Bangladesh v New Zealand: Ross Taylor warns tourists of complacency ahead of Test series
New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor accepts his side cannot take Bangladesh lightly in their upcoming series.
Last Updated: 08/10/13 11:49am
The teams meet in two Tests - the first starting on Wednesday in Chittagong - three one-day internationals and a Twenty20 clash over the next four weeks.
The Black Caps won 1-0 in their last Test series in Bangladesh in 2008, but only after chasing down 317 in Chittagong with the help of Daniel Vettori's second half-century of the match.
They also lost a one-day series in 2010 4-0, a result Taylor joked he had "forgotten all about" when questioned on it.
He said at a press conference: "There are some good individuals in the Bangladesh side that we need to be aware of. Obviously Tamim (Iqbal) and Shakib (Al Hasan) are world-class players.
"There's Abdur Razzak who has had a lot of success against us in the past. We have seen a lot of (Sohag) Gazi through footage. Mahmudullah has played very well against us as well, scored a hundred in Hamilton (in 2010).
"We need to be at the top of our game to not only compete but to put pressure on them as well."
Taylor backed his side's spinners, Bruce Martin and the uncapped Ish Sodhi, to thrive in traditionally helpful sub-continental conditions.
"Bangladesh wouldn't have seen a lot of them as well so that's a plus," he said.
"Bruce Martin has been successful in domestic cricket, I am sure he will look to cement a spot in the Test arena and what better place than to do it than Bangladesh?
"Ish is yet to make his Test debut as well, and if he does I am sure he will relish it. Any leg-spinner is going to be dangerous."
Bangladesh spinner Gazi, who was memorably hit for six by West Indies opener Chris Gayle from his first ball in Test cricket, is calm about the challenge facing him this time around.
The likes of Taylor and Brendan McCullum are noted big hitters but Gazi told Bangladesh's Daily Star: "I never really take any pressure for anything. I just try to do my best.
"Everyone in the side has been really supportive of me because I did not play a Test here (Chittagong) before. I have discussed things with Shakib and Razzak. They have asked me to bowl in the right areas and the rest will be okay."
New Zealand's only warm-up game for the series, a scheduled three-day match against a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI, was abandoned on day two as conditions were so wet.