Shell-shocked N Zealand to be ag­gres­sive against Bangladesh

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A thrash­ing at the hands of Aus­tralia had been a salu­tary les­son for New Zealand cap­tain Kane Wil­liamson and his side would be far more ag­gres­sive when their one-day se­ries starts against a con­fi­dent Bangladesh team to­day.

Wil­liamson’s team had jour­neyed across the Tas­man hav­ing beaten Pak­istan in two tests and con­fi­dent they could beat a shell-shocked Aus­tralian side who had been hu­mil­i­ated by South Africa and over­hauled by the se­lec­tors.

In­stead, Aus­tralia ham­mered New Zealand 3-0 with an ag­gres­sive style of play with Wil­liamson’s team fail­ing to cap­i­talise on the few op­por­tu­ni­ties they did have in the se­ries.

“Hess (coach Mike Hes­son) and I have spo­ken a bit about that se­ries,” Wil­liamson told re­porters in Christchurch on Sun­day ahead of their first game against Bangladesh.

“I sup­pose when you go away on a tour and get beaten like we did in Aussie there’s a num­ber of things you would have liked to have done a lit­tle bit bet­ter. It’s im­por­tant we learn from it and be­come a bet­ter side go­ing for­ward.” Wil­liamson said his side would be more ag­gres­sive than they were in Aus­tralia, with the team’s pace bowlers to be asked to put pres­sure on the Bangladesh bats­men.

The only se­lec­tion is­sue at Ha­gley Oval ap­peared to be over the bal­ance of the quicks, with rookie Lochie Fer­gu­son and Matt Henry likely to be the toss-up for the third seamer role to­day. “With the depth in the pace depart­ment it is some­thing we’re look­ing at,” Wil­liamson said of the makeup of the side. “It’s more the bal­ance of the pace bowlers that we’re try­ing to get right.”

New Zealand won the last match be­tween the two sides, at Seddon Park in the pool phase at last year’s World Cup. Prior to that nar­row three-wicket vic­tory, how­ever, they had lost their pre­vi­ous seven com­pleted fix­tures against Mashrafe Mor­taza’s side, al­beit all of those games were in Bangladesh.

“At home they’re ex­tremely tough to beat,” said Wil­liamson, who was mind­ful Bangladesh in Oc­to­ber had recorded their first test vic­tory over Eng­land.

“They’ve turned over nearly ev­ery­one in their home con­di­tions and are get­ting more ex­pe­ri­enced around the world. “They have been get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter ev­ery year. We will need to play our best cricket.” — Reuters

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