New Zealand has announced the squad ahead of the two-match Test series against Bangladesh. Tom Latham will lead the 13-member team announced on Wednesday (December 22nd). Regular captain Ken Williamson is not playing in the series due to injury.
Williamson has been sidelined for two months due to injury. He is suffering from elbow injury. The team may not get him even in the limited overs series in Australia. However, the captain can return after a break in the Test series against South Africa.
The Kiwis have given a pace dependent team to face Bangladesh on home soil. The team includes Tim Southee, Trent Bolt, Neil Wagner, Matt Henry and Kyle Jamieson. There is no specialist spinner. Ajaz Patel, who took 10 wickets in an innings against India, is also out of the squad, along with Rachin Rabindra and Daryl Mitchell. Devon Conway has also been included in the team.
Announcing the squad, New Zealand coach Gary Steed said the series was on home soil and it was something great for us. We are very successful in our field.
“The bad news for us is why Williamson is missing,” Stead added. We knew this while we were in India. She is currently in rehabilitation for a period of time. But I have full confidence in Tom. He gives great leadership to the team. He has shown great skill even before he was called.
The first match of the series, part of the new cycle of the ICC Test Championship, will start on January 1, at Mount Manganui. The second Test is on January 9 in Christchurch.
New Zealand Test squad
Tom Latham (captain), Tom Blandell, Trent Bolt, Devon Conway, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nichols, Rachin Rabindra, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner and Will Young.
After 11 days of strict quarantine in New Zealand, there has been some shortage of fitness. Wicketkeeper-batsman Liton Das says this time of practice is one of the best opportunities to get back on track. Besides fitness, Bangladesh has practiced bowling and batting in full force.
Mushfiqs live in the light air of Christchurch
Bangladesh in the joy of liberation. Arriving in New Zealand, the Tigers are crushed by the team members’ cowardly positives and strict quarantine. Got a chance to practice in the light air of Christchurch. Where lively Mushfiqur, Liton, Taskin.
The believers were imprisoned in hotels for about 11 days in the land of Kiwi birds. As a result, there is some rust in fitness. From the 21st Rahi, the worshipers have started practicing in the field. Sirius whole team on the second day. Tigers mission to get back to full form.
“After a long day, we left the room,” said Liton Das. This is a positive aspect for us. I have been practicing for two days. I will practice here for one or two more days. If we can prepare for this week, I think we will have a good chance.
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The soil of New Zealand belongs to Apaya Bangladesh. The happy memory of winning the T20 series against them on home soil is still fresh. However, if you look at the performance statistics of Bangladesh on their soil, there is nothing but frustration. The representatives of Lal Sabuj did not see a victory in 32 matches.
The condition is difficult for Bangladesh. So be extra serious. The Tigers know that. Time is short. Bangladesh will face the hosts in the first Test on January 1. Before that there are two preparation matches. That is why Bangladesh has practiced bowling and batting with full fitness practice.