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Glenn Pocknall: New Zealand ‘are going to fight fire with fire’


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Stand-in coach prepared to bombard Bangladesh with spin

Glenn Pocknall is used to winning T20s. His side, the Wellington Firebirds, has won the Super Smash the last two seasons. But in his first two games as New Zealand coach, he oversaw two contrasting defeats. Then, in the third T20I, a second-string New Zealand stunned a full-strength Bangladesh in tricky conditions in Dhaka. And Pocknall couldn’t be happier.

“Oh! It’s amazing,” he said. “It was a pretty special feeling just because the guys have been working so hard and having such good conversations around the way we want to play the game. So to execute all the things that we’ve spoken about was so pleasing, and [I am] so proud of the guys to do what they did the other night because it [Bangladesh] is a challenging place to play. These guys have shown that if you put everything together, then anything is possible. That’s exciting, moving forward.”

A lot has been made of the conditions favouring the home team at the Shere Bangla National stadium, but the top-three wicket-takers in the series so far have been the spinners from the opposition camp. Ajaz Patel leads the way with six strikes, while Cole McConchie and Rachin Ravindra have five each.

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