Fleming hopes to hold sway from ball one

Published: Thursday, October 14, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Dhaka:New Zealand cricket captain Stephen Fleming today said his team would have to get used to the conditions as early as possible if they have to emerge victorious in the upcoming Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel Test and One-day series against the Bangladesh Tigers.

"We've to adjust to the conditions and that's a greatest challenge. If you tour countries like India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka or Bangladesh you got to adjust quickly before it's too late. Having said that we've only one warm-up match and so the challenge is that much greater," he said.

The Kiwi skipper said his team would love to extend the recent poor run of the hosts.

"We know that Bangladesh haven't done well in tests. We know that they are keyed up to pocket their first test win under their belt sooner than later."

"We give off our best not to let them do that and try and win the series in a facile manner. But we won't like to be complacent or over-confident," he opined.

The graceful top-order batsman said that the visitors would like to hold sway from the onset.

"We would like to be confident with what we do. You can be a bit tentative when you play against a side you are expected to win against well. But we will try to assert our dominance from ball one," Fleming said with a touch of confidence.

Stating that Bangladesh as an emerging side would take some time before they can be a force in world cricket, he said the hosts have a good coach at their disposal and should deliver soon.

"We all appreciate the development stage Bangladesh are going through. There are signs of improvement. You have got a very good coach in Dav Whatmore and starting to develop a core of players and I reckon it's going to take time," he observed.

"I know there are certain quarters in the world that are growing bit impatient with the way Bangladesh are playing. But for the sake of the global game, it is important that they are patient and allow Bangladesh time to evolve over a period of time," he added.

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