Tim Southee, the New Zealand fast bowler, has spoken of payback being a part of his team's motivating factors ahead of the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh starting on October 29. He is one of eight players in the current ODI squad who were part of the 2010 side that lost 4-0.
There had been several questions about that result ahead of the Test series, which ended 0-0 on Friday. But now that the ODI series is the next segment of the tour, the question of revenge is more forthcoming. When asked about it after training on Saturday, Southee replied in the affirmative. "Yeah, I guess so. The guys who were here four [three] years ago would want to put that right, but we are concentrating on building a good one-day team. We are improving and we want to keep doing that.
"It was disappointing. But there were a few guys here from that series. We have performed very well in the last few ODI series. The guys are well-versed with playing on the subcontinent, having played here recently on A-tours."
The other survivors are captain Brendon McCullum, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Kyle Mills, Grant Elliott, Nathan McCullum and wicketkeeper BJ Watling.
"The Bangladeshis have improved a lot in ODI cricket in the last few years and they are very good in their own conditions. We are definitely looking forward to it," Southee said.
The three-match ODI series begins in Mirpur on October 29, and the ground will also host the second ODI on October 31. The third ODI will be played at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium. The lone Twenty20 match will be played in Mirpur on November 6 to conclude the tour.