Bangladesh v New Zealand, 1st Test, Chittagong October 8, 2013

'2010 series a lesson of what not to do' - McCullum


New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has admitted that the 2010 series defeat against Bangladesh was damaging and hurtful to the players and country. However, he sees this tour as a chance to set things right, and is looking for wins across all three formats.

In that five-match ODI series in Dhaka three years ago, Bangladesh crushed the visitors 4-0, with Shakib Al Hasan leading the way with several match-winning performances.

"The 2010 series was a good lesson of what not to do," McCullum said. "We were ill-prepared leading up to that series. It still hurts. It was a damaging tour for many people. It hurt a lot of people's career, and hurt our country as well.

"The big challenge for us is to ensure we get the results which is obviously a series win across all three formats of the game. That's the expectation of us, and we are better prepared for it."

Immediately after the loss in Bangladesh, New Zealand didn't win a match in India out of eight games. They however did bounce back to make it to the 2011 World Cup semi-final, won a Test match in Australia and registered an ODI series win over South Africa in South Africa.

But there were scars, as there have been changes in captaincy from Daniel Vettori to Ross Taylor and now McCullum. Coaches too have changed, with Mike Hesson now in charge.

McCullum however has a few tricks up his sleeve ahead of this tour. Legspinner Ish Sodhi is highly rated in New Zealand, and has a big chance of making his Test debut.

"He [Sodhi] has a big opportunity to make his debut. The conditions over here will suit spin bowlers, and his ability to bowl the variations will bring him in the reckoning," McCullum said. "As Dan Vettori said, he is an incredible talent. He's a rough diamond at this point in time. If he does get the nod, we want to let him express himself. I want to protect him by giving the right fields and encourage him."

McCullum is also mulling over whether it should be Dean Brownlie or Corey Anderson in the line-up, with the latter possessing a variation in his left-arm seam that could come in handy against Bangladesh's batsmen. "If we do decide on an allrounder, he needs to bat in the top six. Corey's performance has banged on the door. We have to work out between him and Dean, who we require in that middle-order, and who's going to be most effective against the Bangladesh spin bowlers."

But McCullum also admitted that as far as some of the Bangladesh players are concerned, there are gaps in information in the New Zealand ranks. They've not faced the likes of Sohag Gazi, Anamul Haque and Robiul Islam, who have been impressive in their early foray in international cricket.

"There are a few surprises [in the Bangladesh team]. It's hard to get footage of these guys, but you get an idea of what they bowl and bat like. Few of us have played against these guys and talked to guys back home who have been involved in tournaments here. We are not 100% clear on them, but we are a fair way there."

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

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  • M.G. on October 10, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    @ Aidan Keith & @ Ringo000 Your points are well taken. I can understand NZ a sports nation; but who to say BD lacks such spirit, with their millions of die-hard fans cheering in their backyards! You missed my point: as normal human beings, BD possess feelings, expectations and pride as you do. Ignoring that, which shows in both of your rebuttles, that resonates to no different than those of BM, is sad. Evidently the case of unpreparedness remains to be a phenomemon hardly calls for evidence to NZ fans; not acknowledging the fact that a better team could win a game on their better day, on the contrary, does not nullify much from NZ. And, being the captain, as guest to host nation, undermining their minimal capability completely (evident from BM comments) are unexpected, unappreciable and probably arrogant; most of all, those words would, at the minimum, be politically incorrect and unsmart anywhere on host soils.. that's the main theme portrayed in my original posting you both missed

  • Dummy4 on October 9, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    I am sure NZ are big time fighters so they are going to win this series. But at the same time we can not write off BD as well. Looking forward so some good performance BD.

  • Richard on October 9, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    I_amVIVA I think you have completely gone off in a tangent. McCullum like many assumed that NZ would beat Bangladesh without much trouble, so went into the series underprepared and overconfidence. He willl not make that mistake again, it shows how far Bangladesh has come that teams are treating these games serious and not wanting to lose to Bangladesh. He is saying that they over estimated Bangladeshs ability, now they will respect their abilities more. Do not use your bias to completely misread his words.

  • Dummy4 on October 9, 2013, 0:03 GMT

    @i_amVIVA NZ is a sporting nation, and there is a great deal of expectation placed on our sportsmen/women. When they lose at all, to any side, yes there has to be an element of 'they outplayed us on the day', but we also expect them to own up to what they did badly. In 2010 they WERE ill-prepared, and that's far from an excuse. When playing in overseas conditions, especially the subcontinent, preparation is key, so not being prepared is not good enough, and to admit that is a step closer to remedying it this time.

  • Dummy4 on October 8, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    Brendon > Get ready to be whitewashed again by our Bengal Tigers.

  • Dummy4 on October 8, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    I agree kiwicricketnut, I can't see much chance for Bangladesh at winning any of the series, i think the Black Caps in recent times have been doing well enough. I don't really understand all the hate on McCullum and NZ here, everyone knows it was well expected by most of the cricket world that NZ would beat Bangladesh last time, and this time no different! But we'll see in a few days.

  • Suman on October 8, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Same old story. Lose to BD or Zim and pretend you had a poor game. Why not accept for a change that BD/Zim actually improved and outplayed you on the day?

  • Harry on October 8, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    It will be a good series. Ind and BD should prepare more lively pitches to get their batsmen and bowlers in the same league as other teams when it comes to fast bowling. Of course in a series you can have pitches that are spin friendly but at least play one test match in a lively pitch and play all ODIs in a lively pitch. Then this notion of sub-continental giants who fail miserably abroad will slowly go away.

    As for NZ - they played horrible cricket in 2010 and BMcCullum is a better captain than Vettori or Taylor. He is aggressive and should lead by example when it comes to batting.

  • M.G. on October 8, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Being in BD and making statements like - "We were ill-prepared leading up to that series. It still hurts. It was a damaging tour for many people. It hurt a lot of people's career, and hurt our country as well".- by captain, Mr. McCullum is unhelpful and un-statesmanlike. Does he mean that BD people don't have similar feelings on their constant failure in the world stages, and can't enjoy occasional success against the so called mighty? Can't the NZ team acknowledge the fact that in the last time of 4-0, the better team won, BD deserved that then, not giving an un-leadership excuse like - his team was ill prepared. We need better grownup people, players, captains in this dying game in the world arena than those manifested by the person like McCullum in his latest statements in Bangladesh against her people. That's merely childish in any standard.....

    And, Go Tigers.