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Bangladesh- New Zealand Series

Latham eye to bounce back at favorite Hagley Oval



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New Zealand captain Tom Latham said he expected Bangladesh to be full of confidence but maintained the Hagley Oval in Christchurch factor would favourite New Zealand.

The Black Caps see the picturesque central city ground as a safe haven and point to an impressive Test record of six wins, a loss and a draw at the oval.

The emerald wicket suits their swing and seam attack and they expect to atone for their shock loss to the tourists in the first Test.

"It's a completely different surface to what was up at the Mount and we know we've played some really good cricket here in recent years. With the extra pace and carry here it does suit our bowlers. Latham said.

Latham added New Zealand had the additional incentive of providing a victorious farewell for senior batsman Ross Taylor, in his final Test before retiring from international cricket.

"Hopefully we can celebrate a nice Test win and obviously a great career as well," the captain said.

However, Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo warned New Zealand not to believe they were the only team to benefit from a green wicket.

"We've got some really quality fast bowlers at the moment and it's not often Bangladesh can say that they're actually looking forward to bowling on a wicket that has got a bit of grass on it," he said.