Bangladesh bowl, pick Shoriful; Ravindra makes cut for NZ


New Zealand go in with four-man pace attack

On the first day of 2022, Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque decided to field first against New Zealand in the first Test at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. Mominul said that Bangladesh wanted to get first use the moisture on a greenish pitch.

This is New Zealand’s first home test after becoming world champions in the format in June last year. They opted for Rachin Ravindra as the allrounder at No 7, instead of Daryl Mitchell. Bangladesh have gone for the left-arm quick Shoriful Islam in place of Abu Jayed, who played in the last Test series at home.

This is the first time Bangladesh are missing Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal in a Test match in New Zealand since 2008. The home side are also without regular captain Kane Williamson, although Devon Conway and Trent Boult have returned to the Test fold.

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

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

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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