“We’re expecting spin-friendly conditions,” Southee intends to win second test at Dhaka

Tim Southee
Tim Southee (Image: NZC)

After suffering a defeat against Bangladesh, the test skipper Southee opened on the Kiwi’s performance and pointed out the weak spots in the batting and bowling departments.

Tim Southee intends to win second test

New Zealand is scheduled to play in a two-test series against Bangladesh where the latter won the first test by 150 runs difference at Sylhet.

With defeat in the Bangladesh vs New Zealand first Test,  Tim Southee gave a report on Blackcap’s performance pointing out the problems in batting and bowling. He also mentioned that another aid for spin will be added during the second test match in Dhaka.

Southee said that they expected the pitch to be favorable for spin bowlers. After the match, they needed more consistency in the bowling unit and to create partnerships in the batting unit.”First and foremost, obviously a different surface. Again, we’re expecting spin-friendly conditions,” remarked the New Zealand captain.

“After the last game, we spoke about being more consistent for longer as a bowling group. And then, obviously, partnerships as a batting unit. We’ve had a great couple of days of training. So looking forward to getting into another Test match.”

“We expected the pitch to be pretty much what it was. It was a pretty good surface, and what we sort of expected in this part of the world,” Southee admitted.

“Some of the guys that haven’t played in this part of the world would’ve learned from that. And all the guys have got different methods and different ways to go about it. It’s just about trusting that those ways are enough.”

“We saw, obviously, Kane, his brilliance, in the way that he goes about it compared to the likes of Daryl Mitchell and Glenn Phillips who go about it slightly differently. So, it’s just about trusting your way and doing it for longer.”

He praised Tom Latham’s incredible record against Bangladesh and backed the veteran Southpaw to come good.

“I think any player wants to go out and perform. And Tom has been a great performer for us for a long period,” said Southee.

“He’ll be as hungry as ever. Like every Test match, he’s prepared extremely well and given himself the best chance to go out and score runs.”

“It’s a side that he enjoys playing against and has had a lot of success, which I’m sure he’ll look back on and have great memories and great confidence from the record he’s got against Bangladesh.”

Adding Mitchell Santner and Rachin Ravindra to the bowling unit, New Zealand will have more options.

“All fifteen (players) have got a pretty good chance, they’re here, so yeah, they have a good chance of playing,” said Southee.

“It’s about the whole bowling group just being slightly better than what we were in the first Test match and creating some pressure. We know that spin is going to play a big part in this part of the world. So, I think we just got to be a bit better for longer,” he concluded.

New Zealand will be looking forward to a victory in the second test against Bangladesh on December 06 at Sher-e Bangla Stadium.