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After all the frantic t20 cricket, we are back to white shirt red cherry, the pinnacle of cricket, Test Cricket. This 2 match test series is very important for both sides, Bangladesh because they do not want to lose on home soil and New Zealand because they want to prove that they can win against Bangladesh in Bangladesh after they had previously lost to them in the ODI’s. 

It would need a really quick transition from playing for Otago to playing for the national side for Mccullum, Wagner and Rutherford, but well they are professionals. This would be a very challenging tour for New Zealand as they will have to bear with the tough conditions and make sure they prove why are they still a dangerous unit. Shakib al Hasan, one of the finest all rounders in the game is back for Bangladesh and that would give the team a huge boost, which could also be seen as the match begins.

Team News
Bangladesh, the home team have a good team as they bat deep till no.8 and they also have 5 good bowlers, with Shakib and Gazi being their ace spinners. Much will depend on 4 of their best batsmen, Tamim, Shakib, Nasir and Rahim and if one of those guys can stick in and play a big innings they have a very good chance of winning. Mahmudullah is the floater in the team, can bat a bit and can bowl a bit but is always uncertain of his place in the team even though he has dishes out quite a lot of match winning performances recently.

New Zeland have a good mix of youth and experience I ntheir line up, but this series would be the perfect test for their temperament. Apart from Williamson and Brownlie most of the batsmen lack that skill and this series may prove to be a big test for the batsmen. The bowlers must also step up their game and make sure they get wickets at regular intervals, else the home team may prove too strong for New Zealand.

Probable Teams
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Mominul Haque, Shakib al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Marshall Ayub, Mushfiqur Rahim(c)(wk), Mahmudullah, Sohag Gazi, Rubel Hossain, Robiul Islam

X-Factor: For a 21 year old, Nasir Hossain has an awesome average in all 3 formats of the game  and apart from Shakib he is one of the best players Bangladesh have produced in a long time. His wicket is worth gold and he never lets the team down. Nasir is consistent with his batting particularly in the test format and if he can stick in a big hundred is his for the taking. New Zealand will have huge problems is this man is in good form, and if he is then Bangladesh have a very good chance of pulling the rabbit out of the hat and winning this test.

New Zealand: Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Dean Brownlie, Brendon Mccullum (c), BJ Watling (wk), Trent Boult, Bruce Martin, Neil Wagner, Doug Bracewell

X-Factor: Kane Williamson, the assumed to be next big thing for New Zealand cricket would be in the center of all action particularly because he is one of those guys who can bat for long hours and can also turn his arm over if needed. Williamson would have the task of holding the innings together as he bats at no.3 and also he is the man with the best temperament in the team. New Zealand would be hoping he can step up his game and if that happens New Zealand has a good chance in this test. 

Expected Result: Bangladesh Win


 





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