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Southee: Another slow Nelson wicket

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/12/2016
Tim Southee. © Getty Images Tim Southee.

New Zealand is preparing for another slow wicket in Nelson with the bonus of skipper Kane Williamson's offspinners showing rare potency.

Saturday's match is a dead rubber with the hosts holding a 2-0 lead but paceman Tim Southee is hoping they can make it a clean sweep.

It was tough to tour Bangladesh and they wanted to repay the favour when teams came here, he told reporters on Friday.

With two matches being played on the Nelson wicket there was always going to be a little bit in it for the morning of the first match, which New Zealand won by 67 runs.

"It took an exceptional knock from Broomy (Neil Broom) to get us to a position where we could defend it.

"But as we saw as the game went on the wicket got better. It's probably the nature of the wicket here is it tends to be quite slow so we are preparing for that tomorrow."

Thursday's win was notable for Williamson's figures of 3-22 from five overs.

Williamson doesn't often bowl in ODIs and it was the first time he had taken more than two wickets since his career best 4-22 against South Africa in 2013.

He was used as the fifth change and his haul of three middle order batsmen helped change the course of the match.

It was a chance event, Southee hinted.

"I think initially it was to try sneak through a couple of overs with two left-handers on. I think he surprised himself in the way he bowled, and it was nice to see him back bowling and taking wickets."

New Zealand have also brought in another offspinner in Jeetan Patel for the Saxton Over match and coach Mike Hesson has said the slow nature of the pitch played a part in the decision.

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