A disappointed New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has called on his side to step up and perform in the remaining two One-Day Internationals in Bangladesh.
Following defeats by nine runs and seven wickets, and an abandonment, the tourists trail 2-0 and Vettori is in no doubt that their performances have not been up to the level expected.
“We know the answer, we have just got to actually perform and that is what we haven’t done in this series so far," he told New Zealand Cricket's website (www.blackcaps.co.nz).
"We haven’t got continuous partnerships. The guys who have got to 30 and 40 haven’t kicked on to get the hundreds and that is simply the reason. In one day cricket you need to put big scores on the board through good partnerships and having wickets in hand at the end. We haven’t done that in both games.
“We have still got quality players there, Ross Taylor at four, Grant Elliott has had match winning performances before and myself. Obviously the likes of Scott Styris is handy to have in those situations. It’s all about getting the job done, its irrelevant who is there, the people have to step up and make sure they do it.”
It may be a surprise for some to see Bangladesh in an unassailable 2-0 series lead with two matches to play, but Vettori paid tribute to the way the home side had played and said that the New Zealand team was always expecting a difficult challenge.
“We always knew it was going to be a tough test coming over here and not having any practice matches before coming up against the Bangladesh team that is good in their own condition," he added.
"Most teams in their own conditions are going to be tough. Whilst we don’t want to be in the situation, we respect how good Bangladesh are.
“Every game you play you want to win, regardless of the opposition. When you play poorly and you lose, people have a right to be negative about the performance. We have got a couple of days to turn it around and that is the good thing about international cricket, you play so often you get an opportunity to rectify your mistakes and that is what we have in two days time.”
The fourth match is on 14th October.
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