“They want to try and do what no other Bangladesh side’s done before and that’s win a series in New Zealand,” he said.

“They’re halfway there, the job’s not done, but they’re very driven to try and achieve something very special.”

In the first Test at Mount Maunganui, which Bangladesh won by eight wickets, seven members of the New Zealand side were older than 30 and only two -- Kyle Jamieson and Rachin Ravindra -- were under 28.

In the victorious Bangladesh side, eight players were under 28 and Domingo said that was a critical element in their preparation.

It’s a completely different surface to what was up at the Mount and we know we’ve played some really good cricket here in recent years
Tom Latham, New Zealand captain

“It’s a young side so they don’t come here with all the scars that some of the older players have gained from playing against New Zealand so many times,” he said.

New Zealand captain Tom Latham said he expected Bangladesh to be full of confidence but maintained the Hagley factor would favour New Zealand.

“It’s a completely different surface to what was up at the Mount and we know we’ve played some really good cricket here in recent years,” he said.

“With the extra pace and carry here it does suit our bowlers.”

You’re confident, you’re playing well and you’ve got a good balance to your side at the moment and conditions, as crazy as it might sound, could actually suit us
Russell Domingo, Bangladesh head coach

Latham added New Zealand had the additional incentive of providing a victorious farewell for senior batsman Ross Taylor, in his final Test before retiring from international cricket.

“Hopefully we can celebrate a nice Test win and obviously a great career as well,” the captain said.

But Domingo warned New Zealand not to believe they were the only team to benefit from a green wicket.

“We’ve got some really quality fast bowlers at the moment and it’s not often Bangladesh can say that they’re actually looking forward to bowling on a wicket that has got a bit of grass on it,” he said.

“Opportunities like this don’t come around very often. You’re confident, you’re playing well and you’ve got a good balance to your side at the moment and conditions, as crazy as it might sound, could actually suit us.”

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