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New Zealand Test captain Tim Southee is anticipating a ‘hard-fought’ series against Bangladesh, starting on Tuesday which is also the first series of the WTC cycle.
Southee mentioned that the pitch and conditions will be difficult to fit in and admitted it won’t be easy to secure full WTC points against the Tigers in their home conditions.
“It is not as easy as you say to get the points. We know that Bangladesh are a great side in these conditions. I would imagine a hard-fought Test series,” said Southee in the press conference.
“The start of the new cycle is exciting. It is a tough place to play Tests. Bangladesh are strong in these conditions. We played Tests back in the start of the year. The last cycle didn’t go as well as we planned. The guys involved in the first WTC cycle know how special it is to do well in this championship,” he said.
Southee acknowledged the difference in pitch conditions between New Zealand and Bangladesh as the sub-continent offers more spin-friendly tracks.
“It is foreign conditions compared to New Zealand. Pace plays a big role in New Zealand. Spin historically plays a big role in this part of the world. Our spinners have done some great things in Tests. We are looking forward to them showcasing their skills,” he said.
“It is a different role than what we are used to back in New Zealand. We have three seamers here that offer different strengths. It is a collective bowling unit wherever you play in the world. Everyone chips in different ways. Spin doesn’t play a big part in New Zealand but they will play a bigger role in Bangladesh," he added.