Play long innings, Bracewell to batsmen

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Christchurch, Sep 30 (UNI) Ccoach John Bracewell today said the New Zealand batsmen should learn to occupy the crease and play long innings in the upcoming tour of Bangladesh.

New Zealand today left for Bangladesh for a two-Test series starting October 17.

''It's about learning from what we failed to do in Bangladesh last time,'' Bracewell said.

''It's about readjusting our thinking in the test matches, in particular. You can get caught up in trying to finish the test matches in three days and playing at an accelerated pace.

''I've told them there's nothing to do on the other two days, so we might as well be playing cricket,'' he added.

On their last tour of Bangladesh, New Zealand won both Test matches comfortably by an innings and more, and within three days.

Bracewell emphasised that batsmen should try to to bat for at least five sessions.

''Let's try and bat for five sessions -- that one of our KPIs (key performance indicators) in the first innings. Batting for two days should be realistic,'' he quipped.

Having won all six of their previous encounter in Test matches, the visiting team will start as clear favorites in the two-Test series.

The first Test scheduled to be held at Mirpur on October 17 while the second will take place at Chittagong from October 25-29.


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