New Zealand skipper Tom Latham said on Wednesday that they are neither resting on their laurels nor weighed down by the expectations after becoming world champions.
The Kiwis’ eight-wicket defeat to Bangladesh in a Test at their own den raised quite a few eyebrows after the current ICC World Test Championship winners were dominated by the visitors throughout the five days.
“We are certainly not resting on (our laurels). We know we have to turn up and play our brand of cricket. Unfortunately, we didn’t quite do that,” Latham told reporters after the match.
“We know it’s a new two-year cycle. What we did last time was outstanding. It was a pretty special time. The focus has quickly shifted to the two-year cycle here. We started over in India.
“This is the first Test of our home summer. We have a chance in a few days to put another good performance on the board,” he said, adding that they were disappointed not to make their chances count against the visitors.
“It’s obviously a disappointing performance from day one, in the position we were at lunch time (66 for 1). From then on, we certainly weren’t at our best. Losing six (five) for 70 on day two didn’t allow us to get to the 400-450 mark,” he said.
“Bangladesh showed exactly how to operate in the first innings. They put us under pressure. We tried to build partnerships in our second innings but couldn’t push the advantage. They showed it with the ball today. They were confident. They bowled really well.