Bangladesh v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 5th day

'Drawn series a fair result' - McCullum

Mohammad Isam in Mirpur

October 25, 2013

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Ish Sodhi is congratulated after picking up Nasir Hossain's wicket, Bangladesh v New Zealand, 1st Test, Chittagong, 3rd day, October 11, 2013
Brendon McCullum on Ish Sodhi: "Not too many legspinners have that level of control, especially for such a young guy" © AFP
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New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has said the 0-0 series score was a "fair result" given the weather in Mirpur and the way both batting units performed in the Chittagong Test.

"We wanted to win this Test series and were expected to do so as well," McCullum said. "We played good cricket in this series, our batting was outstanding and our bowling stood up in tough conditions. I think a drawn series is a fair reflection because Bangladesh played some excellent cricket as well.

"We would have loved to win 2-0 [but] it wasn't to be. We tried to force a result in Chittagong but the wicket was too good and both batting line-ups batted well. We lost nearly two days in rain here. We could have put them under more pressure yesterday but they stood up. They thoroughly deserved to be where they were at the start of play today. Nil-nil is a fair result."

McCullum wasn't among the runs in the two Tests. He had two scores in the twenties, one below that and, for nearly three years, he has been without a hundred in Tests. The last one came in November 2010 when he scored a double-hundred in India.

"I am not satisfied with my own performance," McCullum said. "I wanted to contribute through this Test series but that's the nature of cricket sometimes. Thankfully, the other guys in the line-up got runs. I was delighted from a team point of view.

"It has been a while but I haven't scored too many centuries any way. I can certainly try and score runs but that's how it goes. That's why there's something called an average."

He was impressed with the performance of his young bowling attack in the series. Neil Wagner took seven out of the 13 Bangladesh wickets and McCullum said it was impressive to see bowlers, who don't have much experience in these conditions, doing well.

"Three of our bowlers were only on their second trip to the sub-continent and two had their first trip," he said. "They really developed nicely. They stood up and learned a lot from this experience.

"We got in excess of 400 in both Tests. We lost a couple of wickets in the Chittagong second innings when we tried to force the pace. Our batting was outstanding and all the guys in the top order did well, barring me and Hamish Rutherford. Everyone stood up and performed in tough conditions."

He praised legspinner Ish Sodhi who proved to be a better option than Bruce Martin in the second Test. Sodhi ended with six wickets in the series at an average of 44.16, having done much better in Dhaka, and McCullum was impressed by the 20-year-old's control and ability to turn the ball.

"I think we can forgive him for the Chittagong Test," McCullum said. "He bowled better as the Test wore on and everyone who has played Test cricket knows how nervous they are in the first game.

"His height is a big thing, he gets a lot of bounce. He is a wrist spinner so he gets considerable amount of turn on the ball. Not too many legspinners have that level of control, especially for such a young guy. That's what has really impressed me. He can land the ball where he wants to. He can extract the turn and bounce."

Sodhi, however, will be one of the nine players who will leave to make way for the ODI players. Peter Fulton, Dean Brownlie, BJ Watling, Doug Bracewell, Wagner, Trent Boult, Mark Gillespie and Martin will also be returning.

The players who have arrived for the three ODIs and the lone Twenty20 are Anton Devcich, Grant Elliott, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Colin Munro and James Neesham. Tim Southee has been with the squad since they arrived on October 1.

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

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Posted by cooljack_143 on (October 27, 2013, 3:32 GMT)

@JayAmin10, yes I expect 2-3 wkts were out&I 'm confident abt that.well well dont get offended, take it easy.this is cricket.no battle. lufao:-)

Posted by Tanvir_Jony on (October 27, 2013, 0:40 GMT)

@ cpt.Meanster...clear your thoughts and try to appreciate their effort...New Zealand is one of the strongest team of the world. So its not so intelligent to call them mediocre. Bangladesh is improving day by day and they are doing better than ever...to do well in the other conditions they need to play some more tests...but they are not getting sufficient test matches...and those pitches which you are telling dead, Bangladesh used to lose on those tracks within 3 days of play. Now they are drawing series. Dont be so jealous because the time is not so far when they will beat your so called strong teams like nothing. Peace

Posted by KingAjmal on (October 26, 2013, 21:51 GMT)

Cpt: Excuse me but I would advise you to watch before comment because this was a good competitive series. Your opinion is just a opinion and last time this mediocre team thrashed your pathetic Indian team that also plays on flat tracks. Losing 8-0 on non-flat tracks if I can recall.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 26, 2013, 20:34 GMT)

This series also goes to show NZ have NOT improved one bit. Their fans were jumping all over the place which I found funny. NZ are rightly ranked at the bottom with Bangladesh. Bangladesh on the other hand have NOT done ANYTHING to convince the rest of the world that they are improving. Playing at home on dead tracks is all good but that isn't enough. Come out of it and prove everyone that your team can compete in tougher conditions against quality opposition. It doesn't have to be in test cricket, but in any format. Nothing to be happy about. Just an ordinary series between 2 mediocre teams.

Posted by   on (October 26, 2013, 18:21 GMT)

Easy and effective no 3 solution from my assumption.. In bowling,effective bowler will go for 10 overs.

I will strongly oppose for Mahmudullah as he on several occasions creates pressure on ran rate and plays shots when there remains no hope.

1.Tamim 2.Shamsur 3.Mominul (5 overs) 4.Shakib (10 overs) 5.Mushfiq 6.Nasir (5 overs) 7.Naeem Islam (5 overs) 8.Shohag Gazi (10 overs) 9.Zia (10 overs) 10.Mashrafi (10 overs) 11.Razzak(10 overs)

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (October 26, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

Deep down though New Zealand and critics of Bangladesh are obviously unhappy with the result against clearly the worst of all test teams. In the other hand, Bangladesh are obviously happy with 2 draws and saving the series and recently the under-19 won the 7 match ODI series 4-3 in the Caribbean all boding well for Bangladesh Cricket. And also Shakib firmly ranked as the worlds number 1 test all-rounder and by some distance too. An ODI series loss to Bangladesh will just confirm New Zealand's disappointment as I feel Bangladesh will be too much for them and hence another whitewash. Pity its not a 5 match series after what happened last time-out. Good luck New Zealand! :)"

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (October 26, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

If you watched the match it was certainly not a road. I don't think the pitches were purposely made for draws and even the Bangladeshi players wanted a spinning wicket and were annoyed they could only draw. Had rain not intervened then a result was more than likely and this stopped the spinners extracting more turn. People should just appreciate that Bangladesh played well instead of tge continuous bashing!

Posted by   on (October 26, 2013, 12:41 GMT)

The two MOM and the Man of the series is won by BD. :)

Posted by CricketChat on (October 26, 2013, 12:06 GMT)

Fair result meant NZ and Bang are at the same level. That is a big come down for NZ.

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