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Miraz
December 24, 2007, 04:19 AM
Bangladesh in New Zealand: Preview - New Zealand
Andrew Mclean
Andrew McLean, a presenter of The Cricket Club- New Zealand's only national radio cricket show, writes his views on Bangladesh's tour of New Zealand for BanglaCricket
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It was just over three years ago when New Zealand clinched a 2-0 result in its first-ever Test tour of Bangladesh, with a second crushing victory in what was the last Test played at M.A Aziz Stadium, Chittagong. Remarkably, despite the average age of the Tigers back then in October 2004 being just 22, only three players remain from that match for the ODI series: Javed Omar, Aftab Ahmed (who debuted as an 18-year old in that series) and Mohammad Ashraful.
Primarily through retirement, New Zealand’s survivors are only marginally better. Both opener Mark Richardson and middle-order batsman Nathan Astle have called time on their careers, while Hamish Marshall and Paul Wiseman now base themselves in England. James Franklin, who took just the second hat-trick of New Zealand Test history at Dhaka, is currently sidelined with injury, while Mathew Sinclair is a non-regular Black Cap these days.


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Rabz
December 24, 2007, 04:45 AM
I say, Bring It On.

Its time to hunt.

taklima_naj
December 24, 2007, 05:02 AM
I will just say, gorjey utho tigers, its time to shine.

Miraz
December 24, 2007, 07:41 AM
An interesting news/preview from AFP

New Zealand on final warning against Bangladesh

7 hours ago
AUCKLAND (AFP) — New Zealand's cricketers have been told to shape up or face the axe in the one-day series against Bangladesh which starts on Wednesday as they look to recover from a torrid past nine weeks.
New Zealand have never lost a one-day international to Bangladesh in eight encounters.
But such has been their wretched form in New Zealand's recent back-to-back tours to South Africa and Australia that they cannot look towards this three-match series against the reputed easybeats with confidence.
With the batsmen out of sorts and the bowlers unable to find a line, captain Daniel Vettori has called for a complete form turnaround against Bangladesh before England arrive early next year.
"The pressure's on us to win now," said Vettori, reflecting on the 1-2 ODI loss and 0-2 Test drubbing in South Africa followed by the 0-2 defeat in Australia.
"We have to win comfortably leading into a tough England series. There's not more pressure than playing Australia but there's a lot of pressure on guys to actually step up and perform."
Former New Zealand great and now national selector Sir Richard Hadlee told a Sunday newspaper there was a clear need for all-round improvement.
"Clearly, we've been disappointed by a number of the performances in the one-dayers and a number of those guys are a part of the Test set-up, so we need to see some improvement in both the batting and bowling," Hadlee said.
"They've got a couple of games to really impress."
But when given a chance to impress when playing under the guise of a New Zealand XI against Bangladesh in a Twenty20 match on Sunday, the Kiwis again capitulated.
With their confidence gone, the batsmen struggled to 133 for seven which Bangladesh easily overhauled with three overs and four wickets in hand.
Discarded international James Marshall top-scored with an unbeaten 33, while the best of the incumbent internationals was Scott Styris who made 29.
All of the New Zealand wickets fell to bowlers, with Bangladesh paceman Shahadat Hossain taking an impressive three for 15 off four overs.
In contrast, when Bangladesh launched their energetic run chase three of their dismissals were run outs.


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Miraz
December 24, 2007, 04:19 PM
Former New Zealand captain unimpressed by coach's antics
Vettori has to prove himself as captain: Crowe
Cricinfo staff
December 24, 2007
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Martin Crowe, the former New Zealand captain, has launched a stinging attack on the current leadership of New Zealand cricket. Unimpressed by Daniel Vettori's captaincy Crowe, arguably his country's greatest batsman ever, says it's high time the left-arm spinner showed why he was selected to lead in place of Stephen Fleming.
"Daniel Vettori, Jacob Oram, Brendon McCullum and Scott Styris have all got to put their big money where their busy mouths are - Vettori in particular,'' Crowe told stuff.co.nz. "He [Vettori] has to get up to speed ASAP and remind us every day why the selectors felt he's a better option than Fleming.





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