New Zealand’s strategy is flawless. Ross Taylor’s final match was against Bangladesh.
When New Zealand’s strategy is flawless. It takes on Bangladesh in a two-test series beginning on Saturday in Mount Maunganui, they intend to deliver.
The resigning Ross Taylor had the ideal send-off; with the tourists’ trust in playing party poopers diminished by the nonappearance of talismanic all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. New Zealand is missing regular captain Kane Williamson; who has been sidelined with an unrelenting elbow injury that flared; up amid their 1-0 series loss to India earlier this month. The team led by stand-in captain Tom Latham appears to be intent on upsetting; Bangladesh with speed.New Zealand released left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel; just three weeks after he took all ten India wickets in Mumbai; instead opting for all-rounder Rachin Ravindra as their sole turn option.
Taylor’s final series will be plenty of motivation after the 37-year-old announced; his retirement from international cricket during New Zealand’s home season.
Coach Gary Stead said of the 37-year-old, “His experience has held the side; together on innumerable occasions, and his catching record speaks for itself.”
“There’s no denying that we’ll miss him when he’s out.”
“I know Ross is dead set on doing well in the final series and leaving on a positive note.”
Bangladesh will have to create something special to avoid that; having arrived without Shakib, who chose to withdraw from the series; and still smarting from a 2-0 home loss to Pakistan.
The preparations of Mominul Haque and his team are further disrupting; during spin bowling coach Rangana Herath test positive for COVID-19 and some players are place in isolation.
New Zealand’s squad includes captain Tom Latham, wicketkeeper Tom Blundell; Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell; Henry Nicholls, Rachin Ravindra, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, and Will Young.
Bangladeshi players: Mominul Haque (captain), Shadman Islam; Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Fazle Mahmud, Liton Das, Nurul Hasan (wicketkeeper); Yasir Ali, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Abu Jayed, Ebadot Hossain, Shoriful Islam, Khaled Ahmed, Shohidul Islam.