Bangladesh couldn't hit the heights of first Test: Gibson

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09 Jan 2022 | 11:20 AM staff

Bangladesh couldn't hit the heights of first Test: Gibson

Bangladesh bowling coach Ottis Gibson felt that the bowlers didn't bowl enough wicket-taking deliveries to the New Zealand batters

Bangladesh bowling coach Ottis Gibson felt that the Bangladesh bowlers were unable to replicate their performance from the historic first Test win in the second Test at Hagley Oval. On day one, New Zealand dominated the visiting bowlers as they finished 349/1 at stumps.

"I think they have played really well. We couldn't hit the heights of last week. I thought Latham played really well. He left a lot of good balls early this morning. He made us bowl to him. Unfortunately, we didn't bowl enough good balls to create the sort of pressure we created last week. Conway is in unbelievable form," Gibson said at the end of day's play.

Tom Latham is not out on 186 while Devon Conway is just one run away from his century. Gibson felt that the green top at Christchurch didn't offer much seam movement.

"The pitch didn't do as much as we expected. But we didn't bowl as well as we could have done either. When we bowled full, there wasn't a lot of seam movement. We have to learn from today. We bowled too many four-balls and too many balls wide outside the off-stump. When we missed our lengths, we got cut or got too full to be driven,"

Gibson felt that a strong reaction from the Black Caps was expected as the first Test defeat halted their undefeated streak 17 home Tests.

"Today, we saw the highs and lows of international sport. Last week, we were on a high. We are perhaps still feeling the effects of last week's emotional and physical investment. We didn't hit our straps. New Zealand would have been hurting from last week. They showed why they are one of the best teams in the world. They applied themselves. They left a lot better. They showed us why they are holding the mace at the moment."

New Zealand batting coach Luke Ronchi was pleased with the performance on the first day, a far cry from their unconvincing batting efforts in the first Test.

"A massive part of it was to do the basics well and right for a long period of time. We did it quite well at Mount Maunganui, but we let ourselves down in periods that brought Bangladesh back into the game. We did it for the whole day today. The guys were amazing.

Ronchi said that the Kiwi batters did the basics right which helped them put on a big total in the first innings.

''We know from the last few seasons that we can put some good totals on the board batting on green surfaces. We had to do our basics well... leaving the ball well. When the ball is there (to be hit), we had to score off them as well. It puts pressure on the opposition bowling to change their plans and try different things."

Ronchi hailed skipper Latham's temperament, who managed score of 1 and 14 in the first Test, for his strong comeback on Sunday.

"Leading into the series, his (Latham) mindset has been amazing. We had some work between Tests. What we saw today was amazing. You will get a bit of luck on green surfaces but also you have make the most of it. Some of his drives... the sound it made off the bat was awesome.

"I have seen some amazing innings from him in all formats. He had the temperament and confidence through the work he put in between Tests. His numbers as a New Zealand opener are fantastic. He is a good leader in the group."

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