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“Hopefully the conditions aren’t too brutal on them and they are able to perform”
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has revealed that the Black Caps will adopt a rotation policy for their bowlers during the upcoming ODI series against Bangladesh in order for them to be “given opportunities in this series at some point”.
However, while New Zealand may have many pace bowlers in their arsenal, McCullum admitted that many of them will struggle to adapt to the conditions as a majority of them have little or no experience playing in the subcontinent.
“Most of the bowlers will be given opportunities in this series at some point,” he said. “We have got a lot of stock in this series which is good.
“We have got experienced campaigners like Kyle Mills and Tim Southee. We have got some relative youngsters such as Adam Milne, Corey Anderson and James Neesham [in the side]. They are going to get some exposure in the next couple of games as well. That’s exciting for us and hopefully the conditions aren’t too brutal on them and they are able to perform.”
Despite having an outstanding year so far, New Zealand pace bowler Mitchell McClenaghan, who has taken 38 wickets at an incredible average of 18.02, is highly unlikely to play all three ODIs due to his lack of experience in the subcontinent.
“I don’t imagine he will play every game just with the nature of how quick the two games are together at the start,” McCullum said. “This is his first trip to the subcontinent but he is an incredibly exciting talent for us. Since he has come in to international cricket, we have been able to change the way we attack with the ball.”
McCullum also revealed that Hamish Rutherford and uncapped Northern Districts batsman Anton Devcich will open the batting for New Zealand.
“Hamish Rutherford and Anton Devcich should open the batting for us,” McCullum said. “They are both strong stroke-makers and like to play their shots. They should be able to play their shots given the balance of our middle order, with Williamson, Taylor and Elliot coming in behind so hopefully they are allowed to play with that freedom.”
McCullum added that New Zealand’s ODI form over the past year, in which they beat South Africa and England, is a very encouraging sign.
“I think the one-day team is pretty set in how we play,” he said. “We have had more success off late and probably feel a lot more confident in the one-day format at this point of time.”
However, McCullum conceded that his side “haven’t forgotten” about the 4-0 thrashing their received in their last ODI series against Bangladesh in 2010.
“This is not revenge,” he said. “But we haven’t forgotten.”