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Black Caps find value in Cardiff defeat

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/06/2017
Martin Guptill. © Gary Day/in Motion/REX/Shutterstock/Rex Images Martin Guptill.

New Zealand hope the experience gained from their loss at a tricky Cardiff venue will prove invaluable in the must-win Champions Trophy match against Bangladesh.

The Black Caps failed to adapt to slow conditions at Sophia Gardens in their 87-run loss to England on Tuesday.

They are left needing to beat Bangladesh at the same ground on Friday to have any hope of advancing to the semi-finals.

If victorious, the second part of New Zealand's equation requires Australia - who have been involved in two washouts - to lose to group leaders England in Birmingham a day later.

The slow pitch conditions in Cardiff might be similar to what Bangladesh are used to at home but it doesn't take spin, leaving Hesson pleased his team have experienced a game there.

"We certainly learned a lot about the surface and obviously the conditions we're likely to face on Friday," he said.

"It's probably sub-continental in terms of the pace.

"Coming out and trying to hit from ball one became very difficult. We talked about how we might do it slightly different next time."

New Zealand lost their last eight wickets for 65 runs, having been well placed in their pursuit of 311 against England thanks to solid knocks from Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor in support of skipper Kane Williamson's 87.

Hesson described the Black Caps bowling display as "steady" but says they need to find ways to take early wickets.

He was encouraged by Corey Anderson's 3-55 off nine overs, the allrounder's longest spell for his country since returning from a back injury.

"He was excellent. He bowled a heavy ball and he can still get better."

New Zealand have won 21 of 30 one-day internationals against Bangladesh but an under-strength side lost the most recent encounter, by five wickets in the final match of a tri-series in Dublin two weeks ago.

Hesson wouldn't say if he'd select Tom Latham, Colin de Grandhomme, Jeetan Patel or Mitchell McClenaghan for what would be their first start of the tournament.

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