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Santner aims to exploit home advantage against Tigers


All-rounder Mitchell Santner, who impressed one and all with his spin bowling skill earlier this year during the ICC World T20 2016 in India, is placing his aim to stick to a simple bowling plan against Bangladesh in the upcoming three-match ODI series.

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Mitchell Santner, who had experience of playing against the Tigers only once before during the ICC World T20, said he is ready to brace the challenge of playing against Bangladesh when the three-match series gets under way in Christchurch on December 26.

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The fact of the matter is the 24-year-old is the only recognised spinner in the Black Caps squad and he knows it quite well that he is not likely to be provided with a huge amount of assistance by the green pitches of New Zealand.

“I’m assuming the wickets aren’t going to spin too much here so we have to bowl that hard length and chip them out that way” said Santner with a view to keeping and playing it as simple as possible.

“If it’s a seamer-friendly wicket, I might be just there to get out my 10 overs and bowl accurately, but if there is a little bit more turn, I could be a more attacking option,” said Santner before further adding, “I’’m going to keep it pretty simple and not try too much, just bowl good balls with the odd variation,” he said.

The youngster, who has so far made 22 ODI appearances for the Kiwis, said he is aware of what the Bangladeshi batsmen are capable of now a days, and thus his main target will be to bowl good areas. “They have the ability to score a lot of runs, so it’s just about tying them down and bowling good areas.”

Santner also knows it well that his team will get some good home advantage against the Tigers and that they will have to exploit the most of it in order to win the series. “It’s a little bit different to what they usually face in terms of the surfaces in Bangladesh. It’s about exploiting that and just sticking to the basics for longer.”

– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com

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