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
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.
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.
(Last five games completed; most recent first)
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In the spotlight
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.
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 (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