Cricket: New Zealand Warn No Let-up In Bouncer Barrage

Cricket: New Zealand warn no let-up in bouncer barrage

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, , (Pakistan Point News - APP - 19th Jan, 2017 ) - Bangladesh have been warned to expect a fresh barrage of short-pitched deliveries when the second Test against New Zealand starts in Christchurch on Friday. While there were regrets Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim was struck on the head and rushed to hospital during the first Test, New Zealand pace spearhead Trent Boult described the intimidating bouncer as a valuable part of their armoury.

"I'm sure there'll still be some short-pitched bowling," Boult said on the eve of the second Test as New Zealand look to wrap up a sweep in all formats against the injury-hit tourists. "People have to realise why people are bowling short in the first place and that's to upset the batsmen and get them stuck on the crease to make the fuller ball more effective. "You're not going in there with the intention of trying to hurt anyone -- it's to make your other skills more effective and have a bit more purpose.

" There were anxious moments when Mushfiqur lay prone on the pitch after he was hit in the first Test in Wellington, with memories still fresh of how Australian opener Phil Hughes suffered a fatal blow from a similar delivery in November 2014. Former New Zealand medium pacer Ewen Chatfield's heart stopped and he required mouth-to-mouth resuscitation after being hit on the forehead in a Test against England in 1975. Mushfiqur has been advised not to play for up to three weeks, but Boult said that was not a reason to stop using legitimate short deliveries and most of the Bangladesh batsmen proved they could handle it.