New Zealand vs Bangladesh : 1st Test Match Preview and Analysis

New Zealand vs Bangladesh : 1st Test Match Preview and Analysis

New Zealand vs Bangladesh, 1st Test, Mount Maunganui, Jan 1 – 5 2022, Bangladesh tour of New Zealand

New Zealand vs Bangladesh fixtures have been complete mismatches, no matter the venue. Bangladesh have lost all of their away matches against New Zealand, irrespective of the format, while New Zealand haven’t been successful visitors to Bangladesh either. The first Test of the latest series, at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, starting New Year’s Day in 2022, is also likely to be a one-sided contest, with seaming and swinging conditions set to give assistance to the hosts in a major way.
New Zealand, however, are coming into this Test series after a 1-0 series loss to India. They managed to draw the first Test but were defeated in the second despite Ajaz Patel’s Perfect Ten. And against Bangladesh at home, they will again be without regular captain Kane Williamson, who is suffering an elbow injury, although Devon Conway’s return to the starting XI after injury will be a big boost for New Zealand’s batting line-up. Conway was left out of the Test Series in India as he had sustained a self-inflicted injury in the semis of T20 World Cup.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, come into the series as underdogs, but they are the ones eager to give their all despite their poor record. Their preparations hit several obstacles because of the COVID-19 case in the camp which, at one stage, also led to uncertainty over the tour. They are missing three key figures in the likes of Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and now retired Mahmudullah in the side. But head coach Russell Domingo feels the young players have a golden opportunity to prove themselves against the best in some tough conditions.

And while Domingo jokingly acknowledged they want to ensure Taylor “doesn’t have a great send-off and send him off as miserable as possible”, it’s going to take a heroic effort from the visitors to register their first WTC points of the new cycle.

What the Captains said: 
“We’ve got a reasonably good blueprint that we like to work with here in New Zealand. Every game is really important so as many points as we can get as possible would be great” – Latham
“We usually win when we play well as a team, regardless of where we are playing. If we don’t combine, I don’t think we can get a good result. I think even if someone scores a hundred or a double-hundred, we need bowlers to take the 20 wickets. Everyone has to chip in, for us to do well.” – Mominul Haque

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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