Todd Astle is recalled in the test against Bangladesh for upcoming 3 matches’ series. That is the only replacement of Ajaz Patel from the playing eleven against Sri Lanka.
Bowling all-rounder Todd Astle
Bowling all-rounder Todd Astle dropped from the squad for acute injury on the UAE series. But this right-hander makes himself fit for the matches through a process of surgery then habitation as well. Another catalyst can be the simultaneous injury of dependable spinners of Ajaz Patel and Mitchell Santer.
As always Kane Williamson is going to lead the team. Though Kiwi Captain was absent during the third ODI but will be in the test team from the dawn. BJ Watling maybe maintains the wicket-keeping gloves as well. But the alarming thing is for team Bangladesh can be five pacers in the squad. Hope Captain Mahmudullah will be cautious about it.
Selector Gavin Larsen is confident
Selector Gavin Larsen is confident about Todd Astle for the sake of spinning attack, “It’s great though to have Todd fit again and we’re keen to see what his wrist-spin can offer in New Zealand conditions, and he’ll also bolster the batting. The spinning position has been the only real area we’ve changed and that’s been largely dependent on conditions and injuries.”
Being confident to the spinners and memorizing the UAE series, Mr. Gavin Larsen, the selector of New Zealand Cricket said, “We’re in a fortunate position having a number of high-quality spinners available, and it’s a tough call on Ajaz who was a star of the UAE tour.”
The New Zealand test squad for Bangladesh
The New Zealand test squad for Bangladesh is unchanged except the Todd Astle and decorated with five pacers. That can be a headache for the visitors. Let’s have a look here.
Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, Todd Astle, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Will Young
Therefore, Todd Astle is recalled in the test against Bangladesh. Though Bangladesh whitewashed in the ODI. Hope the visitors will save their honor at least in the test. The first one will come to light on the 28th of this month.