Trent Boult will not be available for the second Test against South Africa with his lack of recent bowling deemed to be put him at too great of an injury risk. It means Boult has likely played his last home international cricket of the season with those having IPL deals expected to be unavailable for the ODI series against Netherlands at the end of March.
First in our list of the best Test bowling performances from 2021 is Ajaz Patel’s historic 10-119 against India in December late last year. This article first appeared in Issue 52 of Wisden Cricket Monthly. Ajaz Patel 10-119 India v New Zealand Ajaz Patel insists that he hadn’t given ‘the perfect 10’ even a second thought until, suddenly, he was one wicket away from history.
Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque decided to field first against New Zealand in the second Test at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. The big news for the visitors was that Mushfiqur Rahim missed out due to a groin injury. Bangladesh, who were already without Mahmudul Hasan Joy, had to hand a debut to left-handed opener Mohammad Naim, with Nurul Hasan coming in to keep wicket.
Bangladesh are celebrating a huge upset after sealing their first-ever Test victory against New Zealand. Bangladesh’s sensational eight-wicket triumph in Mount Maunganui on Wednesday saw the World Test Champions’ 17-match home undefeated streak ended. The Black Caps lost five wickets for just 15 runs in 10.4 overs on the fifth and final morning to be dismissed for 169, setting the Tigers 40 to win.
Lunch New Zealand 328 and 10 for 0 (Latham 10*, Young 0*) trail Bangladesh 458 (Mominul 88, Litton 86, Boult 4-85) by 120 runs New Zealand faced the tricky job of dismounting Bangladesh's 130-run lead after the visitors completed their second-longest Test innings for 458 all out.
On the first day of 2022, Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque decided to field first against New Zealand in the first Test at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. Mominul said that Bangladesh wanted to get first use the moisture on a greenish pitch. This is New Zealand's first home test after becoming world champions in the format in June last year.
Wellington [New Zealand], December 23 (ANI): New Zealand coach Gary Stead has cited their 'horses-for-courses' selection policy to explain the exclusion of star spinner Ajaz Patel ahead of the Bangladesh series. Skipper Kane Williamson was ruled out of the Test series against Bangladesh as New Zealand announced the squad on Wednesday.
Wellington [New Zealand], December 22 (ANI): New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the Test series against Bangladesh starting at Bay Oval on New Year's Day. In the absence of Williamson, batter Tom Latham will be leading the BlackCaps in the series.