Bangladesh v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 5th day October 25, 2013

'Drawn series a fair result' - McCullum

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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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  • QTS_ on October 26, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    NZ did pretty well without Vettori and Southee, putting pressure on BD on the 3rd and 4th days. Also, their tail-end batting was outstanding in both Tests, and turned the match in both cases.

    BD are still suffering from the tendency of fighting into a strong position without shutting out the opposition. The batting collapse in the 1st innings and the tail-end fightback of NZ cost them their advantages. The bowling needs to become more incisive - the last time BD bowled out a team below 250 was against WI in 2011. However, their batting is improving rapidly to save their matches.

  • 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:-)

  • 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

  • Captainman 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.

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 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! :)"

  • 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!

  • on October 26, 2013, 12:41 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • QTS_ on October 26, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    NZ did pretty well without Vettori and Southee, putting pressure on BD on the 3rd and 4th days. Also, their tail-end batting was outstanding in both Tests, and turned the match in both cases.

    BD are still suffering from the tendency of fighting into a strong position without shutting out the opposition. The batting collapse in the 1st innings and the tail-end fightback of NZ cost them their advantages. The bowling needs to become more incisive - the last time BD bowled out a team below 250 was against WI in 2011. However, their batting is improving rapidly to save their matches.

  • 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:-)

  • 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

  • Captainman 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.

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 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! :)"

  • 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!

  • on October 26, 2013, 12:41 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • on October 26, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    I couldn't understand one thing. Why you people are crying about pitch!!!!!!! What you think, if BD go for a trip to NZ & then they will get a spinning track! Never ever will happen that. I want to say, it's very common in Cricket that home side will get an advantage of pitch. So, forget abt pitch criticism & give cheers to both sides.

  • ablushali on October 26, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Many people are criticising BD for preparing flat pitch and securing a draw. But I don't know if they are considering the entire history of BD test cricket. For last 13 years or so BD is playing test cricket and their home pitches were always like this, and they still used to lose test matches by innings on their own ground in less than 5 days. So, I believe this result is a clear indication of their improvement. Come on guys appreciate this.

  • Captainman on October 26, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    Good to see so called "top 8" struggling against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Ireland.

  • on October 26, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    If you look at the performance then Bangladesh won this series.

  • regofpicton on October 26, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    So McCullum is relying on his "average" to secure his place in the team? Not a good tactic! To my mind the most disturbing aspect of this is its self-deluding quality. Including his "golden" years his test average is 35. Since 2011 it is 30.5!

    It's as bad as when he explained his aggregate of 5 runs in the 3 group games of the Champion's Trophy as being due to the fact that he "only faced 8 balls". The thing is, in those 8 deliveries he missed two straight ones and chipped a slower ball to mid on.

    And his 3 dismissals this series? Déjà vu!! Plays back to a full straight ball and misses with his wipe across the line - plumb; tries to cut a full straight ball - bowled; whacks a long hop into outfield - caught. "Average" 18.

    This isn't average. It would be a bit below average in a school 1st eleven. For a specialist batsman, and especially for the skipper of a test team, it is Completely Ridiculous And Pathetic.

  • jimbond on October 26, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    Yes, the drawn series was a fair reflection - of the wickets that were prepared for this series. After so, many years of test cricket BD dont have the will to win, and hence have prepared these kind of dead wickets. I remember Sri Lanka also used to the same in the last two decades, but they had two bowlers who could extract something from those conditions. I suppose BD are at the same mental mindset that India were in the 70s- that a draw is as big as a win, afterall it is better than a loss. In the series, batsmen of both sides did well. However in the absence of testing conditions, we wont know how good they really are.

  • on October 26, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    I would have Mitchell McClenaghan in the test side for Bracewell in a heartbeat.

  • on October 25, 2013, 23:26 GMT

    I am a great fan of NZ cric team as St Fleming was 1 of my favorite player and as i like Vettori and Ryder now. But as i am the greatest fan of BD thats why i cant wish NZ only for this series.PLZ...NZ lose this series but hope win against Windis and India....

  • kiwicricketnut on October 25, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    In reality this could of been a banana skin tour for us, sub continent conditions are our archillies heel, turning tracks are our weakness and we have come back from bangladesh with our tail between our legs before. We lost alot of time to rain, if it didn't rain i think there would have been a result, but it could have gone either way, bangladesh fought like i've never seen them fight before and a draw was a fair reflection on how the game played out so well done bangladesh. The odi's should be more exciting, looking foward to seeing if neesham and anderson can carry on their good form, having both those guys in the same team is very exciting, could be a very destructive pair, hopefully we can win that series and take something away from this tour.

  • Lermy on October 25, 2013, 23:10 GMT

    NZ incredibly lucky to escape with draw. BD played the more aggressive attacking cricket, and often threw their wickets away, making nZ bowlers look much better than they were. In general NZ batsmen were grinders, and always looked vulnerable to spin, but managed to not get the edge or the LBW decision when it counted. Very very lucky. On this performance NZ are a declining force, and BD will easily have their measure if they can balance attack with some measure of self control.

  • bobbo2 on October 25, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    Fair result in roads. People should stop carrying on about McCullum and Hesson. The team is looking far better than it has in a long time. I think they are doing a good job and NZ have a good crop go young players who look like they might have the goods

  • on October 25, 2013, 22:41 GMT

    cooljack_143 is quite correct there was rain in the first test. And i to believe its not going to help BD to play for draws. Rain aside the pitch wasn't a sporting wicket and it seems like it was prepared that way so BD could at least get a draw. I want to see BD do well and they are improving but i think they'd deserve more credit if they tried moving out of there comfort zone.

  • on October 25, 2013, 22:24 GMT

    BD batted well but i still think there's some severe over confidence with a dash of arrogance coming from there supporters. BD fans are continually on the defensive about negative comments made about there team yet they relish posting negative comments about NZ and how there supposedly MUCH better than them. Now a draw is a good result for BD but the fans are getting a bit carried away. First off it was a draw, you play to win in any game. Second it was rain affected and many BD fans seem to think if had gone the full 5 days BD would have won.....well they COULD have won but as far as probability goes id say a draw would still have been most likely with a NZ win the next most likely. BD would have had to get some quick runs and declared with atleast 50-60 overs remaining, with that in mind BD are just as capable if not more so than NZ to suffer a batting collapse. And thirdly the pitches were not at all conducive to producing a result, engineering draws are not victories.

  • HatersAreOrdinary on October 25, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    Cooljack_143 sorry to say mate but do you even understand the game ?? I just rad through couple of your comments one of them you said if there was no rain on 4th day you could have had 2-3 more wickets. Lmfao. How pathetic isnt it? Please dont watch cricket anymkre for the sake of the game.

  • cooljack_143 on October 25, 2013, 21:21 GMT

    well I can predict 2-0 for NZ in odi's as 1 odi will be washed away.& the onlyT20 will be won by Brad as well.

  • on October 25, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    any guesses for NZ ODI 11? Guessing that McCullum will play at 5 and not be keeping

  • on October 25, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    I remember when Sri Lanka started playing International Cricket and how they struggled. Bangladesh will do the same but there is now a lot more money in the game that will entice the next generation to play the game. It would not surprise me in the least if Bangladesh rolled England at Lords or Australia at SCG or Sth Africa in Cape Town before 2030.

    Have to keep investing in Africa ..... Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania.

  • on October 25, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    jeeze brendan who are you kidding? we batted well.... sort of but our bowling was terrible on the last day nz cricket is now a joke unfortunately, and a bad one at that.

  • on October 25, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    I think we, as fans need to move on from the 'Who will be captain' saga of last year. Of more importance is how long Brendan McCullum can stay in the job if either Jesse Ryder comes back to from and Kane Williamson, his heir apparent, continues his great run of form. The current team is full of potential and I am sure we will see this potential come to the fore in the home series this summer. I just hope the grounds staff don't deliver pitches as benign as the two we played on in Bangladesh!

  • on October 25, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    @cooljack_143, Once BD team couldn't even stand against "top 8 teams" including NZ. That time, losing against BD was considered to be disgraceful. Did you actually realize that the difference is significantly decreasing? I hope you did by the previous 4-0 "Whitewash series" and the draw of this test series (also Asia cup performance and ODIs against WI). Other teams now seem to be relaxed to post a draw in tests against BD because "honeymoon tours" doesn't claim much more or it became harder to win here! Just the way touring BD became "honeymoon" from "we're definitely going to win" series, soon it's going to be "a tough tour". BD people are crazy for cricket and this popularity is already producing a huge amount of young talents compared to others (I hope you're also updated with BD's U19 success). Within years BD will change the picture of rankings by their performance which will automatically diminish the kind of imagination people like you've. Please be ready for another 4-0 CHEERS

  • asiacricket1234 on October 25, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    Poor Cooljack. Having a hard time to accept the fact that BD didn't lose lol. All those if and buts doesnt work mate. Test were draw both teams are happy. So you can cry as much as you want nothing gonna change.

  • The_Ashes on October 25, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    @cooljack_143 - Why should Bangladesh prepare bouncy pitches? subcontinent pitches are low and slow and New Zealand are pathetic on these pitches. Didn't you get bowled out for 47 earlier in the year on bouncy pitch? fact is New Zealand drew not 1 but both these test matches and deep down New Zealand are obviously disappointed that they struggled against such a team. Hope you are not having a hard time swallowing what just happened in this test series :)

  • Captainman on October 25, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    @Cool:- Your excuses are weak I must say. You say first test day final session which was rained would've lost 3/4 wickets??? lol you know the future or something? you had a more than enough ample time to rattle a minnow but still failed mate. West Indies came here last year and the pitches were flat and yet they beat Bangladesh in both test matches but why couldn't New Zealand? because their bowling is simply inferior and Bangladesh gave you a game. Hopefully we'll see you around when New Zealand loses the ODI series but till then good luck!

    Also in the second test you had a lead of around 150 and the entire 4th day to finish off Bangladesh but only managed 3 wickets but yet Bangladesh not only eclipsed that score but gained a 100+ lead itself and should consider yourself lucky the final day was rained off.

  • MAN_AT_WORK on October 25, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    @cooljack...exactly not deft, daft as a brush!

  • 22many on October 25, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    it is time the new nzc board puts hesson /mccullum and white on notice their fatal decision last year to force John Wright to move on then appointing a no name in Hesson as coach . Since White /Hesson and McCullum have come on board NZC has never been looked so inept in its long and wonderful history. the gap between its fans and itself is huge and unless some urgent action is taken in addressing the failures and dishonest actions of some surrounding the axing of a winning capt last year...cricket in nz is damaged goods. Well done to BD for some wonderful cricket and also to the new young talented nz players....

  • on October 25, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    Soshi is a real talent, he will play for NZ for a decade at least

  • cooljack_143 on October 25, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    @shadman sakib, plz check that rain was involved in 1st test too day4 at 4pm&match was called off.had match persisted,BD would have lost 2-3 wkts by end of day and game could be on 5th day.

  • cooljack_143 on October 25, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    @Man_at_work its deaf, not deft..which part of world are your from???? BD will have hard time winning games if they keep producing spin friendly pitches like this.they got to be realistic & play on bouncy pitches.this wont do good to them anymore.

  • cooljack_143 on October 25, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    @bdsmaruf, Man_at_work, please hold your tongue this is cricinfo & has some credibility .plz dont degrade this site with your neg comments.there are many sites out there where you can abuse & express yourselves how ever you want, not here plz.

  • GasPipe on October 25, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    ...CONTINUED not then, definitely the India tour. If you had to drop anyone for Ryder, based purely on form, it would be McCullum. However he will likely slot in for Anderson which is an injustice to Corey's performances. McCullum needs to produce some more of those positive 70s/80s and hopefully 100s that he is known for to contribute.

    Also our pacers were very good. Trent Boult struggled with length a bit but he is still our number 2 (behind Southee, who we really missed), and Wagner was excellent. Wagner showed how important his tireless, hearty pace bowling is for our team, and I think Bracewell will have to make way for him in future.

    All in all, promising signs, from an interesting (if not necessarily) entertaining test series. Bring on the Windies!

  • cooljack_143 on October 25, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    wow you guys are awesome so many neg comments...well that says the state of BD cricket now. BD players need to learn to be humble first and rest of results will follow. learn from zim team&their leader taylor..he isnt like mushfiqr, who doesnt comment realistically.leader should respect opponent. I am just a neutral fan here. Noot commenting on anyone but saying how can BD improve. Sry if I hurt your feelings, but realistically 250 would be chasable on this pitch, so take it easy!!!

  • GasPipe on October 25, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    An interesting series, positive for both sides.

    For Bangladesh, I was impressed. You guys have definitely improved, and have some talented players. Mominul Haque was outstanding, he showed excellent temperament, but also some true class when putting away the bad balls (his late cut off Kane Williamson was gorgeous). Hopefully you find some more reliable and incisive pace bowlers which will really round out your team.

    As for the Black Caps, I think we are looking good for the Windies and India. Our top order all seems to be performing. Rutherford needs to work on reigning in his shots during tough patches, but I still think he is our long term opener. Corey Anderson's bowling and batting performances hint at a reliable long-term all-rounder, and Ish Sodhi really excites me - for once we have a promising YOUNG spinner who genuinely looks threatening. McCullum needs to lead with the bat though. Jesse Ryder stated his goal is to be back hopefully for the Windies Tour, and if CONTINUED..

  • on October 25, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Loser always blame to something for his lost. At this moment NZ fans acting like loser , blaming pitch,rain ,slow batting from bd team & mominul haque. But true fast is, NZ is saved by GOD.

  • MAN_AT_WORK on October 25, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    @cooljack_143 you must be either blind or deft !! I feel very sorry for you and hope you will get well soon.

  • on October 25, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    @Cooljack... So U gyess comlaining about rain,,, what would happaen if Bd would challange nz with 250 runs target, and with spin attack of shakib, razzak, and gazi? Rain Can happen in any Situation. we cannot control Rain. So take lesson form what Mccullum said, "I think a drawn series is a fair reflection because Bangladesh played some excellent cricket as well."

  • Fogu on October 25, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    I wouldn't jump to the conclusion that opposition team will not loose in BD. Now that BD has improved their batting line up, we need to focus on creating pitches that support local bowlers. We should learn from IN. Either you get absolute slow spinning wickets or absolute road in IN. BD prepared pitches that supported both teams for the most part. Good for cricket but not good for the home team. This game was played in good spirit and mutual respect. We appreciate NZ because they always display good sportsmanship. I am proud of how BD played. Go Tigers!

  • Captainman on October 25, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    @cooljack: Thrashed 4-0 and now drawn 2 test matches against the 'minnows'. Please be ready mate for another 3-0 thrashing.

  • bdsmaruf on October 25, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    @cooljack.... I think you didn't comment from your brain.my friend critics realistically. otherwise people will laugh on you. cricinfo please publish.

  • on October 25, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    world cricket sould consider bd with high potentiality as we are upwarding......

  • on October 25, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    @cooljack_143, well is that why the first test was drawn as well? well i didnt see any rain involved there :/

  • on October 25, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    @cooljack... negative comments from people like you actually motive our team more .Thanks for you comment.We had a lead of 114 with 7 wickets in hand and NZ would have batted last on a track that might induce some turn.Now you say rain saved whom?

  • on October 25, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    If the 5th Day game held fully there were 100 overs of game. Bangladesh had 113 runs lead. Today Bangladesh could have played 45 more overs to score another 150 runs. The lead would reach to 265. New Zealand would have to chase 265 in 53 overs. then there was a chance of collapse in Kiwi batting and there was a chance for Bangladesh.

  • on October 25, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Congrats to both team,looking forward to the limited over games,will they be as close to each other,onwards an upwards go tigers.

  • cooljack_143 on October 25, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    @Rafelgibt , well its really a clear message that BD would be saved all the time by the rains there & its indeed a Honeymoon tour, as no team has to worry about the result as they can be pretty sure that they will not loose in BD, rain is always there to help them to take to a Draw & they can just relax:-)

  • on October 25, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    We want to play tests in INDIA. I think INDIA should invite us as we showed our ability.

  • Rafelgibt on October 25, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    Well said McCullum.From now on its a clear message to rest of the world that touring Bangladesh would not be a Honeymoon tour for anybody.Yes, i mean nobody of TEST arena.I would like to congratulate both of the teams BAN and NZ for showing good and competitive performances.

  • British_North_America on October 25, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    New Zealand is as gentle as they always are.Thanks to McCullum for his sportive words.I think critics of Bangladesh should see that even the opposition captain thinks that the result is fair on the basis of both teams' performances.Best of luck to both teams for the upcoming ODI and T20 series.

  • British_North_America on October 25, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    New Zealand is as gentle as they always are.Thanks to McCullum for his sportive words.I think critics of Bangladesh should see that even the opposition captain thinks that the result is fair on the basis of both teams' performances.Best of luck to both teams for the upcoming ODI and T20 series.

  • Rafelgibt on October 25, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    Well said McCullum.From now on its a clear message to rest of the world that touring Bangladesh would not be a Honeymoon tour for anybody.Yes, i mean nobody of TEST arena.I would like to congratulate both of the teams BAN and NZ for showing good and competitive performances.

  • on October 25, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    We want to play tests in INDIA. I think INDIA should invite us as we showed our ability.

  • cooljack_143 on October 25, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    @Rafelgibt , well its really a clear message that BD would be saved all the time by the rains there & its indeed a Honeymoon tour, as no team has to worry about the result as they can be pretty sure that they will not loose in BD, rain is always there to help them to take to a Draw & they can just relax:-)

  • on October 25, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Congrats to both team,looking forward to the limited over games,will they be as close to each other,onwards an upwards go tigers.

  • on October 25, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    If the 5th Day game held fully there were 100 overs of game. Bangladesh had 113 runs lead. Today Bangladesh could have played 45 more overs to score another 150 runs. The lead would reach to 265. New Zealand would have to chase 265 in 53 overs. then there was a chance of collapse in Kiwi batting and there was a chance for Bangladesh.

  • on October 25, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    @cooljack... negative comments from people like you actually motive our team more .Thanks for you comment.We had a lead of 114 with 7 wickets in hand and NZ would have batted last on a track that might induce some turn.Now you say rain saved whom?

  • on October 25, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    @cooljack_143, well is that why the first test was drawn as well? well i didnt see any rain involved there :/

  • on October 25, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    world cricket sould consider bd with high potentiality as we are upwarding......

  • bdsmaruf on October 25, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    @cooljack.... I think you didn't comment from your brain.my friend critics realistically. otherwise people will laugh on you. cricinfo please publish.