Neil Wagner and Devon Conway are set to play a practice match against Bangladesh ahead of the Asian nation’s two-match Test series. Bangladesh is touring New Zealand for two Tests but will play a two-day practice match first against the New Zealand XI team.
Pacer Neil Wagner and wicketkeeper Devon Conway are part of the New Zealand XI for the practice game and will get an insight to the opposition team. Neil Wagner returns to the Test squad after missing the previous IND vs NZ Test series. Devon Convoy got injured during T20 World Cup 2021 and missed the entire New Zealand tour of India 2021.
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Love Getting The Red Ball In My Hand: Neil Wagner
Ahead of the practice game, Neil Wagner said that the team is happy to play in front of their home fans. He also said that he loves getting the red ball in his hand.
“I love getting the red ball in my hand and this match presents a perfect opportunity to get some miles in the legs ahead of what should be a hard fought Test series against Bangladesh.
“The boys are happy to be back home and we can’t wait to play in front of our home fans over the New Year period in both Mount Maunganui and Christchurch,” Neil Wagner said.
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Devon Conway mentioned that he is fit to play in the series and looking forward to getting back in competitive cricket. He injured his hand during ICC World Cup 2021 and had to skip the Test and T20I series against India.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back into some competitive cricket and hopefully I’m passed fit to play.
“I’ve just started batting again and testing out my hand so I’m hopeful of making my return for the New Zealand XI. There’s nothing like a match situation to really test it out and help build some confidence,” Devon Conway said.
The Bangladesh tour of New Zealand 2022 consists of two Test matches. The 1st Test will commence on January 1, 2022, at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. The 2nd Test will begin on January 9 at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
Bangladesh have announced the squad for the series under skipper Mominul Haque. New Zealand is yet to announce their squad for the series.
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