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New Zealand aim for follow on

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/01/2017
Tom Latham of New Zealand celebrates his century during day three of the First Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh at Basin Reserve on January 14, 2017 in Wellington, New Zealand. © Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images Tom Latham of New Zealand celebrates his century during day three of the First Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh at Basin Reserve on January 14, 2017 in Wellington, New Zealand.

New Zealand's first target will be to overtake the follow on mark but Wellington's weather may play more of a part in the first cricket Test against Bangladesh.

The hosts will resume at 292-3 on the third day on Sunday, 303 runs behind Bangladesh's mammoth 595-8dec.

Tom Latham is on 119 and Henry Nicholls 35.

Senior player Ross Taylor, who scored 40 on his return from eye surgery, praised Latham's consistency at the top of the order after his sixth Test century.

However, New Zealand needed him to go on and get an even bigger score.

"Once we do get in to that follow on hopefully we can bat ourselves into a decent position."

Tom Latham © Marty Melville / AFP Tom Latham Taylor isn't locking in a draw yet.

"Sessions can dictate a whole five-day Test... there's a little bit of weather around, still 190 overs there's a lot of cricket to be played."

However, Sunday's weather forecast is for morning rain, which may reduce the match further after about 50 overs were lost to rain on the first day.

Bangladesh, with an inexperienced bowling attack, have also been further hampered by skipper and wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim injuring both hands.

There was no obvious fracture in either but they are sore.

He will bat if needed but won't keep for the rest of the Test, with Imrul Kayes taking up the gloves.

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