus for Bangladesh Cricket. Can't wait for this New Zealand series!

  • on October 8, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    Ross Taylor: "We are focusing on the Tests and we know that Bangladesh are a very good side in these conditions".I cannot wait for the test to start and mr Joe did you remember bangla wash in Dhaka when we Bangladesh had defeated you guys 4-nel.

  • Captainman on October 8, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    @kiwi: Too many excuses. I just hope you fans don't run away and hide from the tigers when NZ struggles again in the series. Anyway should be a good series can't wait and hope rain stays away finally.

  • kiwicricketnut on October 8, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    Alot of very over confident bangladesh fans here, refering to an odi series defeat a few years ago as some sort of gauge on how this test series will pan out. First of all we came into that series straight out of our winter with absolutely no cricket under our belts to possibly the most alien conditions you can get when compared to nz, the same thing happened again when we toured the west indies under john wright, no preperation and we got smashed. Nz cricket has finally learnt from their mistakes and is making proper preperation before tours a priority, its a shame they lost the warm up game but most of these guys have had enough cricket to be ready for the tests which hasn't been the case in the past, there will be no ambush of under done nz cricketers this time round. If they fail this time there will be no excuses, then you can gloat all you want but somehow i think it will be the nz fans doing all the gloating.

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

    There was suppose to have been a 2 match test series when Bangladesh won 4-0 but hasn't happened. Stop cancelling tests BCB.

  • Warm_Coffee on October 7, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Tamim, Anamul, Marshall, Naeem, Rahim, Shakib, Nasir, Riyad, Gazi, Rubel and Robiul. New Zealand actually has some good youngsters and experience players so it will be tough for both teams anyway.

  • on October 7, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    No disrespect to New Zealand, who I like a lot. But, I would like to see Bangladesh spring a surprise, being the underdog-supporter that I am. We've seen Zimbabwe perform superbly against Pakistan, now it's the Tiger's turn to step up and beat a top-Test nation. It'll be good for the expansion of the game around the world. They've got some good players - Tamim, Shakib, SK Islam, Rahim, etc - who need to gel and perform collectively. Hoping for a good, hard-fought series here.

  • bbnn on October 7, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    @Thomas Cherian, you are asking this question to a cricket mad country like Bangladesh, ha ha, it will be full house always I think you never watched any matches in Bangladesh before, being an Indian and from your state itself i now how BD people will be in there to watch these matches!

  • on October 7, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    New Zealand should win this easily 2-0, 3-0 and 1-0. We have the much better players.

  • bigdhonifan on October 7, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    This time I dont think Bangladesh can pose a there.. NZ is improved much with Bracewell, Kane Willaimson , Corey Anderson, Boult etc... On the other hand Bangladesh is on a downfall.

  • asikbadhon on October 7, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    taylor forget not mention nasir and mush,even anamul and shamsur(oneday) can be threat to them.I think nasir will be another big threat for nz in future!I hope in a few years nasir will be our best batsman,tamim should play aggresively,because he can do well in his natural game.Sakib shoul bat after mushi,as he will have to ball.If rubel can not do well(most probably) in first test,then take al amin in 2nd test.In one day mashrafe and shofiul will come and play shamsur instead naem,then i hope it will be a tough series for nz,in t20 don't change the one day team,but razzak can be replaced by zia!If they play marshall then he should take place of razzak, as he can bowl leg spin!

  • Stevros3 on October 7, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    I think in Test cricket Bangladesh should target getting more draws out of the bigger nations; yes if everything clicks they have an outside chance at winning a test match against the likes of New Zealand (although I consider it unlikely) however they often let their heads drop, I'd like to see them fighting for more draws, as soon as things start going wrong they always continue going wrong for them if they kept scrapping and fighting they'd come away with more draws which would build confidence and moral and eventually lead to them being a more competitive side and then having better chances at wins.

  • asiacricket1234 on October 7, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    @Thomas: We always have full house for the ODI and T20 so it depends on the size f the stadium but it'll be more than 10000 thats for sure.

  • Third_Gear on October 7, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    This time Newzealand will get worse experience than 2010. BD has players Like Tamim,Shakib,Mushy,Nasir,Mahmudullah,Razzaq,Gazi, who are capable to crash NZ in all form of cricket.

  • deeblaque on October 7, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    Come on Bangladesh!Tigers!!from a Zim fan

  • on October 7, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    asiacricket1234 I am not talking about population of Bangladesh. I was asking how many will show up at the stadiums...

  • CrICkeeet on October 7, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    NZ bowling is little bit too much inexperienced! they will win the test series no doubt, bt in odi series I'm for ban this time...

  • RedwanerBap on October 7, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    Bangladesh would certainly do better than New Zealand in each format. In home condition, we hope to see the results.

  • on October 7, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Hope and best luck for the BD team but statistics suggests that BD will fail once again in all the formats unless they play extra ordinary cricket. All the best tigers, I have my fingers crossed...

  • on October 7, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    nz will whitewash bang in all the matches, nz is too much for bang. taylor, guptill, maccullum, williamson, boult, macclenaghan are wolrd class.

  • on October 7, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    InShaAllah we will win! Best of luck bd cricket team!!

  • AJ_Tiger86 on October 7, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    The 1st test match will end in a draw.

  • asiacricket1234 on October 7, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    @Thomas yea about 160 million Bangladeshi will be watching this matches

  • on October 7, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    Are there any viewers for this game ?

  • asiacricket1234 on October 7, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    People who are talking about that ODI whitewash is making a silly mistake there. that happened 3 years before. Lot has been changed since than. NZ is better than before and also here we are talking about test and lets be honest we are rubbish at test cricket. I'd love to see Bangladesh winning at least one test in this series but it is not going to be easy. We have been talking about turning wicket but how many time we saw our batsmen failing to pace bowler on a turning pitch? So lets not be over confident. I wish all the best to my team and hope this time they wont screw up

  • on October 7, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    we will fight again in ctg test surely.."BEST OF LUCK BANGLA TIGER."

  • sumonmhr on October 7, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    I think pressure is on BD side...becoz they didn't play longer version for long time...beaten in Zimbabwe and now Zim rank is ahead of BD....BD fans are hoping BD beat NZ easily by the spinner...shouldn't forget recently NZ r playing very good test matches against top team...Brendon , williamson and Ros could be biggest threat for the BD bowlers and tall left handed pacer will be dangerous threat to BD batsmen.....

  • SaroarIslam on October 7, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    Nothing to say. .many thing has to show in the field. .best of luck BD boyz. .

  • SaroarIslam on October 7, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    Nothing to say. .many thing has to show in the field. .best of luck BD boyz. .

  • sumonmhr on October 7, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    I think pressure is on BD side...becoz they didn't play longer version for long time...beaten in Zimbabwe and now Zim rank is ahead of BD....BD fans are hoping BD beat NZ easily by the spinner...shouldn't forget recently NZ r playing very good test matches against top team...Brendon , williamson and Ros could be biggest threat for the BD bowlers and tall left handed pacer will be dangerous threat to BD batsmen.....

  • on October 7, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    we will fight again in ctg test surely.."BEST OF LUCK BANGLA TIGER."

  • asiacricket1234 on October 7, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    People who are talking about that ODI whitewash is making a silly mistake there. that happened 3 years before. Lot has been changed since than. NZ is better than before and also here we are talking about test and lets be honest we are rubbish at test cricket. I'd love to see Bangladesh winning at least one test in this series but it is not going to be easy. We have been talking about turning wicket but how many time we saw our batsmen failing to pace bowler on a turning pitch? So lets not be over confident. I wish all the best to my team and hope this time they wont screw up

  • on October 7, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    Are there any viewers for this game ?

  • asiacricket1234 on October 7, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    @Thomas yea about 160 million Bangladeshi will be watching this matches

  • AJ_Tiger86 on October 7, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    The 1st test match will end in a draw.

  • on October 7, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    InShaAllah we will win! Best of luck bd cricket team!!

  • on October 7, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    nz will whitewash bang in all the matches, nz is too much for bang. taylor, guptill, maccullum, williamson, boult, macclenaghan are wolrd class.

  • on October 7, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Hope and best luck for the BD team but statistics suggests that BD will fail once again in all the formats unless they play extra ordinary cricket. All the best tigers, I have my fingers crossed...