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12:00 AM, January 23, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 23, 2017

'Will be a test of character for NZ'

A washout on the third day of the second Test between Bangladesh and New Zealand in Christchurch suppressed, to a certain extent, the excitement that was created after Shakib Al Hasan took three quick wickets late on Day Two and evened out the game.

However, with the wicket behaving as it is, both teams reckon that there is a good chance of a result if the rains do not interrupt the Test further. The first two days of the Test saw 17 wickets fall and with the wicket expected to keep offering help to the bowlers, it seems the game will tilt towards the side that can put in a better batting performance towards the end.

With the rain lashing onto the covers at the Hagley Oval almost throughout the day yesterday, it could mean that the Bangladesh batsmen might have to face a more difficult time once they manage to grab the last three wickets and go to bat.

Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman, Nurul Hasan has said that Bangladesh will first be looking to confirm a draw before thinking about a win.

“It's difficult to say what will happen. A lot will depend on the start of the game tomorrow. But no matter what happens, we have to stay positive. We have to think about confirming a draw first and then if there is a chance, we will try to take that chance and win as well,” explained Nurul.

“There are still two more days and who knows, anything is possible, anything can happen,” he added.

Former Bangladesh national coach and current bowling coach of New Zealand, Shane Jurgensen, echoed the sentiment and reckons that a result was very much possible in the two 'long days' that are remaining.

“I think there is still a lot of time left in the game. I suppose we just need a few good partnerships and once the sun comes out tomorrow we can set up. We have two long days to go,” said Jurgensen.

“I think it [ the wicket] will certainly offer a little bit [because of the rain] when the sun comes out tomorrow. It has been a good wicket throughout the summer, but it may offer something initially. Can't really predict too much,” Jurgensen , adding that spin might come into play at Christchurch towards the latter stages of the game.

While New Zealand dominated most of the second day, they lost three wickets to Shakib shortly before play was called off because of a drizzle making the turf slippery and gave up the advantage. It was something that Jurgensen was disappointed about.

“I think we certainly didn't execute our plans. Bangladesh are a very positive team. I have been there myself. When you don't get something right, they will be positive and go against you,” said Jurgensen.

Furthermore, Jurgensen urged his batsmen to be wary of Shakib on Day Four and advised them to tuck him around for singles rather than looking to hit him for boundaries.

“I think it's going to be a real test of character for the team to try and get as many runs as we can and set up and see how the game pans out,” said Jurgensen. 

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