Need Bangladesh to be a thriving nation for Test cricket to survive, says Ross Taylor

Written by Vishwas Gupta

New Zealand were disappointed with their defeat to Bangladesh in the first Test but it was a good result for world cricket, Ross Taylor has said. Taylor, who is playing his last Test series, said that a thriving Bangladesh is necessary for the health of Test cricket.

“If you look at it from a neutral point of view, I think it was good for world cricket,” the 37-year-old told reporters at the Hagley Oval.

“I think for Bangladesh to come in, a proud nation with a lot of proud history, for the game of cricket and Test cricket, I don’t think this was a bad result.

“Obviously, we were disappointed that we didn’t put up a bit of a contest. We were outplayed the whole time but I think for Test cricket to survive, we need Bangladesh to be a thriving nation.”

The victory at Mount Maunganui was among the biggest shocks in the history of Test cricket as one of the poorest performers in the longest format of the game snapped New Zealand’s 17-match unbeaten streak on home soil. Taylor hoped the side under Mominul Haque would only get better with time.

“They’ll get a lot of confidence from that, not only for this tour, but for the rest of their tours going around over the next few years.”

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