Hosts <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/new-zealand/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New Zealand</a> have a point to prove to <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/bangladesh/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Bangladesh</a> in the three-match ODI series starting on Wednesday in Napier, says the spin-bowling allrounder <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/todd-astle/news/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Todd Astle</a>, after losing their last two matches in the format to them. (<strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/new-zealand-vs-bangladesh-2019-1st-odi-simmering-bangladesh-brace-for-new-zealand-fightback-802292" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Simmering Bangladesh brace for New Zealand fightback</a>) <p></p> <p></p>Those two losses to Bangladesh came in 2017, the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/ireland-tri-nation-series-2017-200415/live-scores/bangladesh-vs-new-zealand-live-cricket-score-match-6-181776-full-scorecard.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">first in a tri-series</a> also featuring Ireland and the second in the ICC Champions Trophy that followed. In that must-win match in Cardiff, Bangladesh <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/icc-champions-trophy-2017-bangladesh-vs-new-zealand-match-9-shakib-mahmudullahs-record-stand-mosaddek-hossains-3-13-and-other-highlights-614823" target="_blank" rel="noopener">chased 266 with five wickets and 16 balls remaining</a> to knock out Bangladesh and move to the semi-finals. <p></p> <p></p>Thought it has been 20 months since that defeat, Astle said stopping Bangladesh would be a challenge. <p></p> <p></p>"The boys are excited, obviously. They've just come off a really good T20 series win and a challenging one-day series, so for us its making improvements," he said on Tuesday at McLean Park. "The Bangladeshis will be a good challenge. They beat us last time in the Champions Trophy, so we've got a point to prove. Hopefully we can really come out strong in all three areas and have a good series win." <p></p> <p></p>New Zealand are coming off a 1-4 ODI series loss to India, and beating the same team 2-1 in the T20Is that followed is, in the words of skipper Kane Williamson, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/india-vs-new-zealand-2018-19-3rd-t20i-t20-series-win-against-india-is-an-isolated-one-keeping-icc-world-cup-2019-in-context-kane-williamson-801889" target="_blank" rel="noopener">an isolated success </a>keeping this summer s World Cup in mind. (<strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/new-zealand-vs-bangladesh-2019-bangladesh-like-being-underdogs-steve-rhodes-802283" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Bangladesh like being underdogs: Steve Rhodes</a>) <p></p> <p></p>Bangladesh return to ODIs for the first time since December, when they defeated West Indies at home 2-1 to draw to a close a year in which they won 13 of 20 ODIs. That, statistically, capped their second best year in ODIs after the 14 they won in 2009. <p></p> <p></p>While against New Zealand in New Zealand the seventh-ranked team has lost all ten ODIs, Astle felt they were a force to be wary of. <p></p> <p></p>"I think they're a quite dangerous side," he said. "They can certainly score good runs and against spin, I think for me, that will be a good challenge. It's [about] trying to make sure we ask enough questions, put them under enough pressure that we can then win these games." <p></p> <p></p>The series starts in Napier followed by ODIs on February 16 in Christchurch and February 20 in Dunedin.