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NZ need to keep foot on throats: Hesson

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/01/2017

New Zealand cricket coach Mike Hesson is wary of how many appendages opponents Bangladesh might grow during the upcoming Test series but believes pressure will stop any aberrant mutations.

After blanking the tourists in both the one-day and Twenty20 three-match series, the hosts will also be hoping for a similar result in the two-Test rubber, which starts in Wellington on Thursday.

They will be heavy favourites to do so and a 2-0 series win will lift them above Pakistan to fifth on the ICC Test rankings table.

Hesson wants his side, with the advantage of quick pitches in Wellington and then Christchurch, to keep their foot on the Bangladeshi throats.

"They are a sort of side that if they get their tail up they sort of grow another leg and they can put you under a lot of pressure," Hesson said.

"They love appealing, they love putting pressure on the batting side if they are under the pump, if they are not and you are able to put them under pressure early these conditions will be challenging for them."

Bangladesh have never beaten New Zealand in 11 Test matches since 2001, but the early pattern of heavy defeats was replaced by two draws at home in Chittagong and Dhaka.

Hesson's side have also been boosted by the T20 series win, which confirmed their top spot in the ICC T20 rankings.

"It's a nice mantle to hold I guess but it's something that doesn't drive you so much."

Hesson was pleased with the series as a whole.

"Probably more so because we were under pressure at times during all three games, with both bat and ball. Different players stood up and that's critical for us.

"You do need guys that can turn a game on its head and you need that with both bat and ball. We are fortunate enough we've got some really talented players, sure they might be a little bit inexperienced but they've certainly got the ability on third day to change a game and that's what Twenty20's about."

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