New Zealand kick off their tour of Bangladesh with the first Test start, starting on Wednesday.
New Zealand fast-bowling coach Shane Bond isn't worried about the slow and low tracks in Bangladesh and hopes his pacers can still make their presence felt in the upcoming Test series against the hosts.
Bangladesh, feels Bond, have always been susceptible to fast bowling, which is one of the reasons he attaches high hopes with his bowlers. "I think even though the wickets are low and slow, history suggests that quick bowlers have done well against Bangladesh," The Daily Star quoted Bond as saying at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Sunday.
The first Test begins on Wednesday, and Bond admits its is going to be hard work in hot conditions. "It's going to be hard work; it's going to be hot and humid and the wickets are going to be flat, but we are willing to bowl short deliveries and pitch the ball up," the coach said.
Bond reserved a special world for left-armer Trent Boult, who, he thinks, is going to be the team's go-to man. "He is going to be dangerous over here. He had success in Sri Lanka swinging the ball, caused their very good batting order a lot of problems. If he swings the ball and bowls full length, like he can, I am sure he can take wickets," said Bond.
Boult has enjoyed a fruitful year so far, during which he recorded his best Test figures of 6 for 68 against England. That came at the back of his rich haul of seven wickets against Sri Lanka in November last year, which holds him in good stead for a successful series in Bangladesh.