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Boult, who was the pick of the bowlers in the first Test, recently spoke about the skills the Kiwi pace attack is equipped with Getty Images

The recently-concluded first Test between Bangladesh and New Zealand was one of the most bizarre contests. Who would have thought the visitors could lose it after posting 595 runs on the board in their first innings? It was largely possible due to exceptional display of seam and swing bowling by the New Zealand pacers in the second innings, who skittled their opponents for a paltry 160 in the second to script a fascinating finish to the Wellington Test. Trent Boult, who was the pick of the bowlers in the second innings with his 3 wickets, recently spoke about the skills the Kiwi pace attack is equipped with.

Boult spoke about how valuable a skill is short-pitch bowling and how important it is to have reverse swing added to the armoury of his side s well-balanced attack. “A big positive from the Test match was that we got the ball to reverse swing eventually,” Boult was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo. “Australia, the last time they came, taught us a lesson on ways to bowl sides out on flat wickets.” The left-armer also added that the ability to bowl short deliveries was an asset to a bowling attack because it effectively made the full deliveries more dangerous.

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“I think the short ball is a valuable skill for a fast bowler. I think people have to realise why we are bowling short in the first place. It is to upset the batsman and get them struck on the crease to make the fuller ball more effective. When you are bowling a short ball it is definitely not with the intention of hurting the batsman but to make your other skills more effective. I think it is a method that we have been using successfully for a while. I am sure there will be short-pitched bowling among the group, looking to put pressure on the opponents.”

Boult was referring to the incident where Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim retired hurt in the second innings after he was hit on the head by a bouncer from Tim Southee. Boult defended his team s prolonged tactic to unleash a barrage of short-pitched bowling on the diminutive batsman. “I think it depends on how the opposition played it. I think you are trying to read how uncomfortable they are feeling and the game plan they are bringing towards it. The Australians have played it quite nicely. So you have to quickly change your plans.

At the same time, Boult also praised Bangladesh batsmen s ability to cope with such bowling. “It is a bit intimidating facing a barrage of short-pitched bowling. They played it nicely,”

Tamim Iqbal, who will be standing in as captain at Hagley Oval in Mushfiqur s absence, also said there was no reason to complain over the short deliveries. “I think short ball is part of the game. I can’t really complain about it,” he said. “If we feel that a certain batsman is not comfortable, we might use those tactics. It is fair game. I said in the last press conference, we expect these things in this part of the world. When New Zealand or any other team go to our conditions, they expect spin. I am sure they don’t complain about the ball spinning too much so why should we complain about bouncers?”