Blackcaps speedster Trent Boult has dismissed any talk that Bangladesh will be pushovers in the one-day international series that kicks off on Boxing Day.
The Tigers sit seventh in the ODI rankings, just three below New Zealand in fourth. And Boult said they were well aware of what the visitors are capable of, having whitewashed the Blackcaps in the last ODI series the two teams played in 2013.
“They’re a quality side at home and we’ve suffered some tough defeats over there to be honest,” Boult told Newshub.
“They’re going to bring a good game and they’re not going to be a team that we’ll be able to walk over.”
However Boult said that the Blackcaps may be able to exploit the Bangladeshi side’s inexperience in New Zealand conditions like they did in the recent Test series against Pakistan.
“It’s a big challenge for them to bring that game over here to conditions that probably don’t suit them as much.
“They’ve played in these conditions before but it’s probably a bit foreign to what they’re used to at home. It’s going to be a good challenge.”
The 27-year-old said the Blackcaps were keen to get stuck in against Bangladesh to exorcise some demons picked up in their horrid three nil series loss to Australia at the beginning of December.
“[The series is] an opportunity to redeem a pretty poor performance against a good Australian side.
[Australia] is very tough place to tour, we’ve quickly realised that. We’re back in conditions that we know very well and it’s a good opportunity to put in a performance that we’re proud of.”
Kane Williamson and Tom Latham are the only two players likely to line up on Monday at Hagley Oval from the losing side in 2013.