Kiwis want Bangladesh whitewash to prepare for Oz challenge

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Wellington, Feb 2 (ANI): New Zealand is looking to whitewash Bangladesh in all forms of cricket during their tour and also to use the series to prepare for Australia, who will be here next month.

Bangladesh is in New Zealand to play one Twenty20 match, three one-day internationals and one test.

New Zealand fast bowler Daryl Tuffey said playing well and winning every match against Bangladesh would set the Black Caps up for the Australians who will tour next month.

"We do want to whitewash them in all forms of the games especially moving forward against Australia next month," Tuffey told RadioLive.

However, Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons said his side is a lot further developed than the one that last toured New Zealand in 2007-08, New Zealdns Herald reports.

"We are still a young side but they are starting to show real signs we are improving. In the one-dayers against India, 250 was our last score and 296 was our best score - these are great scores in our conditions over there.

"In the test against India, we had three different guys make 100s and five bowlers taking five-fors (five wickets or more in an innings). We also saw (skipper and left arm spinner) Shakib (Al Hasan) continuing his form with another five-for so that's really great signs for us," he said.

Siddons, who had his contract extended to the 2011 World Cup after Bangladesh won their first test series overseas in the West Indies last year, confirmed that key bowler Mashrafe Mortaza would not make the trip to New Zealand. (ANI)

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