Ranked two on the ICC Test team rankings, New Zealand will clash with ninth placed Bangladesh in a three-Test match series, beginning February 28.
Bangladesh have never won a Test match in the backyard of New Zealand, while Williamson-led side will be chasing their fifth Test series win in a row.
With the recent results in Test series around the world, Williamson’s caution was due to come. Sri Lanka scripted history with a series sweep in South Africa, while West Indies upset England.
“There have been some upsets for some very strong teams. They are all very, very talented. We saw Sri Lanka over in South Africa, which was a fantastic effort. It is hard to beat a side like South Africa anywhere – let alone in their backyard. [It shows] anybody can beat anybody,” ICC quoted Kiwi captain, as saying.
“I guess if you can sit down at the end of the season and look back, then it [rising in the rankings] might be something you look back fondly on. But there is a lot of tough cricket between now and the end of the season,” Williamson added.
New Zealand and Bangladesh will start their three-Test encounter in Hamilton on February 28.
New Zealand vs Bangladesh, 1st Test, Day 1 Thu, 28 Feb, 2019 Live Cricket Socre
Live Cricket Score: New Zealand vs Bangladesh, 1st Test, Day 1, Hamilton
Thu, 28 Feb, 2019, 12:32 PM
Tamim Iqbal’s ton dominated the first half of Day 1 but it’s been New Zealand day after that. Neil Wagner led a fine comeback for the hosts by picking up a five-wicket haul to bowl the visitors out for 234. Jeet Raval and Tom Latham ensured a commanding finish for the hosts with their unbeaten 86-run stand reducing the deficit to 148 runs at Stumps. Can Bangladesh fightback on Day 2? Join us tomorrow to find out.