For Test cricket to survive, we need Bangladesh to be a thriving nation – Ross Taylor
New Zealand cricketer Ross Taylor said that their shocking loss to Bangladesh on Friday is good for World Test Cricket as it helped the nation to thrill in the format.
New Zealand right-hand batter Ross Taylor said that their shocking loss to Bangladesh on Friday is good for World Test Cricket as it helped the nation to thrill in the format.
Bangladesh upset the hosts in their maiden Test victory at Bay Oval against them on their soil or at anywhere on earth, sealing the victory by eight wickets to lead the series by 1-0.
“If you look at it from a neutral point of view, I think it was good for world cricket. I think for Bangladesh to come in, a proud nation with a lot of proud history, for the game of cricket and Test cricket, I don’t think this was a bad result. Obviously, we were disappointed that we didn’t put up a bit of a contest. We were outplayed the whole time but I think for Test cricket to survive, we need Bangladesh to be a thriving nation and I think they will get a lot of confidence from that,”Taylor said in a press conference.
Taylor added that they are looking for a strong comeback at Christchurch where they are well aware of the conditions and go in favor of them.
“We’re one-nil down, we know we have to play some aggressive cricket, but it’s also a ground that we know how we’re going to play and we have had a lot of success here.
“I think it’s going to bounce and carry the whole time and there’s going to be a lot of grass on it. The bowlers will be licking their lips and us batters need to apply ourselves better than we did at the Mount,”he said.
”I think these conditions will suit us a lot more than they did at the Mount. We know what to expect and that’s the positive about being at home and on a ground where we’ve played a lot of cricket on,”he added.
New Zealand has earned two losses and a draw in the latest cycle of World Test Championship points, they are desperate to win the remaining Test matches and save the two-Test series to defend their crown of World Test Champions.
Taylor adds that although he retiring from Test cricket the fact remains the same that he still can play some cricket in Test.
”I was fielding with Tim (Southee) and Tim asked me does it feel like your last game and it doesn’t I think. So hasn’t really dawned on me just yet but I am sure I suppose when you have got one-dayers to go I thought when my last game full stop then definitely might feel a little bit different,”said the most prolific run-scorer of New Zealand.
Taylor will equal the record of Daniel Vettori as New Zealand’s most-capped Test player with 112 games when he walks out in Christchurch to take on Bangladesh, starting January 9.