The first test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh gets underway in Wellington just before midnight on Wednesday with Bangladesh hoping the switch to a longer format will bring about a change in fortune.
After a 3-0 whitewash of Bangladesh in the ODI series, New Zealand were again ruthless in the T20 Internationals with another clean sweep. This series consists of just two tests with the second to be staged at Christchurch so let’s take a look at the squads, some form and the betting.
New Zealand were 2-0 winners at home to Pakistan towards the end of 2016. Prior to that the Black Caps were whitewashed 3-0 in India and earlier in the year they lost a two match series (1-0) to the Proteas in South Africa.
New Zealand Squad: Kane Williamson (capt), Trent Boult, Dean Brownlie, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Jeet Raval, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling (wk)
The most recent test match action for Bangladesh came at home to England in October and they gave the English a really good contest in the two match series which was drawn 1-1. They haven’t travelled for a test series since 2014 when they lost 2-0 to West Indies in the Caribbean.
Bangladesh Squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Soumya Sarkar, Taskin Ahmed, Nurul Hasan, Subashis Roy
Recent Head to Head
The most recent series was staged in Bangladesh in 2013 and both tests were drawn.
Overall New Zealand have won eight of the 11 meetings with three draws and all five staged on New Zealand produced wide margin wins for the Black Caps.
Betting – Click here for all markets
New Zealand 2/9
Bet: Batsman to score a Fifty in 1st Innings, Ross Taylor? (yes) at 16/10
Taylor is a class act and he returns to the international scene after injury on the back of a couple of decent knocks in his comeback game