Match preview – New Zealand v Bangladesh, Bangladesh v New Zealand 2021/22, 1st test


The visitors do not have Shakib and Tamim; Williamson misses the hosts, but was spurred on by Boult and Conway’s return

Big picture

The matches between New Zealand and Bangladesh have been complete shifts wherever they’ve been played. Bangladesh have lost every one of their away matches to New Zealand in any format, while New Zealand have not been big visitors to Bangladesh either. The first test of the last series, at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, starting on New Years Day in 2022, will also likely be a one-sided competition, with seam and sway conditions set to favor the team at home to a large extent.

New Zealand, however, enter the Test Series following a 1-0 series reversal in India. They managed to draw in the first test but were knocked down in the second despite Ajaz Patel’s Perfect Ten. And against Bangladesh at home, they will again be without regular captain Kane Williamson, who suffers from an elbow injury, although Devon Conway’s return to the starting XI after injury is a welcome addition to the roster. hitters.

Tom Latham will lead New Zealand in their first home tests since winning the World Testing Championship. He’ll have his entire frontline pace attack on, including Trent Boult, who skipped tests in India due to bubble fatigue, and is also approaching 300 test wickets. A successful start against Bangladesh may set the tone for the coming home summer for New Zealand, as they also face South Africa in two WTC tests in February.
But it is an entirely different reality for Bangladesh. A struggling team, they arrived in New Zealand after a dismal streak against Pakistan at home. Losing by a heat in the second test in Dhaka, where two and a half days were lost due to the rain, showed how ill-prepared they were to face quality opposition. However, they had some bright spots in the New Zealand XI practice game earlier this week, although the quality of the opposition was very different in the first test.

However, they will be without Shakib Al Hasan, who has opted for a break, and Tamim Iqbal, who is recovering from a double broken thumb. Mahmudullah also retired from the format, which left captain Mominul Haque and veteran Mushfiqur Rahim with a lot of burden to bear.

Form Guide

(Last five games completed; most recent first)

New Zealand LDWWD
Bangladesh LLWLD

In the spotlight

Devon conway will play his first test since breaking his finger hitting his bat in the T20 World Cup. But Conway got a duck in the touring match against Bangladesh in his first competitive appearance since November. It will also be Conway’s first Home Test after an impressive start to his Test career.

Taskin Ahmed took 13 wickets in his three test appearances in 2021, a number that could easily have been higher had Bangladesh’s outfielders held their catch. Four of the 11 catches of his bowling alley in all formats made it to the tests.

Team news

Will Young will start with captain Tom Latham, with Conway returning to enter third in Williamson’s absence. Barring last minute changes, New Zealand is likely to enter the Test without Matt Henry and Rachin Ravindra.

New Zealand (probable): 1 Tom Latham (capt), 2 Will Young, 3 Devon Conway, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Henry Nicholls, 6 Tom Blundell (week), 7 Daryl Mitchell, 8 Kyle Jamieson, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Neil Wagner, 11 Trent Boult

Bangladesh are likely to stick with Shadman Islam despite their recent poor form including a duck in the practice match. There could be a draw between Ebadot Hossain and Shoriful Islam for the role of the third crimper.

Bangladesh (probable): 1 Shadman Islam, 2 Mahmudul Hasan Joy, 3 Najmul Hossain Shanto, 4 Mominul Haque (capt), 5 Mushfiqur Rahim, 6 Liton Das (week), 7 Yasir Ali, 8 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 9 Taskin Ahmed, 10 Abu Jayed, 11 years old Ebadot Hossain / Shoriful Islam

Location and conditions

The ground should be slightly greener; but like most New Zealand tracks, this can subside as the game progresses. Also, the draw may not matter, as the previous two tests here were won by the team losing the draw. The weather will likely be mostly dry during the test.

Statistics and anecdotes


“We have had very good success in these conditions but also away from home in recent years. It’s more about [continuing] what this group does and have my own outlook on things. “
New Zealand substitute captain Tom latham wants to do things his own way

“It’s not ideal not to have one or two of our bigger players here. We have young players who haven’t played in New Zealand tests so they won’t be marked by past performances. We have to see it as a positive. “
Bangladesh coach Russel Domingue trusts young people

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s correspondent in Bangladesh. @ isam84

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