Wednesday, October 15, 2008

New Zealand in Bangladesh 2008

1st Test

Daniel Vettori, the New Zealand captain, has said he is ready for the challenge of leading the bowling attack on the spin-friendly Chittagong track when his side takes on Bangladesh in the first Test starting Friday. On New Zealand's 2004-05 tour of Bangladesh, Vettori picked up 20 wickets in two Tests, including 12 at Chittagong's MA Aziz Stadium. However, this tour's first Test will be played at the Divisional Stadium, which took over hosting duties from 2006. "That was a different ground, but we know spinners would bowl more overs in such conditions, so Jeetan [Patel] and I will be ready," Vettori said. New Zealand have had a chance to get familiar with the pitch at the Divisional Stadium when they clinched the one-day series 2-1 with a 79-run win in third match.
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