In the aftermath of their heartbreaking exit from the ODI World Cup 2023, New Zealand is gearing up for a two-match Test series against Bangladesh, commencing on November 28 in Sylhet. In a significant development, it has been announced that seasoned pacer Neil Wagner will step in to replace the injured Matt Henry in the Black Caps’ squad for the upcoming series.
Matt Henry, who played a crucial role for New Zealand in the ODI World Cup, sustained an injury during a clash against South Africa on November 1. Unfortunately, the 31-year-old will be unavailable for the Test series against Bangladesh due to the injury. Wagner, who missed two rounds of the Plunkett Shield recently, is set to make a comeback after his last Test appearance against Sri Lanka in March 2023.
This Test series holds particular importance as it marks the beginning of the latest cycle of the World Test Championship (WTC) 2023. The Black Caps, led by Tim Southee, will be eager to kick off the series on a positive note and secure a victory.
Expressing enthusiasm about Neil Wagner’s inclusion, selector Sam Wells praised the 37-year-old’s skills and experience. He highlighted Wagner’s impressive track record, especially in subcontinent conditions, and expressed confidence in the pacer’s ability to tackle the challenges that lie ahead.
The updated New Zealand squad for the Test series against Bangladesh includes key players such as Tim Southee (captain), Tom Blundell (wk), Kane Williamson, and the newly added Neil Wagner. The selectors aim to leverage Wagner’s wealth of experience during the away tour.
As the cricketing world eagerly awaits this Test series, Neil Wagner’s return adds a seasoned touch to the New Zealand bowling attack. Fans can anticipate a competitive and thrilling contest between the Black Caps and Bangladesh as they vie for success in the subcontinent conditions.