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Fringe Black Caps impress Hesson

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/05/2017

Mitchell Santner took a bag of wickets in the first ODI against Ireland. © Brian Lawless/PA Wire/PA Images/Press Association Mitchell Santner took a bag of wickets in the first ODI against Ireland. Black Caps coach Mike Hesson has lauded his understrength ODI side's performance with the bat and ball against Ireland - and demanded more of the same in Wednesday's clash with Bangladesh.

Left-arm tweaker Mitch Santner secured career-best ODI figures on Sunday as New Zealand kicked their tri-series off with a 51-run victory.

Helped by Santner's 5-50, the Black Caps rolled through the Irish tail to dismiss the hosts for 238 after scoring 289-7 in their spell at the crease.

In what was their first appearance in any format since late March, New Zealand - missing most of their top players to the Indian Premier League - looked assured with both bat and ball.

Debutant seamers Scott Kuggeleijn and Seth Rance were also among the wickets with a combined four scalps.

Veteran Neil Broom, meanwhile, picked up a handy 79 with the bat, preceded by Ross Taylor's 52 and George Worker's patient 50.

Hesson was impressed by his side's composure in unfamiliar conditions and by the leadership of stand-in skipper Tom Latham.

"Nice to be put under pressure - and nice to see these guys respond the way they did, certainly there's some fresh faces (here)," Hesson said.

"You come away on these tours and there's certainly no expectation in the group of it being easy over here."

The Black Caps completed a clean sweep over Bangladesh in their three-match ODI series on home soil in December, before doing the same in their three T20 internationals and two Test matches.

Hesson nevertheless predicted a genuine battle in Dublin on Wednesday, and said he'd pick his best possible side.

The team had enjoyed a day off on Monday before undergoing light training on Tuesday, with players slowly trickling in from IPL duty.

"We'll bring guys in, give them a little time to acclimatise and assess conditions, because they're still ODIs," Hesson said.

"It's a challenge for us, because we have guys coming back at different times."

The full-strength side will arrive in time for next month's ICC Champions Trophy, held on English soil.

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