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Cricket news - In times of overseas wins, do Bangladesh stand a chance?

Of the two chief architects of 595-8 at Wellington, Shakib is ruled out due to injury and Mushfiqur is unlikely to play

Bangladesh have played seven Tests in New Zealand, and lost them all. Wellington, in 2017, was one of them, heartbreakingly coming after a gigantic, odd-defying first-innings effort of 595 for 8 declared. A silver lining then, the innings should have served Bangladesh's hopes well this time around, but it falls short.

There's no Shakib Al Hasan to start with, Mushfiqur Rahim is under another injury cloud and Tamim Iqbal's just been found out with swing in his worst ODI series in years. The three were major players in that innings in Wellington and Bangladesh find themselves freshly vulnerable after a chastening 3-0 loss in the ODIs. The conditions in Test cricket are going to be more hostile, with Tim Southee and Trent Boult running in with the possibility of doing that to you all day.

Thankfully we live in times where away teams do win. India just became the first Asian side to win a series in Australia, and Sri Lanka repeated the act in South Africa, bringing to an end the larger resistance of the southern hemisphere. New Zealand haven't historically been as impenetrable but their new-found confidence of being the number-two ranked side in the world should hold them in good stead.

When: February 28, Thursday at 11:00AM Local/3:30AM IST/10:00PM GMT (Feb 27)

Where: Seddon Park, Hamilton

What to expect: Hamilton is normally a good batting track, with the average first and second innings score being 304 and 314 respectively. New Zealand have won four out of the last five Tests here, with the remaining one being a rain-assisted draw against South Africa. Ross Taylor has two hundreds in the last two Tests he's played here, so watch out for him.

Teams:

New Zealand

New Zealand have announced their playing XI on the eve of the Test, with Matt Henry and Will Young being the two players to miss out. Todd Astle, who was picked in the squad over Ajaz Patel, is set to play his fourth Test in over six years. Rest of the side looks settled but there will be pressure on Neil Wagner to make sense of the third seamer's spot despite his 4 for 48 against Sri Lanka recently.

Playing XI: Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Todd Astle, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult

Bangladesh

Mushfiqur is struggling with a wrist injury and is highly unlikely for the first Test. Tamim Iqbal and Shadman Islam are set to open, with a likely debut for Ebadat Hossain, who will shoulder the pace responsibilities with Mustafizur Rahman.

Probable XI: Tamim Iqbal, Shadman Islam, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Khaled Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Ebadat Hossain/Abu Jayed

What they said:

"Anybody can beat anybody, so it's about playing your best cricket and focussing on what you are trying to achieve as a team" - Kane Williamson, New Zealand captain

"I think in Test cricket, since West Indies [series in July 2018], it was obvious some areas in which we need to work on" - Steve Rhodes, Bangladesh coach

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