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Cricket news - Boult anticipates a belter at Basin Reserve

"You've just got to [have a positive mindset]. We've played enough cricket here to understand what the wicket is like" - Boult

Trent Boult, New Zealand's swing bowler, expects the 22 yards to be batsman-friendly for the second Test against Bangladesh, beginning on March 8 (Friday) in Wellington.

The hosts are coming from a crushing innings victory from Hamilton and they have a pretty good record with the bat at Basin Reserve, having scored in excess of 500 runs in five of their last seven Tests.

However, the concern is the pitch at Basin Reserve tends to really flatten out, making life really hard for the bowlers. In the latest Test at the venue, Sri Lanka, from 20/3, batted out the entire fourth day of the game without losing a wicket, thanks to defying hundreds from Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis.

"I'm expecting similar conditions (to the Sri Lanka Test). Hopefully we don't experience a day four where it was chanceless and wicketless. If so, we need to find a way to take wickets and we feel we have the ability in the group to do it," Boult said.

"You've just got to [have a positive mindset]. We've played enough cricket here to understand what the wicket is like. There have been a lot of batting records here for a reason, it's a very solid wicket and it only gets better. I'm sure they'll leave a touch of green for the seamers to enjoy but we just need to focus on what we do well as a bowling unit," he added.

New Zealand have found an able warrior in Neil Wagner to employ the short ball theory should the pitch flatten out and a wary Boult believes his side has the armoury to dislodge Bangladesh.

"One thing Bangladesh can expect plenty more of is short bowling, led by Neil Wagner. I'm pretty sure they'll be expecting it. In my opinion it's a tactic which works well when there's nothing in the wicket, there's no swing, and you're not left with many other options. We have Wags who is an expert at being able to execute that plan but it's been pretty effective for us, so expect it will be more of the same," he said.

Bangladesh were actually off to a good start on Day 1 at Seddon Park before collapsing to 234. In the second innings, too, New Zealand failed to pick up a wicket with the new ball and the visitors piled on a sizeable 429, albeit in a losing cause. Boult said the side is keen to improve their showing with the brand new Kookaburra ball.

"There are few areas we need to work on from how we turned up in Hamilton. We'd like to start a lot better, put more pressure on their top order and take a lot more early wickets," he said.

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