Bangladesh v New Zealand, 1st ODI, Mirpur October 28, 2013

Bowlers will be rotated - McCullum

Brendon McCullum will lead a predominantly young side in Bangladesh and while he was wary of how difficult conditions in the subcontinent can be, he believed the challenge would help them grow as international cricketers.

New Zealand are hoping to minimise the impact of alien conditions and a rigorous schedule by rotating their players during the upcoming ODI series against Bangladesh. The teams play the first match on October 29, and the second comes up after only one day's rest, followed by travel to Fatullah for the third and final match on November 3.

"Most of the bowlers will be given opportunities in this series at some point. We have got a lot of stock in this series which is good," he said. "We have got experienced campaigners like Kyle Mills and Tim Southee. We have got some relative youngsters such as Adam Milne, Corey Anderson and James Neesham [in the side]. They are going to get some exposure in the next couple of games as well. That's exciting for us and hopefully the conditions aren't too brutal on them and they are able to perform."

Seamer Mitchell McClenaghan has been a sensation this year for New Zealand, with 38 wickets at 18.02 in limited-overs cricket. But he is still not likely to feature in all three games, considering his lack of experience in the subcontinent and unhelpful pitches.

"I don't imagine he will play every game just with the nature of how quick the two games are together at the start," McCullum said. "This is his first trip to the subcontinent but he is an incredibly exciting talent for us. Since he has come in to international cricket, we have been able to change the way we attack with the ball."

As for their batting, McCullum is happy to see Hamish Rutherford open the innings with newcomer Anton Devcich, who is expected to make his ODI debut on Tuesday. New Zealand will draw most of their experience from the likes of McCullum himself, Ross Taylor and Grant Elliott who man the middle order.

"Hamish Rutherford and Anton Devcich should open the batting for us," McCullum. "They are both strong stroke-makers and like to play their shots. They should be able to play their shots given the balance of our middle order, with Williamson, Taylor and Elliot coming in behind so hopefully they are allowed to play with that freedom."

New Zealand's one-day form in the last 12 months is also encouraging for McCullum. They have won against South Africa and England away from home this year - a sure sign of progress as a team. "I think the one-day team is pretty set in how we play. We have had more success off late and probably feel a lot more confident in the one-day format at this point of time."

The bottomline though is to return home with a series win, after the painful memories of 2010 and McCullum is acutely aware of that. His steely glare when asked whether he considered this series as opportunity for payback said it all.

"This is not revenge. But we haven't forgotten." McCullum couldn't be closer to the truth.

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

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  • VVSR92 on October 29, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    The fast bowlers needs to be rotated in order to test all their young quicks. I beleive kyle mills should have bben rested

  • dummy4fb on October 29, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    I would not underestimate either team.. Really it comes down to the usual style of ODI, which partnership / batsmen fire up hard and get what they need. Who swings the ball and takes crucial wickets and who leaks the runs like a hose with holes?

    Nz have always been a good chasing team but last time that was their undoing in BD as they squandered their 'powerplay' as per usual back then and left it too late. Timing is what is needed in this ODI series, or for lack of a better work - precise implementation of strategy and not going with 'the plan' when it looks to be 50/50 at best

  • dummy4fb on October 29, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    going to be a good match........but i think newzealand have a good firepower,,,,,,,,,so nz will win

  • dummy4fb on October 29, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    New Zealand will win series 2-1 better in coloured clothing and wont be like last time 4-0. Mitchell McClenaghan will cause problems for their batsmen hes a knack for taking wickets Is well and southee be back missed him during test maches

  • dummy4fb on October 29, 2013, 2:06 GMT

    pls no rubel hossain until bangladesh wants to loose cheaply against New Zeland.Rubel is simply terrible in the detah bowling.He surely does not know or lacks both talent and self confidence to bowl final overs.

  • dummy4fb on October 28, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    going to be a tough match... if shakib plays, then its 60-40... otherwise 50-50

  • cooljack_143 on October 28, 2013, 20:38 GMT

    Nathan is enough for NZ side.The way he performed in CLT20, its amazing.and minus Shakib I can already see the insecurity in Mushys face..Bring back Shakib in place of Mushy, BD will do great.

  • dummy4fb on October 28, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    Nothing left for New Zealander's here in Bangladesh. they have drawn the Test series only chance of win a series in Bangladesh. ODI series and only T20 should win Bangladesh bcoz of BD team played very at their home. They beat NZ 4-0 of the last series in Bangladesh with their history best spinner Daniel Vettori. NZ lost the series bcoz lack of spinner in the team. Nathan Macullam is simple spinner like Nasir Hossain. So rock Bangladesh.

  • TigerRoars on October 28, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    "This is not revenge. But we haven't forgotten." --- Bangladesh team should pay attention. This is a determined side, but the home team is better, at least in Bangladesh. They need to come up with a plan and execute it well.

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