Bangladesh are set to secure a major series victory against New Zealand and their dogged hosts are determined to say goodbye to Ross Taylor in their second and final cricket match starting in Christchurch on Sunday.
Bangladesh ranks ninth One of the biggest upsets in Cricket Test When it beat world champions New Zealand by eight wickets in the series opener at Mount Maunganui. The draw was enough to make Mominul Haque’s side the first Bangladeshi team to win a Test series in New Zealand, and coach Russell Domingo knows what that could mean for the team.
“They will try to do something other Bangladesh has not done before, which is to win the series in New Zealand,” South Africa told reporters on Saturday.
“They are very motivated to try to achieve something really special that can inspire another generation of Bangladeshi cricketers.”
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Bangladesh have been competitive in over-50 cricket but struggled to succeed in long distance games, usually due to a lack of quality fast bowlers. Domingo said New Zealand’s series win may solve that problem.
“An important result here will do wonders for Bangladesh’s cricket test matches, it will do wonders for Bangladesh’s fast bowlers,” he said.
“If some of our fast bowlers can make another fantastic display, we can develop a new generation of fast bowlers in Test cricket.”
Bangladesh will be without opener Mahmudul Hasan, who was ruled out with a finger injury. New Zealand stalwart Taylor will be out of the format after the 112th Test, with captain Tom Latham saying his team will do everything in their power to bid the batsman farewell to victory.
“He’s been a good servant of New Zealand cricket and for us, we’d obviously be happy to end his Test career…” Latham, who was leading without the injured Kane Williamson, told reporter.
“It would have been weird without him to start slipping or having him around the team. I am sure he will find the right way to play this week and try to play our brand of cricket and then hopefully we can celebrate a A nice Test win and a great career.”