New Zealand v Bangladesh

Saleque Sufi : “Nothing to lose for Bangladesh. Playing to their full potential young Bangladesh team should try to survive the initial new ball burst of Tim and Trent. I am not sure top order batting of Bangladesh has technique ,skill and temperament for that .Mominul and Mushfique have to shoulder additional responsibilities “

The toss and teams aren’t too far away, so do stay tuned as I along with Varun Shetty and our score Binoy George bring you all the action.

Meanwhile a great occasion for Tom Latham as he leads New Zealand full-time for the first time in his career. He has filled in for Kane Williamson when the regular captain has not played but this is his chance to assert his credentials. Also there are vital WTC points on offer as New Zealand begin their title defence rather shakily after losing to India away recently.

Bangladesh in New Zealand in the longest format of the game: Played 9 | Lost 9. A dismal record and Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque wants to set “shorter goals” for 2022 after they lost 5 of their 7 Tests in 2021. Mominul isn’t looking too far ahead as he speaks at the pre-match press conference.

Rhys: “Not all of us have hit the new year yet! Good evening from London. Question: will this be even more one-sided than the Ashes, if that’s even possible?” — If you are a Bangladesh fan, then one would be pretty nervous I guess looking at their away record against New Zealand.

How big a challenge is it for Bangladesh to play New Zealand away? A mind-boggling stat in this match preview as Mohammad Isam sets the tone ahead of the series.

10:00 local: Happy New Year folks! On that cheerful note, let’s welcome to Test match action on New Year’s day as New Zealand begin their home summer with a two-match Test series against Bangladesh at Mount Maunganui. So first get the important bit of news out of the way: No Kane Williamson for New Zealand as he recovers from his elbow issues while Shakib and Tamim are missing for Bangladesh.

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