Vettori banks on spin
New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori will bank on spin to beat Bangladesh in Chittagong on Friday.
By Elliot Ball
Last Updated: 16/10/08 12:20pm
New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori will bank on spin to beat Bangladesh in the two-Test series starting in Chittagong on Friday.
The Black Caps have added off-spinner Jeetan Patel to the starting line-up alongside left-arm spinner Vettori while uncapped batsman Jesse Ryder was also included.
And Vettori is confident that spin is the best policy judging by the Chittagong pitch.
"Our spin options are well covered up and if we play on the same pitch where we played the third ODI, it will be slow. But we will wait and see. It may dust up a bit and crumble at the later stage," Vettori said on Thursday.
Vettori, who took 12 wickets when New Zealand last played a Test in Bangladesh in 2004, is not fazed by his side's lack of Test matches on the subcontinent.
"We have played a lot of ODIs, but not a test in subcontinent in four years. But that is not a concern," Vettori said.
"If we can play to 50 per cent of our ability we should not have a problem in winning this test series."
New Zealand came from behind to win the one-day series 2-1, thanks to 79-run victory in the deciding tie and go into the match against a Bangladesh side which possesses one of cricket's poorest Test records.
Bangladesh, who have won just one of their 53 Tests, also named spinners Abdur Razzak and Shakib Al Hasan besides rookie spinning all-rounders Mehrab Hossain and Naeem Islam.
Mehrab has just played one Test and Naeem will make his debut, but Bangladesh skipper Mohammad Ashraful believes they can do the damage.
"We expect the ball to come slowly onto the bat on this wicket. If it happens our spinners can do a trick for us," he said.
New Zealand: D Vettori (c), D Flynn, J How, B McCullum, K Mills, I O'Brien, J Oram, J Patel, A Redmond, J Ryder, R Taylor.
Bangladesh: M Ashraful (c), M Mortaza, T Iqbal, S A Hasan, Z Siddique, R Saleh, M Hossain, N Islam, M Rahim, A Razzak,