Blackcaps are looking forward to another clean sweep over the Tigers in the test series which will be started in a few hours in Wellington but Kiwi skipper, Kane Williamson didn’t forget to work harder as Bangladesh can bounce back anytime.
In a pre-match conference, Williamson said, ”Certainly throughout the white ball format, Bangladesh put us under pressure in every game and we were able to come through that and get the victories.”
He added, ”We’re certainly expecting that again. They’re an experienced side, have played all round the world, we know will provide a stiff challenge so important we looking to hit our straps early tomorrow.”
Meanwhile talking about the team combination, Williamson emphasized on keeping the same formation intact as New Zealand wants to built the perfect team combination before the South Africa series.
“We haven’t confirmed it yet, but it’s hard to see too many changes from our last Test,” captain Kane Williamson said on the eve of the Test, adding that Boult was getting back to his best form.
The left-arm fast bowler missed the second Test against Pakistan because of a knee injury but showed he had regained his express pace with deliveries in excess of 145 kilometres per hour (90mph) in the final Twenty20 against Bangladesh in Mount Maunganui on Sunday.
“Trent in the last T20 might have hit 145, 146 (kph) which is really promising,” Williamson said with Wellington’s Basin Reserve offering a green wicket and blustery conditions.
“We know when he’s bowling fast and swinging it for a long time he’s one of the best bowlers in the world. We’ll be hoping for more of that going into a lot of Test matches in the next wee while.”
However the form-line on the pitch is it often doesn’t play as seamer-friendly as it may appear. ”It’s looks fairly similar (to past Basin pitches),” Williamson said.
He added, ”Hopefully there’s pace and bounce and obviously (it will) do a bit early. It’s got that green tinge which is normal here at the Basin. It looks good surface.”
With a schedule that demands frequent transition between formats, and with a one-day series against Australia to follow the two Bangladesh Tests, Williamson is keen for his bowlers to adjust quickly to Test conditions.
“The South African series is around the corner but we’ve got two tough Test matches before then. We want to see improvements again, so that’s certainly the focus going into the first Test match tomorrow — make those adjustments against a strong Bangladesh side.”