New Zealand Test captain Tim Southee refused to blame fatigue from a gruelling ODI World Cup campaign in India for his side's defeat in the first Test of a two-match series against Bangladesh in Sylhet on Saturday.
New Zealand retained several players from the World Cup for the tour, but they failed to reproduce their sparkle from the earlier tournament, slumping to 181 all out in their second innings to fall to a 150-run loss.
The Kiwis lost to hosts India in the semi-final of the World Cup, which ended on November 19.
Saturday's defeat was only New Zealand's second in Tests against Bangladesh, with the first coming at home in January 2022.
"We had a little bit of a break after the World Cup. But I think as players, you know that it's a busy schedule," said Southee after the defeat in Sylhet.
"You know what's in front of you. You're trying to freshen up as well as you can. The guys were in good spirits before this.
"It's been a long time on the road for some but that's part and parcel of being an international cricketer."