Tim Southee, Trent Boult Won’t Play All Matches, Will Be Rested, Admits Mike Hesson
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has said his side’s front-line seamers Tim Southee and Trent Boult won’t be involved in all the limited-overs matches against Bangladesh and would rather be rested and rotated, in order to avoid fitness issues ahead of the Test series.
The series which is due to start on the Boxing Day at Christchurch, where first of the three ODIs will be played, the hosts are likely to go with either of Southee or Boult. Making the criteria of their selection clear, Hesson said Boult will miss the third ODI while Southee won’t play a single T20 game.
“Trent wont play the third ODI or the start of the T20s and Tim wont be involved in the T20s at all just to prepare them for the Test series. It’s always a balancing act with guys that play all three forms especially the bowlers. We’ll give them a chance to get their loads up so they’re ready to go for the Test match.”
The absence of these two players will surely open gates for someone like Lockie Ferguson, who on his debut made some Aussies fans with his raw pace. The dismissal of David Warner in the Sydney ODI did instill some fear into the hosts camp.
The 25-year-old didn’t have much success but showed enough promise throughout the series.
“It doesn’t get tougher than what Lockie experienced in Australia but without Adam Milne we need to build up our stocks in terms of quick bowlers. Lockie certainly has got pace. He’s also a quick learner. He’s gone back to domestic cricket [where] he’s been confident with his variations. He’s bowling a really good bouncer at the moment too. He’ll certainly challenge the Bangladeshis hopefully with pace and a bit of swing with the new ball as well.”
Hesson, after briefing the rotation policy, gave his word on the Bangladesh’s side, realizing what threat they possess in limited-over cricket. The 42-year-old also praised Mustafizur Rahman for his impact in world cricket and admitted the hosts should by wary of him.
“They’ve got a lot of really good performers and they’ve certainly performed a lot better away from home than four or five years ago. Mustafizur certainly set the IPL alight with his variations. He’s one of the best bowlers in the world so we’ve got to treat him with a fair amount of respect that’s for sure,” he concluded.
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