After a challenging start to their Test Championship journey with a 150-run loss to Bangladesh in Sylhet, New Zealand captain Tim Southee addresses the team’s need for consistency in both bowling and batting. Anticipating a spin-friendly pitch in Dhaka, Southee emphasizes the importance of sustained partnerships and expects a different surface for the upcoming Test match.
Reflecting on the younger players adapting to Asian conditions, Southee encourages them to trust their methods and extend their performance durations. He acknowledges the diverse approaches within the team, emphasizing the significance of trusting individual methods, drawing parallels between the styles of players like Kane Williamson, Daryl Mitchell, and Glenn Phillips.
Addressing Tom Latham’s recent lean run, Southee expresses confidence in the veteran player’s abilities, highlighting Latham’s past success against Bangladesh and his preparedness for the upcoming match.
With spin options like Mitchell Santner and Rachin Ravindra in the lineup, Southee hints at potential changes, stating that all fifteen players are fit and available for selection. The captain emphasizes the need for the bowling group to perform better and create pressure, acknowledging the pivotal role spin will play in the conditions of Dhaka.