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NZ to bowl first in 2nd Test v Bangladesh

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/01/2017 Daniel Gilhooly

New Zealand have asked a vastly inexperienced Bangladesh outfit to bat first in the second Test after captain Kane Williamson won the toss at Hagley Oval.

While the Black Caps are fielding the same XI, there are four changes to the Bangladesh side who lost the first Test by seven wickets in Wellington.

A key loss is captain and wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim (thumb) while batsmen Imrul Kayes (thigh) and Mominul Haque (ribs) are also denied by injury, robbing the tourists of valuable experience.

Wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan will make his Test debut while promoted batsmen Soumya Sarkar and Nazmul Hossain are among seven players who have played three or fewer Tests.

Sarkar will open despite being regarded primarily as a middle-order batsman.

There is one change for form reasons, with the speedy Rubel Hossain replacing Subashis Roy. It is Hossain's first Test for nearly two years.

Williamson noted the pitch was harder than usual but not as green, meaning his team may not enjoy the early sideways movement traditionally on offer at the ground.

It is the 22nd consecutive Test in New Zealand in which the toss-winning side has bowled first.

That tactic has reaped seven wins, seven draws and seven losses for the winning skipper.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, BJ Watling, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult.

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal (capt), Soumya Sarkar, Nazmul Hossain, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Nurul Hasan, Mehedi Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Kamrul Islam.

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