Kiwis to counter spin with pace
New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson said yesterday that his charges are ready to face the spin challenge awaiting them in the series against the Tigers.
After spending two quiet days, the New Zealand team spoke to local media at a Dhaka hotel where Hesson expressed his confidence in his young team.
“Every time we play in the sub-continent we have to face a lot of spin. We are looking forward to the challenge and this will be a big test for us,” said a confident Hesson.
“Before coming here, we spent nine days in Sri Lanka where we faced many spinners; we are well aware of the spinners in Bangladesh. We know we have to face a couple of left-arm spinners and we have to face Gazi (Shohag) and a couple of off spinners,” he added.
Instead of being worried about Bangladesh's spinners, Hesson indicated that the Kiwis' young pace attack may be a problem for the hosts.
“We have some young talented bowlers on our side with the ability to swing and reverse swing the ball. They are ready to present some tough challenges,” said Hesson adding that they will miss the experience of Daniel Vettori.
24-year old left-arm paceman Trent Boult, who so far picked up 49 wickets in 15 Tests, backed his coach's views.
“It's tough for the fast bowlers to get success in these conditions but I have had a bit of success in these conditions. I will look to swing the ball up front and also to reverse swing the ball later in the innings. Hopefully conditions suit me,” said Boult during the press conference.
Hesson dismissed notions of revenge for the Kiwis' 4-0 ODI drubbing on their last visit in 2010. Interestingly, instead of Shakib Al Hasan -- the man who engineered that series win -- it is Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim who has drawn special attention as the Kiwis believe that he is the man to watch in the series.
“Mushfiqur is a quality batsman, he has been in touch for the last 12 months, so he will be the player to watch and we have some plans for him,” said Hesson.
The New Zealand coach believed that the two-match Test series will be a real challenge for them as they had to work hard to win the last Test series in Bangladesh in 2008.
“We had a tough series last time and we are expecting nothing but a tough series ahead,” said Hesson.