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Cricket news - Rhodes rues short bowling from both ends, explains Mustafizur's non-selection
Bangladesh would have been better off going for the short-ball ploy from one end rather than from both the ends, their head coach Steve Rhodes admitted after the second day's play which saw the visitors concede runs all around the park in the face of a record 254-run opening stand between Jeet Raval and Tom Latham.
Furthering his argument, Rhodes said that bowling short takes a lot out of the fast bowlers, and is a plan that's susceptible to poor economy rates.
''It was extremely difficult we didn't start the day well as we would have wanted with the ball," Rhodes said. "We probably got little bit too leg-stumpish and then we changed plan and try to bowl on leg side.
"Then we got another plan probably very too early which was to go short. It could have worked but it didn't and you must understand that sort of plans takes a lot out of the bowlers. We might have been better off doing that from one end rather than both ends because the bowlers looked pretty cooked going into the afternoon and then evening session,'' he added.
One of the major talking points on the day was Mustafizur Rahman's absence from the playing eleven. Abu Jayed and Khaled Ahmed had a total of four Tests between them coming into this match and Ebadat Hossain was on debut. And the inexperience showed.
"It is a real struggle for him to bowl in back-to-back Test matches," Rhodes explained. "To get the best out of him mentally and keeping him fresh, is to spell the Tests that he plays. I think you can gather from that that he will come back into the fold in the next Test.
"One of the reasons we wanted him to play in Wellington is because there's going to be a blowing gale there. He is our best bowler into the wind. There's a lot of work for the Fizz in Wellington, which is why we wanted him to be fresh. Everything is horses for courses."
Raval's maiden Test ton and Latham's fourth 150-plus score set the platform for New Zealand in a dominating display with the bat, and Kane Williamson chipped in with an unbeaten 93 to add to Bangladesh's miseries.
As many as 365 runs were scored in the day, with the first session yielding 111 runs, second session yielding 129 runs and third yielding 125, stretching the first-innings lead to a monumental 217.
"I think today we should not take anything away from New Zealand batsmen. Both opening batsmen played extremely well both yesterday and today,'' Rhodes said. ''They set things up yesterday and some of the balance was fantastic when the ball was on middle and leg. They left the ball and they built a really good foundation and they added to that today."
On a dispiriting day, Rhodes acknowledged the potential of his young pace attack but admitted that they lacked the discipline to keep the New Zealand batsmen in check, bowling one or two loose deliveries almost every over.
''Ebadat showed great enthusiasm and good pace. He is really bright and look to be a good prospect and he will get better with a little bit of experience. You got to hit the line and length for long enough because for international cricket you don't get away with four balls and so certainly you have got to better with your areas and hit that wicket nice and hard,'' Rhodes said.
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