New Zealand has favored Todd Astle to Ajaz Patel in the 13-man squad declared for the forthcoming three-Test matches against Bangladesh. The 32-year-old Canterbury spinner had an injury in 2018 and is coming back to Test cricket from a knee medical procedure in the wake of missing the second Test against England in June and the voyage through UAE a year ago when Patel made his test debut.
New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Latham, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, Jeet Raval, Tim Southee, Todd Astle, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Will Young
“It’s extraordinary however to have Todd fit again and we’re quick to perceive what his wrist-turn can offer in New Zealand conditions, and he’ll likewise reinforce the batting,” selector Gavin Larsen said. “The turning position has been the main genuine region we’ve changed and that has been to a great extent subject to conditions and wounds.
“We’re in a blessed position having various great spinners accessible, and it’s an extreme approach Ajaz who was a star of the UAE visit.”
Patel picked a five-wicket pull on presentation in Abu Dhabi yet hasn’t been getting it done in the Test coordinates that pursued.
Whatever is left of the squad is unaltered from the one that went up against Sri Lanka. Will Young has again been incorporated though Mitchell Santner keeps on passing up a major opportunity attributable to his progressing recuperation from a knee medical procedure.
The first of the three Tests begins on February 28 in Hamilton before the series moves to Wellington and Christchurch.