NZ vs BAN: New Zealand's Predicted Playing XI vs Bangladesh, New Zealand vs Bangladesh 2022, 2nd Test

Updated - 08 Jan 2022, 06:43 PM

Devon Conway and Ross Taylor
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New Zealand suffered their first-ever Test defeat at the hands of Bangladesh in the first Test of the ongoing Test series at Bay Oval Ground. They lacked application with both bat and the ball and thus lost the first Test by 8 wickets. New Zealand are certainly missing the presence of Kane Williamson in the team.

He, unfortunately, won’t be available for the second Test as well. Nevertheless, Tom Latham and Boys would be keen to bounce back strongly in the next Test match. It will be interesting to see what changes they make going into the second Test. We have compiled our predicted playing XI of the New Zealand Cricket Team for the second Test. Here’s a look at it.

NZ vs BAN: New Zealand’s Predicted Playing XI vs Bangladesh, New Zealand vs Bangladesh 2022, 2nd Test

Openers: Tom Latham and Will Young

Tom Latham and Will Young
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Tom Latham couldn’t replicate the form which he showed recently in India in the first Test against Bangladesh. He got out on just 1 run off 14 balls in the first innings and managed 14 runs off 30 balls in the second innings of the Test match.

Will Young, however, showed great form in the Test match. He was outstanding in both the innings of the Test match. Young scored 52 runs off 135 balls in the first innings and followed it up with another vital 69-run knock off 172 balls.

Middle-order: Devon Conway, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, and Tom Blundell

Devon Conway and Ross Taylor
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Devon Conway returned to the Test team in the last Test match and scored an outstanding hundred in the very first innings. He played sumptuous shots both on the front foot and on the back foot. The southpaw scored 122 runs off 227 balls.

In his second outing in the Test, however, he scored 13 runs off 40 deliveries. Ross Taylor made 31 and 40 in the last Test. He would be disappointed to not have converted the starts into big scores. In what will be his last Test match at Hagley Oval, he would look to end his Test Cricket career on a high.

Tom Blundell would be disappointed with his performances with the bat but should look to continue donning the gloves. Henry Nicholls, however, looked solid at the crease, especially in the first innings. He made 75 runs off 127 balls and the management would be wanting him to replicate a similar performance in the next Test match.

All-rounders: Rachin Ravindra and Kyle Jamieson

Kyle Jamieson, ICC World Test Championship Final
Kyle Jamieson (Image Credit: Twitter)

Young Rachin Ravindra scored four boundaries in the first Test match against Bangladesh. Other than that, there was nothing else to talk about him. He wasn’t effective with the ball but these are still early days and the management would want to give him a longer rope, especially in home conditions. Kyle Jamieson, on the other hand, had a rare bad outing in a Test match.

Very rarely do you see him not pick wickets in a Test match. The New Zealand cricketer picked only two wickets in the match. Given the impact he has had in his short Test career, he isn’t likely to get dropped for the second Test.

Bowlers: Tim Southee, Trent Boult, and Neil Wagner

Tim Southee, New Zealand
Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner [Image-Getty]
The onus for picking the bulk of the wickets will be on the shoulders of these three. Tim Southee was the least impressive bowler in the last Test match. He picked only three wickets for 135 runs in the last Test match.

Trent Boult and Neil Wagner picked four and three wickets respectively. New Zealand have Matt Henry in the bowling department but with the series on the line, Tom Latham is likely to persist with the three experienced bowlers in the second Test.


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