As the ODI World Cup has ended, the attention has now shifted to other formats. On Tuesday, Bangladesh and New Zealand will come face to face for the 1st Test at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet.
After a disappointing run at the ODI World Cup, the hosts will try to revive the cricket in their country by playing against the Kiwis. Bangladesh needs to bather themselves and bounce back stronger as a team in international cricket.
New Zealand will now focus on excelling in the Test format and they will eye to reach the finals of the WTC for the 2nd time. Tim Southee will be the leading man for the Kiwis and he will play an important role for the team. The top bookmakers in India have Test match odds with them.
Kane Williamson has been part of 5 Tests in 2023 and has scored 556 runs at an average of 69.50.
The betting tip is...
Kane Williamson to score a 50 in the first innings
Najmul Hossain Shanto will be the leading man for Bangladesh in both Tests. Litton Das will be unavailable for both Tests and he is expected to return after a month.
Hasan Murad, Hasan Mahmud, and Shahadat Hossain Dipu are the three new faces from Bangladesh cricket who will be making their debut in the red-ball format. The trio has already been part of the team for the limited-over format and has showcased their talent in first-class cricket.
Before the beginning of the World Cup, Tamim Iqbal was in the news for the wrong reasons and the board is still in the process of deciding his future.
Bangladesh cricket star, Shakib Al Hasan, is also not clear on his future with the team as he expressed his retirement plans in an interview before the World Cup.
Skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto will depend on new faces to perform at their best.
Predicted Lineup: Najmul Hossain Shanto (capt), Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Zakir Hasan, Shadman Islam, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud, Hasan Murad
One of the major highlights for New Zealand will be the return of their World Cup star Rachin Ravindra in the longest format of the game after 2 years of absence. Rachin will be a valuable assist for the team who can do wonders with the bat and ball.
Mitchell Santner is also coming back to the red-ball format after two years and will be eying a positive start in the 1st Test. Ajaz Patel and Ish Sodhi will be joining the team in the spin department with skipper Tim Southee and Matt Henry in the pace section.
Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Glenn Phillips, and Daryl Mitchell will be the most dependable players on the team when it comes to the batting unit. Kiwis have shown their dependency on spin bowlers this time considering the pitches of Bangladesh for both Tests.
Trent Boult won’t be available for the Test series because of some personal reasons.
Predicted Lineup: Tim Southee (captain), Tom Blundell, Devon Conway, Matt Henry, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Kane Williamson
The hosts have always come out stronger on their home pitches. However, this time, the team is under a new captain with some fresh faces and things might work against them.
New Zealand has a much stronger team with experienced players in all the departments. We predict a win for New Zealand in the first Test against Bangladesh.