New Zealand opt to bowl, Ebadat Hossain makes his debut for Bangladesh


New Zealand won the toss and decided to bowl against Bangladesh

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson decided to field first in the first Test against Bangladesh in Hamilton. The home side, on the back of four consecutive Test series wins, have already released Matt Henry to play in the Plunkett Shield, and have included Todd Astle in place of Ajaz Patel.

The visitors have left out Mustafizur Rahman after the seamer’s unreliable form in the ODI series, and have picked the Sylhet trio of Abu Jayed, Ebadat Hossain and Khaled Ahmed. Ebadat has been handed a Test debut.

The visitors have had to make two forced changes as regular Test captain Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim are out with injuries. They have also switched from an all-spin attack from their last Test, to a predominantly seam attack on a greenish Seddon Park surface.

New Zealand 1 Jeet Raval, 2 Tom Latham, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Henry Nicholls, 6 BJ Watling (wk), 7 Colin de Grandhomme, 8 Todd Astle, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Neil Wagner, 11 Trent Boult

Bangladesh 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Shadman Islam, 3 Mominul Haque, 4 Mohammad Mithun, 5 Mahmudullah (capt), 6 Liton Das (wk), 7 Soumya Sarkar, 8 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 9 Khaled Ahmed, 10 Abu Jayed, 11 Ebadat Hossain

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