Bangladesh v NZ, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 3rd day October 23, 2013

Anderson's maiden ton hands NZ advantage

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New Zealand 419 for 8 (Anderson 116, Williamson 62, Watling 59*, Shakib 5-97) lead Bangladesh 282 by 137 runs
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Corey Anderson scored his maiden Test century with a calculated dominance of the Bangladesh attack. His 116 led the way for New Zealand as they ended the third day of the second Test on 419 for 8 with a lead of 137.

Shakib Al Hasan's five-wicket haul was the only solace for Bangladesh, who also had to endure a late, 84-run ninth-wicket partnership between BJ Watling and Ish Sodhi. On a pitch that is offering more turn every day, the stand further dented the confidence of the Bangladesh bowlers. Watling was unbeaten on 59 and Sodhi on 53, the legspinner's maiden Test fifty.

Bangladesh had a good start to the day, picking one of the two wickets they had sought desperately on the second day. New Zealand had added 20 runs in 3.3 overs before Ross Taylor edged Shakib to first slip for 53 off 79 balls.

Williamson was the other wicket that the hosts wanted but they didn't get the batsman for another couple of hours. While they focused on dismissing New Zealand's No. 3, Bangladesh were blind-sided by Anderson, who had made his debut in the first Test in Chittagong.

Anderson made a quiet start, scoring just one run off his first 12 deliveries, but broke free with a four through long-on off Sohag Gazi. He swiftly hit a few more fours before swinging a six off Shakib and brought up his fifty off 72 balls. At lunch, New Zealand were 51 runs behind, but Anderson had moved to 75 and Williamson was on 56.

The pair ensured New Zealand also maintained a good run-rate of 3.72. The first session saw New Zealand score 124 runs for the loss of one wicket and, with the threat of rain and a spinning track, it marked a shift in the momentum of the game.

Thirty-odd minutes after the break, Anderson reached his hundred with a glide through midwicket off Gazi. It was an assertive innings - Bangladesh couldn't get Anderson playing and missing for too long, and eventually the batsman would hit out with a four. Predictably, he played spin more than pace but dominated Shakib, Gazi and Abdur Razzak. Against Rubel Hossain, who tested him on a few occasions from around the wicket, Anderson struck five boundaries.

At the other end, Williamson steadily brought up his third successive fifty in the series with a four down the ground off Al-Amin Hossain. Williamson had a reprieve on 58 when Mushfiqur dropped a chance off Gazi, but fortunately for Bangladesh, it didn't cost them too much as the batsman was out for 62.

Razzak broke the 140-run stand as Williamson miscued and holed out to Tamim Iqbal at deep mid-wicket. Seven overs later, Al-Amin had Anderson caught in the covers for his first Test wicket. Anderson scored 116 off 173 balls with 13 fours and a couple of sixes.

Shakib completed his tenth five-wicket haul when he had Doug Bracewell caught behind in the 101st over of the New Zealand innings. Then came the late-order resistance from Sodhi and Watling, who made sure they held on to the advantage created by the middle-order.

It wasn't an attractive stand, but the pair nudged and smothered the spin and the frustration of the crowd grew with every lightly tapped boundary from Watling. Sodhi showed his batting potential, not reluctant to manufacture shots when the field was up.

Bangladesh's bowling, indifferent throughout the day, hardly had venom at the stage. Gazi remained wicketless and had himself to blame for spilling a return chance from Sodhi. Razzak was expensive on the second evening, and mostly ineffective on the third day. Rubel and Al-Amin tried hard, but the New Zealand batsmen played them well. Shakib remained the best bowler on show, although he too strayed towards the end.

Bangladesh now have the hard task of staying in contention in the game. Apart from dismissing New Zealand quickly, they must come up with a proper second-innings response to put the visitors out of the game. For that, they can learn from the Williamson-Anderson stand that has given New Zealand an advantage.

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

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  • Captainman on October 23, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Well for sure we can say that whichever team wins deserves to win and whoever loses there's no shame because both have been extremely competitive to each other. Both teams have also made mistakes but yet both are really young so its understandable. What has impressed me are the youngsters of Bangladesh and New Zealand i.e. Gazi, Mominul, Anderson, Williamson etc all full of promise and excitement. I have no doubt both these teams will be the top teams of the future from what I have seen in this test series. Also pleasing to see Bangladesh finally producing promising young fast bowlers like Al-Amin who has been impressive and coming teenager Taskin Ahmed.

  • r0ketman on October 24, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    @Dhutugemunu: Yes we are cheering a drawn match against a full strength NZ team, since we can see how your A team full of SL national team players (including your captain) is losing badly on your own soil to NZ club level team at the same time!

  • on October 24, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Ammo- i dont think any of you are mentioned have jealous regarding bangladesh . coz we have ample reasons to happy about their national teams. Talk about sri lanka they were joint winners of 2002 icc champions trophy as well. plus unlike bangladesh, sri lanka got even less test matches when their first 13 years comparing to bangladesh , but still they managed to beat kapil dev's world cup winning indian team in 1985, and imran khan's great pakistan team , plus great newzealand team and england team 1992 in home plus they beat newzealand in 1994 and pakistan in 1995 in away test. simple truth is you have much more oppurtunities since your arrival compared to sri lanka at same stage and still you couldn't able to capitalize on it. but as a asian we hope that will change . cheers

  • on October 24, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    The biggest disappointment was the Mirpur pitch. At least it is not a test pitch for home team, I am sure when curator or think tank produced this pitch long way before , they were not sure what kind of wicket will suit BD's performance. First dig out that wicket which did not give any hope for BD test performance over years. Now it is the full responsibility for BCB and BD think tank to sit down and plan how they can win a test match! with a bigger boys. It must be, this the biggest challenge for BD's cricket future! drawing a test or some individual achievements are not good enough in this level. Plan way before a series, what kind of wicket we will play! which players can do our job. how we can take 20 wickets of opponent teams. find out the weakness of opponents and exploit that with proper execution. if we need special adviser or cricket pundit for improvement in test , hire them. by any means we must and should win test matches with consistent performance in 5 days.

  • Sir_Ivor on October 24, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    Corey Anderson reminds me of Chris Cairns in his early days. Looks like New Zealand is getting to be a very good side again. They have every angle covered. Now they also have a leg spinner.

  • Ammo666 on October 24, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    @Dhutugemunu, Albert_Campbell, JPNana & poor wishers... seems like u all have lot of time to show jealousy to BD success disrespectfully, you all must learn sportsmanship first! see your own teams how they won & when they first won a international test and after how many years then point BD cricket..Srilanka have won world cup once good and it looks that is last...and now for Zimbabwe to be even in top 5 its a dream but till then be happy..and see kiwis ranking in test now..so after hearing u people its looks ICC will have to make & declare Srilanka, Zimbabwe & New Zealand the BEST team in the universe no matter what rank they deserves other than #1 ;D

    ppl are talking about Ireland and comparing with BD which Ireland is yet to get a test status even. &yes BD is still on the rise and its just due to lack of consistency and its not all their fault but BCB is also much responsible for this, just let BD play enough test matches like other teams then see what is called minnows you think!!

  • maitland on October 24, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Great to see Wagner getting wickets. How on earth did he miss being selected for the first test? If it comes to a decision between him and Bracewell he should always be in first.

  • kiwicricketnut on October 24, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    @ 22many im not as convinced about ronchi as you are, i like watling at 7, he has the perfect test match temperment and is definatly the guy you want to hold off an opposition attack so the tail isn't exposed and when he has to bat with the tail, he doesn't hit out like a lunatic, he seems to get the best out of the tail and forms crucial partnerships and valuable runs, his keeping is a work in progress but i think he is definatly up to standard, i think i've only seen him drop one catch since he took the gloves and the byes arn't usually his fault, more sloppy bowling. Ronchi on the other hand is very aggressive with the bat, i don't think we need anymore aggressive batters in our team.

  • maitland on October 24, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    It is unfortunate that someone of Watling's quality gets left batting with the tail all the time. Such a waste. He's just lucky the tail has actually been showing a little fight lately.

  • on October 24, 2013, 3:22 GMT

    Current scoreboard suggests. NZ is on their way to win this test match on 5th day. But BD must bat sensibily in second inning to prevent NZ to win this test match. The best way BD players can achieve that not to worry about stay on the crease for a long time but only focus on building a big innings.

  • Captainman on October 23, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Well for sure we can say that whichever team wins deserves to win and whoever loses there's no shame because both have been extremely competitive to each other. Both teams have also made mistakes but yet both are really young so its understandable. What has impressed me are the youngsters of Bangladesh and New Zealand i.e. Gazi, Mominul, Anderson, Williamson etc all full of promise and excitement. I have no doubt both these teams will be the top teams of the future from what I have seen in this test series. Also pleasing to see Bangladesh finally producing promising young fast bowlers like Al-Amin who has been impressive and coming teenager Taskin Ahmed.

  • r0ketman on October 24, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    @Dhutugemunu: Yes we are cheering a drawn match against a full strength NZ team, since we can see how your A team full of SL national team players (including your captain) is losing badly on your own soil to NZ club level team at the same time!

  • on October 24, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Ammo- i dont think any of you are mentioned have jealous regarding bangladesh . coz we have ample reasons to happy about their national teams. Talk about sri lanka they were joint winners of 2002 icc champions trophy as well. plus unlike bangladesh, sri lanka got even less test matches when their first 13 years comparing to bangladesh , but still they managed to beat kapil dev's world cup winning indian team in 1985, and imran khan's great pakistan team , plus great newzealand team and england team 1992 in home plus they beat newzealand in 1994 and pakistan in 1995 in away test. simple truth is you have much more oppurtunities since your arrival compared to sri lanka at same stage and still you couldn't able to capitalize on it. but as a asian we hope that will change . cheers

  • on October 24, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    The biggest disappointment was the Mirpur pitch. At least it is not a test pitch for home team, I am sure when curator or think tank produced this pitch long way before , they were not sure what kind of wicket will suit BD's performance. First dig out that wicket which did not give any hope for BD test performance over years. Now it is the full responsibility for BCB and BD think tank to sit down and plan how they can win a test match! with a bigger boys. It must be, this the biggest challenge for BD's cricket future! drawing a test or some individual achievements are not good enough in this level. Plan way before a series, what kind of wicket we will play! which players can do our job. how we can take 20 wickets of opponent teams. find out the weakness of opponents and exploit that with proper execution. if we need special adviser or cricket pundit for improvement in test , hire them. by any means we must and should win test matches with consistent performance in 5 days.

  • Sir_Ivor on October 24, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    Corey Anderson reminds me of Chris Cairns in his early days. Looks like New Zealand is getting to be a very good side again. They have every angle covered. Now they also have a leg spinner.

  • Ammo666 on October 24, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    @Dhutugemunu, Albert_Campbell, JPNana & poor wishers... seems like u all have lot of time to show jealousy to BD success disrespectfully, you all must learn sportsmanship first! see your own teams how they won & when they first won a international test and after how many years then point BD cricket..Srilanka have won world cup once good and it looks that is last...and now for Zimbabwe to be even in top 5 its a dream but till then be happy..and see kiwis ranking in test now..so after hearing u people its looks ICC will have to make & declare Srilanka, Zimbabwe & New Zealand the BEST team in the universe no matter what rank they deserves other than #1 ;D

    ppl are talking about Ireland and comparing with BD which Ireland is yet to get a test status even. &yes BD is still on the rise and its just due to lack of consistency and its not all their fault but BCB is also much responsible for this, just let BD play enough test matches like other teams then see what is called minnows you think!!

  • maitland on October 24, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Great to see Wagner getting wickets. How on earth did he miss being selected for the first test? If it comes to a decision between him and Bracewell he should always be in first.

  • kiwicricketnut on October 24, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    @ 22many im not as convinced about ronchi as you are, i like watling at 7, he has the perfect test match temperment and is definatly the guy you want to hold off an opposition attack so the tail isn't exposed and when he has to bat with the tail, he doesn't hit out like a lunatic, he seems to get the best out of the tail and forms crucial partnerships and valuable runs, his keeping is a work in progress but i think he is definatly up to standard, i think i've only seen him drop one catch since he took the gloves and the byes arn't usually his fault, more sloppy bowling. Ronchi on the other hand is very aggressive with the bat, i don't think we need anymore aggressive batters in our team.

  • maitland on October 24, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    It is unfortunate that someone of Watling's quality gets left batting with the tail all the time. Such a waste. He's just lucky the tail has actually been showing a little fight lately.

  • on October 24, 2013, 3:22 GMT

    Current scoreboard suggests. NZ is on their way to win this test match on 5th day. But BD must bat sensibily in second inning to prevent NZ to win this test match. The best way BD players can achieve that not to worry about stay on the crease for a long time but only focus on building a big innings.

  • RANILSAM on October 24, 2013, 1:53 GMT

    I am loving this. Only weather god can save BD from a embarrassing defeat. I hope this will awake BD fans from their dream world and give some sense about the standard of BD team. The fact is that BD team is not good at playing test cricket. Tamim, Shakib and Mushfiqur have been playing test cricket for almost 7-8 years but haven't shown any improvement. They perform once in a while but not consistently. So future does not seem bright for BD unless you are a die hard BD fan. There is no way BD will move up in the test ranking near future. May be in another 15 years time.....By the way NZ are playing well and becoming a strong force in world cricket. So BD fans look at NZ team and learn what improvement means before making ridiculous comments about NZ team .

  • Lermy on October 23, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    We haven't even seen Boult bat yet, he's batting like Bradman at number 11, cunning ploy to get the rest of the team to lay a foundation for him. Will they ever be able to get him out? I think not. It would appear Boult failed the Chris Martin school of tail end batting. The game is nicely poised for Boult to dominate.

  • 22many on October 23, 2013, 22:47 GMT

    It is good to see runs being scored down the order for NZ....For far to long there has been to much pressure on Taylor and Williamson...if they missed out ,normally NZ would fold. The only position I would like to change and I cant see it happening is for Watling to move to five (still not convinced he is up to test standard as a keeper) keep Anderson at 6 and bring Ronchi in as keeper and at 7...that would give the team real steel from 3 down. The openers are doing a ok job but with all due respects to BD , once they come up against better teams the situation may well be different...in the meantime, other than that one change at 5 ...no problem. After all ,if you are going to keep Sodi in the team, you are going to need to give him totals to bowl to.

  • Gaswell on October 23, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    I am English born and live in Australia. I am a supporter of more test playing nations in a two tiered system. I am also a huge NZ fan. You can`t help but respect a team that constantly punches above its weight. Minnow teams should look to NZ for inspiration. They play with absolute passion and commitment. They never give in. They will attack with their last breath and they always play to win. They have a small country with a tiny population and yet they are nearly always competitive. During the near two decade dominance Australia enjoyed over the rest of the world, one team they never took lightly was New Zealand, because they knew that no matter how out gunned they were, NZ would fight it out to the end . And they gave Australia a great many scares during this time.

  • BesharamTiger on October 23, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    Tigers have big heart ... they do not want send host empty hands ...if Tigers want to win the test they can do it against number 1 test side any day ... even the current test match they can win in a session ... since Tigers have big heart they will never hurt any one and always help opponents to win

  • corzaNZ on October 23, 2013, 21:59 GMT

    @nzcricket174. You took everything that i wanted to say. Its really unbelievable isnt it. I have enjoyed the last 2 days of cricket for what we have done heres hoping today we can push on and get a lead close to 180 get a few early wickets and put these Bangladesh batsmen under pressure

  • on October 23, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    slasher Williamson, Southee, Boult, Wagner, Rutherford, Anderson, Taylor, Guptill and hopefully Ryder 1st of all by my predictions I never meant to undermine the future of NZ cricket. They will remain a decent test team or maybe a better one. If you look back a 4-5 years back NZ was mostly dependent on Vettori be it for wickets or runs just like Bangladesh was 3 years back. Then came Tamim. Bangladesh coudnt imagine of drawing and a win was beyond that. Now we have upcoming players like Nasir, Mominul and Mushfiq is now a decent batsman. Gazi is coming up and in 5 years there will be plenty of pacers. OTH Rutherford looks like a Sinclair repeat, Guptills test stats are below par. Taylor is an amazing player and Williamson looks good.The pace bowling looks good but I dont think there's another Vettori in the future. To the others talking big the 4-0 thrashing was against a much weaker Bangladesh when even experimental players like Suhrawardy Suvo took 4 wickets a match.

  • Mullick on October 23, 2013, 21:43 GMT

    To all those big talkers about BD TEST STATUS, please see the following stats:

    New Zealand earned test status in 1930. It took them 42 matches and 26 years before their 1st win. In 1956 their 1st match win came in the 4th match of a 4 test series against West Indies after 2 innings defeat and one 9 wicket defeat. Their 1st ever series win was in 1969/70 against Pakistan, 39 years after getting test status.

    BD earned test status in 2000 and it took them 34 matches 8 less than NZ in 4 years before their 1st win. BD went onto win the 2 test series (1-0) against Zimbabwe as well.

  • on October 23, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    Take away test status from Bangladesh if not then give it to irelands and other minnows. Yes Bangladesh is a minnow and will be unless they fix their first class cricket structure. For past 10 years I been hearing just one thing Tigers are on rise. I do not know when will they rise?

  • rogues13 on October 23, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    I would surely like to See more test teams, but not at he expense of Bangladesh....I am not a BD fan or from BD, but Test cricket currently needs More teams...not less...And a two tier system as suggested by some before me seems to be a very rational step....Hope that happens so that Promising Players like Boyd Rankin don't leave their country.....

  • nzcricket174 on October 23, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    Wow can't believe the nerve some BD fans have! That they can still talk us down, despite us just outplaying them, two days straight.

    How can you honestly say your future is brighter than ours? We are a team on the rise, just like yours, but unlike you, we have been around for a long time. That means even when we struggle, it doesn't mean that you can rule out victory against any team.

    We have been terrible in the past 4 years at test cricket. We have still managed to pick up the odd victory against the top nations, and in our home conditions, we have obliterated minnows (BD, ZM).

    Also, in case you didn't know, in the early 2000s our test ranking hovered between 2nd and 4th. A lot of the players from that era retired within 2-3 years of each other, the result can be seen in our results over the past 5 years.

    Please, if you are going to talk your team up, don't do it at the expense of your opponent. It just comes across as arrogant.

  • bjkboyer on October 23, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    Another solid performance from our NZ B (development) side to think we are missing 4 of our best players (Guptill, Ryder, Vettori, Southee) and still out performaning BD really casts doubt on BD status as a test nation given NZs recent test track record. Really dont get these BD fans talking about their team like there watching India you would think a countryof 200+million people playing their premier sport should be able to put up a contest againts a team from a country of 4.5 million people playing questionably their 4th most popular sport. BD fans what?

  • on October 23, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    @Manazir Syed: what where you drinking when you wrote that piece of rubbish about tiered teams. New Zealand haven't played Zimbabwe in about 3 years and don't play Bangladesh that often either. For New Zealand the top 3 teams to play are Australia, England and South Africa and we play against them as much as any other nation in the top 8. We have India and the West Indies touring home this summer, and a young team that is improving every game. There is no way we would settle for playing the same teams all the time

  • Masking_Tape on October 23, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    Every time Bangladesh have a bad session or two, typical "It's been 15 years"... or my favorite "ICC should do something" comments comes along. They just can't wait can they! Day by day their chances are decreasing. I guess they're trying to live while they can...

  • NZCricketfan1 on October 23, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    @Munazir Syed I guess your another passionate BD supporter.

    I think you have you head in the sand mate though. NZ have are a good team on the rise. We were damn unlucky not to beat England in a 3 test series at home recently, we beat Australia in Australia last time we played there and Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.

    We are inexperienced in the batting and spin bowling this has led to inconsistent performances, but I see a much brighter future for our team.

    You rely on one bowler virtually. We have 3 or 4 quality quicks who have troubled the worlds best batsman consistently. We also have the making of a spinner to replace Vettori. This is as well as a lot of promising batsman both in this team and at home.

    I totally wish BD the best but some of your supporters don't really watch the game with 2 eyes. I will bet my house in 5 years Zim or BD are not miles better than NZ. Actually I think it will be the opposite.

  • Mullick on October 23, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    Bravo BD team. How many more times you guys will let us, your supporters, down? Cannot take the tail? I won't be surprised if both Wailing and Sodhi hit centuries. They are not feeling any pressure. After throwing a solid foundation laid by the top order, BD has blown it up. How can we expect you guys do any better in the 2nd innings?

  • slasher on October 23, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    @ Manazir Syed - That's a big call considering in 5 years time Williamson, Southee, Boult, Wagner, Rutherford, Anderson, Taylor, Guptill and hopefully Ryder would be at the peak of their powers. NZ are on the improve now that it is viable career for our athletes (with the introduction of IPL and CL) more of our young sportsman are choosing cricket as a career path, I for one expect NZ to be in the top 4 or 5 test playing nations in 5 years, they have recently beat SL and Aus in tests and ran Eng Close in a few matches, they are starting to put the pieces together bar a couple of hiccups here or there.

  • corzaNZ on October 23, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    Bangladesh fans eating alot of humble pie now. All the talk was about how you are gonna win this game, New Zealand are no match for our "world class spin attack" look at what is happening our number 10 is unbeaten with a 50. I suggest that in future you hold off the talk about your team being world beaters until you actually start winning instead of one draw. Bangladesh better hope for rain. Very satisfied kiwi at the moment

  • Masking_Tape on October 23, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    Sad how Bangladesh lost their way in both innings after fall of 4th wicket. 208/4 to 282 a.o. And from 127/4 to 419/8 and more. Means they relaxed, let their guard down and let NZ back into the game; how typical of them. A very un-tiger like move.

  • on October 23, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    If there ever is a two tier test cricket format then teams like Zimbabwe,New Zealand, Bangladesh will have to play with Afghanistan and Nepal. Because teams like Afghanistan and Nepal might play as good as New Zealand in 10 years time but BD and Zimbabwe will be miles ahead of NZ in 5 years.

    Honestly we already have a two tier system in practice where India, England, SA and Australia play in tier 1 while teams like NZ, WI, Bangladesh and even Sri Lanka are in tier 2 as they have to play with each other most of the time.

  • Snowbadger15 on October 23, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    @kiwicricketnut superb comment Rutherford will also do well to follow Anderson and your advice for mccullum. Pleased to see sodhi hit a half century and especially pleased for Corey Anderson. His was a fine innings and although he is known for his hard hitting, he took minimal risks on his well deserved century.

  • Dhutugemunu on October 23, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    Somebody told that after that Galle Road Test Draw against SL attracted other fans towards BD cricket. Actual fact is that they love to see the comments from over enthusiastic BD fans. If BD players real performance 20-30 %, BD fans comments intensifies those performances, at least 2-3 times by their comments. For an example if an unknown BD player scores 50+ or take 3+ wickets, he become a superstar. He is now better than real star or current consistent performers. If BD wins an ODI match (rarely) or draws a Test (again highly rare), BD becomes the #1 team.

  • StevieS on October 23, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Not sure why everyone is on Bangladeshes case for not cleaning up the tail. Its been a hallmark of New Zealand cricket for a while where the tail scores more than the top order. These guys are not mugs with the bat either, number 11 (Boult) has a test average of 17 and a test half century, I doubt you would find a better number 11.

  • Dhutugemunu on October 23, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    BD fans might be happy to see this article. Something to cheer about.

    Pakistan 7, Bangladesh 0 (http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan-v-south-africa-2013-14/content/story/681827.html)

  • Captainman on October 23, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    Funny we couldn't even wrap up the tail whereas NZ did it to us within an hour. Hopefully the BD management realise that Rubel averages a ridiculous 78 with the ball and Razzak almost 70 with ball otherwise this will always happen to Bangladesh in tests if such bowlers are picked. Rahim missed the trick by not allowing Al-Amin to bowl at the tail. He looks very promising I must say good line and length and generates good bounce.

  • on October 23, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    @Warm_Coffee: "Yes they are the worst test team but future wise Bangladesh will be superior to your declining Sri Lanka team where recently Dilshan retired"

    You don't really believe that, do you? That must have been a sarcastic remark. As much as I support underdogs and wanted the Tigers to do well, Bangladesh will never be as good as Sri Lanka.

  • The_Ashes on October 23, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Congrats to New Zealand for a good batting performance and showing Bangladesh how its done in tests. New Zealand really have exciting youngsters coming up and Corey Anderson is an emerging all-rounder no doubt about that.

    Congrats to Shakib for achieving his 10th five wicket haul and that too in 32 tests. If only you could do the same for your batting and score those 100s. Nevertheless I have so much respect for you for given it your all and playing under pressure. If only your team mates could've assisted you all the time.

  • Advanced_Donkeys on October 23, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    "We will beat you when you travel again" -This is the slogan of Bangladesh cricket.But unfortunately it's not happening. :)

  • regofpicton on October 23, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    NZ have now batted BD out of the game. But if they chip away at a couple of runs an over until lunch (and it does look like they could survive that long!) they would be batting them back in to it. The 30 overs frtittered away would be more usefully spent getting some BD wickets. We can get some brisk runs at the end more usefully than some slow runs now . . .

  • ThatsJustCricket on October 23, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    The only sane solution of these series of lopsided matches is to have 2-tier system, particularly in tests. That way, on one hand, teams like BD, Zim, Ireland and Afghans will manage to get more games and on the other hand the matches themselves would be more competitive. Implemented with a promotion/relegation system like the English county championship, would make it really interesting.

  • British_North_America on October 23, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    erwin16 You suggested to snatch BD's test status and give it to Ireland.So, according to your formula, if Ireland fails, you will snatch it from them and give it to Afghanistan.So, you maintain test cricket to be a game of 10 nations.If you and your country have the capability, show that you can do it.Even if you are from England, you cannot do it because you and your country do not have the POWER OF THAT.You understand what I meant.

  • British_North_America on October 23, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    A lot of talk regarding giving test status to Afghanistan and Ireland instead of BD.Okay.Ireland is somewhat feasible.What about Afghanistan? Afghanistan is yet to win any match against any test playing nation in any format.Not even in a T20 they won against a test playing nation.They do not have any player except Nabi and Zadran who caught the attraction of the viewers.They are yet to prove themselves in limited overs cricket and you are calling for their test status? If you are brave enough, Name one player of Afghanistan whom you think can be a better test player than the current BD players.

  • on October 23, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    Both Abdur razzak & Rubel Hossain yet to probe their place in test cricket.They spent too many runs for wicketless performance and neither of them can even add some runs to the scorecard while batting at the bottom. BD selectors really need to think of their spot in future game !!

  • ThyrSaadam on October 23, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    BL/Afghan/Ireland/Zim should play a test championship series to see who qualifies for the FTP, i am sure Bangladesh would not like to play in that series. They are just taking their full member status for granted, they need to earn it again.....

  • TheRisingTeam on October 23, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    What a shame. Cannot even wrap up the tail. I feel bad for Shakib doing all the hardwork and the others cannot do the same. He's the only good bowler Bangladesh has in tests according to the stats. The pitch is not doing much apart from the odd turn and bounce so I don't understand what the curator was trying to do when everyone was expecting a rank turner. The win is out of the question for Bangladesh and Bangladesh have to now prove that they can save the game and that will be their biggest test for the last few days. If they cannot do that then the critics will be licking their lips yet again which is a pity. New Zealand played well and showed the bangla boys how to really bat in tests.

  • on October 23, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    It looks like NZ is in a pretty good position to win a test series. This is what BD needed to overcome a challenge from opponets. In a test series, there will be a situation like this but BD must need to shine with bat in second innings and put them in a position so that draw is inevitable.

  • on October 23, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    And back to the good old days. Play well first test, than play like you don't know how to in the next.

    If this is how Bangladesh expects to progress in Tests, maybe someone should remind them it doesn't work that way.

    Also, I noticed a lot of people bashing BD over this performance. I would like to tell you if you cannot praise BD when they actually perform well, you are not really in a position to criticise them when things don't go their way.

    Lastly, congratulations to NZ for posting a good total.

  • Dhali_BD_Fan on October 23, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Congrats to Anderson and Sodhi, very good performances under pressure! I love the fight the Kiwis always put up, D Vitori was amazing and always fighting which the members of this team have. Being a die-hard BD fan, am impressed as well that they are making a tough fight of this match and not just giving in, but they are loosing focus of the basics. You need to concentrate on the basics and improve on them. Be angry, show that you want a win.

  • jimbond on October 23, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    @abcdef_12345: Given their recent performance, Bangladesh owes it to their fans to prove that they are better than Afghanisthan and Ireland. While the rest of the world may not be very keen to play with any of these three, it will be interesting if BD organizes ODIs and a couple of first class matches against these two teams.

  • jimbond on October 23, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    From here on it will be interesting if NZ bat till lunch tomorrow and take the lead to 200- then BD will have to play to save the test. I am curious to know whether BD batsman can restrict their agression and play to save the test.

  • masum2181 on October 23, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    How can we expect more from a country like Bangladesh, who plays only few test matches in a year where country like India, South Africa, Australia, England play a huge cricket every year. Bangladesh is now a good team and no team can say they will win before the game finished against Bangladesh. So i think this is a positive part of Bangladesh. now only problem is lack of experience which can be solved by playing more and more test matches. ICC should consider about it. it is the request of 18 corer people , please help us to play more cricket.

  • erwin16 on October 23, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    I strongly believe that BD can never be a good test team.They perform only in their home conditions, that too is a rarity.They lack temperament and quality,some good performances here and there would not do any good to this team on the other hand it is giving false hopes to aggressive BD cricket fans who had forgot to appreciate the good performances of the opposition team. I can't see why Ireland(still early days for Afghanistan) would perform poorly than BD.They had some very very fine cricketers like Porterfield,Stirling,Ed Joyce,Brian brothers,Dockrell;who had oftenly performed better against good teams.So ICC should snatch test status from BD as they are not performing since ages.Ireland always look competitive on cricket field,their fielding is sparkling,their batting is reliable and bowling is also good.This is because they play competitive english county cricket.Atleast give them a chance.Ireland would be a far far better team then BD.

  • on October 23, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    NZ tailenders have shown how to bat on flat pitch like this..BD players must have learned from them..Congrats Shakib!!

  • BMDeep on October 23, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    I am a neutral fan and IMHO, the best bangladeshi batsman or bowler is Shakib and that too by a fair margin. Ppl talk abt mushfiq,tamim or sohag,razzaq but I think Shakib deserved that title coz he have been effective over a consistent period of time. Now talking about improvement of bdesh in longer format, they have this tendency of wronging their own supporters.Over the last series's, they tend to show signs of improvement in early stages but fade out towards the end. So,honestly,the topic of their improvement is highly debatable coz they r lacking consistence.they r fortunate to have huge public support depite of their dismal performances in longer format and ppl of bdesh also tends to get satisfied by personal milestones which are produced every now and then but forgetting their overall performances. The reason many hardcore fans cite,ie playing less no of tests every yr than other teams doesnt stand to much logic. TBC.

  • on October 23, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    I am surprised Bangladesh expected this game to be a cakewalk. Kiwis is far superior side with lot more experience and they have always punched above their capability as a team. Ish Sodhi seems like a good talent maybe a good replace for Daniel Vettori in the long run. NZ cannot lose this game. If these guys plays for another hour infact they have a good chance of a win.

  • on October 23, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Bangladesh have blown it, spectacularly. Terrible performance. At yet their fans have been lambasting their only batsman to make a score - Tamim.

    They are looking in the wrong places for their team's problems. Bye bye Bangladesh.

  • hasib9 on October 23, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    If Rubel Hussain's bowling average was the same as Anamul Haque's batting average, and if Anamul Haque's batting average was the same as Rubel Hussain's bowling average, they would be 2 of the best players in the world. But since the opposite is true, what does it say about BD team selection :)

  • Fogu on October 23, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    Congratulations to Anderson on hs maiden century. This was a great effort by NZ and poor showing by BD. NZ batsmen showed BD how to bat in tests. The major difference in this test is how NZ batsmen applied themselves and BD batsmen threw away their wickets. This is in the mindset. Temperament and application. With rain in the forecast this test could be headed for a draw. NZ has a chance to win it if they accelerate a bit and declare to put BD under pressure. We all know how we can fold under pressure even though as a BD supporter I would like them to show more grit and grind it out for a respectable draw. Razzak and Rubel needs to be dropped from test side altogether. As stated in earlier posts, they are not test worthy.

  • SyedAreYouDumb on October 23, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    Unless Bangladesh bat well I think there will possibly be a draw unless Bangladesh give NZ a sub 200 run chase. The rain has hampered a result but knowing Bangladesh I expect a loss. They let the game slip away... I'm really annoyed. I expect NZ will declare with a lead of 180 and Bangladesh to give NZ a chase of 100. One thing for certain is there won't be a NZ loss. I won't be surprised is Sodhi gets a couple more wickets...

  • British_North_America on October 23, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    Patdabac You are reaching to your conclusion too fast.Why are you wasting your time? Even you yourself do not believe that Afghanistan deserves test status at their current level, do you? ICC cannot provide enough matches to a country which has been playing test cricket for the last 13 years and also has an established first class infrastructure.How on earth they are going to add more members? We will play against them? India, SA or Australia? Even if you think New Zealand and West Indies, you are dreaming.

  • Rohit... on October 23, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    Can we have more comments on Anderson and Sodhi??? The comments on the home crowds is just not acceptable especially when some players played a beautiful game of cricket on a turning track... At least our team don't face such problems because we virtually travel with our team for even dead rubber matches in foreign lands..

  • British_North_America on October 23, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Albert_cambell SA is not the most loved cricket nation of the world.It is West Indies without any doubt.Good to see gentle words from you considering the fact that you have always been very harsh on Bangladesh for no reason in each of our series.

    Well, Bangladesh cannot win it from here.All they can do is to survive and secure a draw.In fact, Bangladesh do not have any bowlers in test cricket who can be a match winner.I thought Gazi is but his failure in a turning track made me think otherwise.It is a matter of time for him to be dropped from the test side.Considering this truth, I really find no point going for 4 specialist blowers when you know adding bowlers will not have any desired outcome.It is not like an extra bowler will get extra wickets for Bangladesh.So, I think Mahmudullah should be an automatic choice lower down the order.He is also very handy with off spin.Drop Anamul and bring Jahurul.At least, he can score 40 odd runs and occupy the crease for couple of hours.

  • Patdabac on October 23, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Bangladesh will lose by an innings. Very overrated team, they cannot even win against weaker Test teams in their own backyard. Well done to the NZ lower order for out-batting the Bangladeshi top batsmen. I think it's time for the ICC to give test status to Ireland or Afghanistan instead of Bangladesh.

  • Albert_cambell on October 23, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    So new zealand are ahead of the game. Tommorow they should declare and set a restrict BD for 250. Its going to be all easy for NZ. BD fans should appreciate opponent players when they do well. They should learn Sportmanship from our SA fans If you come to Johannesburg, you will see how sportive we are. Thats why SA is the most loved cricket team in the world.

  • regofpicton on October 23, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Test cricket is unlike most sports in that the crowds generally do applaud good play whichever side produces it. The most marked instance i can recall was the West Indies tour of NZ in i think 1980, Not at all the happiest of tours, with an umpire barged at the wicket and the visitors at one point being very reluctant to even take the field, but at Lancaster Park of all places, where brutally partisan crowns are as natural as breathing, there was genuinely warm support for good play from the Windies players.

    BD crowds should adopt the same attitude. After all, about half the good play in each test will be from the visitors. If the home crowd can learn to enjoy good play for its own sake the whole experience of watching this wonderful game will be much more pleasant for everyone.

  • on October 23, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    warm cofee- just for your information , coz already we have replacement for dilshan thats thisara perera ( ask from robin peterson he know better about thisara). plus some of our young players like Bhanuka, Roshen silva,already score centuries against your so called improving players in your DPL . And just check our Chandimal,Dimuth, Thirimanne 's overseas records .

  • nzcricket174 on October 23, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Why is it Bangladesh will hit a boundary and the stadium goes nuts. But an opposing player scores 100 and you wouldn't know because the stadium is almost silent.

  • StevieS on October 23, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    Marky Summers, it is day 3, why do they need to score faster, they are in control of this match and there is still 2 days left. It is going to be a lot harder to score runs batting 4th. I hope we bat till tea tomorrow at around 3 an over. Test match cricket, do you understand it?

  • on October 23, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    I agree about the comment on the crowd. Sometimes when the ball is racing away to the boundry the crowd noise is the same as between overs yet a single from the home side sends the crowd erupting like the batsmen scored a century. I find it very weird to watch.

  • on October 23, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    @gsingh7 - nothing wrong with being partisan, and I assure you I am not seeking any moral high ground here. Just curious why such an attitude has developed. It does sadden me slightly that good play is being ignored by the crowd, however, since I have always believed it was that rather quaint tradition of sportsmanship that separated cricket from many other sports.

  • on October 23, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    could watling score at a rate any slower? why do Nz batsman never look to score runs quickly in test matches to create more opportunities for a winning result.

  • shane-oh on October 23, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    @Richard Paul Naylor - looks like you really hit a sore spot for @gsingh7 by daring to suggest that good sportsmanship should be a part of the game. Apparently such a suggestion warrants a massive over-reaction.

  • QTS_ on October 23, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    @Richard Paul Naylor : Just unsporting behaviour - opposition players in the past have received adulation from the crowd, e.g. Tendulkar's 100 recently. It is the case that Bangladesh started the match with so much hope, and Anderson's innings destroyed most of the dream. The passionate crowd find it too frustrating to appreciate. Note that while these occasions to dream are becoming more frequent, they are still rare and several near-misses in the past (including the 2008 Test) have diminished patience.

  • gsingh7 on October 23, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    @richard-- maybe its have to do their different views that they dont give two hoots wat the opposition team shows on pitch, they are a partisan crowd and have different philosophy. there is no moral high ground here for u to take .

  • on October 23, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    I am curious as to why there seems to be no appreciation of good play by the opposing team by Bangladeshi supporters at the ground. Anderson's century got virtually no applause from the crowd, and neither does the crowd show any recognition when New Zealand reached 100, 200 nor 300 runs. Yet every single Bangladesh scoring shot seems to be reacted to with extreme jubilation. Is it a lack of knowledge about the tradition of applauding the opposition or just unsporting behaviour?

  • King_Ravanaa on October 23, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    @warm cofee.. i just couldn't stop my laughing when seeing such illogical comments. i'm eager to see how well your dream gonna succeed.

  • on October 23, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    show them their original abilities/capabilities or their level guys.... Bangladesh has no chance to win against us Nzlers

  • shane-oh on October 23, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    @kiwicricketnut - in theory, I agree. I'm a huge fan of McCullum and always have been, and he has copped unfair criticism his entire career. However, since he gave up the gloves he no longer commands a place in the test team - first pick in the short forms. The reality, however, is that his best mate isn't going to drop him. This became evident when he made him captain - because his place in the test team should have already been in question at that point. So, agree with a clear thinking coach his place would be in danger, but I don't see Hesson doing this and effectively conceding the captaincy change was a huge mistake.

  • gsingh7 on October 23, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    bangladesh is poor in tests as shown buy official icc rankings , they are last team on table. only way for them is up as they cannot slide more downwards. hope they cross zimbabwe in few years time.

  • kiwicricketnut on October 23, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    A lead of 100 runs or more should be enough to sink bangladesh's hopes. So pleased for anderson, such a composed innings, a slow start, got himself in then uped the tempo, suggest to me he has a smart head on his shoulders, his captain should take note on how to construct a test innings instead of trying to smash everything with only a dozen runs to his name. I like mccullum and he would be the first pick in the odi and t20 team and he'd be my captain for those formats but he is a liabilty in the test team, his hands just go to hard at the ball, he can't help himself, i know his fans will rubbish me for these comments but their must be at least 15 batters in nz with a better first class record than mccullums, in theory every one of them would be a better test batsman than mccullum, his days must be numbered in the test side, giving up the gloves was not a smart career move.

  • asiacricket1234 on October 23, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    Once again Rubel and Razzaq is spilling runs. I have no idea why they keep picking these 2 players. Razzaq at least played well in national league Rubel didn't even do that. This is ridicoulas team selection. There is no chance for Bangladesh here. Same old story. Played well in first test so now they are gonna fail badly in 2nd :(

  • on October 23, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Bangladesh have come back strongly in this back specially when they took another wicket just before tea. Bangladesh should bowled out New Zealand as quickly as they can. If Bangladesh can provide a good total on their board I think they will be in a very good position because NZ have to bat on the 4th innings and the ball is turning a little bit.

  • Matadore on October 23, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Wow.. how popular bangladesh become after the draw against SL! can u believe it.. People from SL, PAK, ENG, AUS Etc. r regular follower of bangladesh cricket.. Our friend @Albert_Campbell, @JPNana, @SLSlinger, @Joe Thompson @CrICkeeet nd many other FRIENDS (?) r really interest ab8 our crckt, THANK YOU SO MUCH... evn they dont giv cmnt in their own game bt they must giv a cmnt in BANGLADESH ARTICLE :) Good 2 see.. ITS A GREAT SIGN of our improvement! go tigers

  • Matadore on October 23, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Wow.. how popular bangladesh become after the draw against SL! can u believe it.. People from SL, PAK, SA r regular follower of bangladesh cricket.. Our friend @Albert_Campbell, @JPNana, @SLSlinger, @Joe Thompson nd many other FRIENDS (?) r really interest ab8 our crckt, THANK YOU SO MUCH... evn they dont giv cmnt in their own game bt they must giv a cmnt in BANGLADESH ARTICLE :) Good 2 see.. ITS A GREAT SIGN of our improvement! go tigers

  • Warm_Coffee on October 23, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    @JPNana: Excuse me but its not like Bangladesh have played much Cricket in the last 3 years compared to all the other teams. Yes they are the worst test team but future wise Bangladesh will be superior to your declining Sri Lanka team where recently Dilshan retired :) first beat such teams with ease at home :)

  • on October 23, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    bg quicks need to hit the gym a bit, try an bulk up to get a bit more pace. congrats to anderson! go kiwis!

  • dhola8191 on October 23, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Introducing spin from both end is the key. why you are taking too much time to understand this!! Come on Mushfique!!!. Don't make the path smooth for NZ batsmen and bowlers( when you bat). This match is still in winning condition for you. BD have to decide what they want. win or Not.

  • SarfBD on October 23, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    A great knock from Anderson. Game changing performance. Congratulation. But for a Bangladeshi fan, it's extremely frustrating. New Zealand new comers always like Bangladesh. Fanklin, KW and now Wagner, Anderson and Sodhi.

  • King_Ravanaa on October 23, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Bangladesh playing Test Cricket since 2000 and still they could not break the wall beyond no 10 in test rankings. even the ranking point are like huge gap between Bangladesh & New Zealand. Bangladesh playing for 14 years now and only able to get 10 points. even for them to come to the current position of New Zealand they may require to win at least 15 or more tests, which is highly unlikely. because New Zealan currently got 79 points in the table.

    it is high time for ICC to understand and give away test status for a team which deserved it like Ireland. Bangladesh need to start from their roots. well they showed few signs of Improvement in ODI level, but still long long way to go to shackle the minnow status of them

  • King_Ravanaa on October 23, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Bangladesh playing Test Cricket since 2000 and still they could not break the wall beyond no 10 in test rankings. even the ranking point are like huge gap between Bangladesh & New Zealand. Bangladesh playing for 14 years now and only able to get 10 points. even for them to come to the current position of New Zealand they may require to win at least 15 or more tests, which is highly unlikely. because New Zealan currently got 79 points in the table.

    it is high time for ICC to understand and give away test status for a team which deserved it like Ireland. Bangladesh need to start from their roots. well they showed few signs of Improvement in ODI level, but still long long way to go to shackle the minnow status of them

  • SarfBD on October 23, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    A great knock from Anderson. Game changing performance. Congratulation. But for a Bangladeshi fan, it's extremely frustrating. New Zealand new comers always like Bangladesh. Fanklin, KW and now Wagner, Anderson and Sodhi.

  • dhola8191 on October 23, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Introducing spin from both end is the key. why you are taking too much time to understand this!! Come on Mushfique!!!. Don't make the path smooth for NZ batsmen and bowlers( when you bat). This match is still in winning condition for you. BD have to decide what they want. win or Not.

  • on October 23, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    bg quicks need to hit the gym a bit, try an bulk up to get a bit more pace. congrats to anderson! go kiwis!

  • Warm_Coffee on October 23, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    @JPNana: Excuse me but its not like Bangladesh have played much Cricket in the last 3 years compared to all the other teams. Yes they are the worst test team but future wise Bangladesh will be superior to your declining Sri Lanka team where recently Dilshan retired :) first beat such teams with ease at home :)

  • Matadore on October 23, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Wow.. how popular bangladesh become after the draw against SL! can u believe it.. People from SL, PAK, SA r regular follower of bangladesh cricket.. Our friend @Albert_Campbell, @JPNana, @SLSlinger, @Joe Thompson nd many other FRIENDS (?) r really interest ab8 our crckt, THANK YOU SO MUCH... evn they dont giv cmnt in their own game bt they must giv a cmnt in BANGLADESH ARTICLE :) Good 2 see.. ITS A GREAT SIGN of our improvement! go tigers

  • Matadore on October 23, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Wow.. how popular bangladesh become after the draw against SL! can u believe it.. People from SL, PAK, ENG, AUS Etc. r regular follower of bangladesh cricket.. Our friend @Albert_Campbell, @JPNana, @SLSlinger, @Joe Thompson @CrICkeeet nd many other FRIENDS (?) r really interest ab8 our crckt, THANK YOU SO MUCH... evn they dont giv cmnt in their own game bt they must giv a cmnt in BANGLADESH ARTICLE :) Good 2 see.. ITS A GREAT SIGN of our improvement! go tigers

  • on October 23, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Bangladesh have come back strongly in this back specially when they took another wicket just before tea. Bangladesh should bowled out New Zealand as quickly as they can. If Bangladesh can provide a good total on their board I think they will be in a very good position because NZ have to bat on the 4th innings and the ball is turning a little bit.

  • asiacricket1234 on October 23, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    Once again Rubel and Razzaq is spilling runs. I have no idea why they keep picking these 2 players. Razzaq at least played well in national league Rubel didn't even do that. This is ridicoulas team selection. There is no chance for Bangladesh here. Same old story. Played well in first test so now they are gonna fail badly in 2nd :(

  • kiwicricketnut on October 23, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    A lead of 100 runs or more should be enough to sink bangladesh's hopes. So pleased for anderson, such a composed innings, a slow start, got himself in then uped the tempo, suggest to me he has a smart head on his shoulders, his captain should take note on how to construct a test innings instead of trying to smash everything with only a dozen runs to his name. I like mccullum and he would be the first pick in the odi and t20 team and he'd be my captain for those formats but he is a liabilty in the test team, his hands just go to hard at the ball, he can't help himself, i know his fans will rubbish me for these comments but their must be at least 15 batters in nz with a better first class record than mccullums, in theory every one of them would be a better test batsman than mccullum, his days must be numbered in the test side, giving up the gloves was not a smart career move.