New Zealand pacer Neil Wagner and top-order batsman Devon Conway were named in the 12-member New Zealand XI squad that will play a two-day practice game against Bangladesh, scheduled on December 28-29 at Bay Oval’s number two ground.
Both players were selected in the side to get some much-needed cricket under their belt ahead of the two-match Test series against Bangladesh, starting on January 1 at Bay Oval. New Zealand XI Selector, Gavin Larsen, said the fixture will not only give Wagner and Conway some competitive cricket but also a chance for up-and-coming domestic talent to test themselves against international cricketers. Brendon Donkers will coach the New Zealand XI for the two-day warm-up fixture.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Liton Das feels that if they can continue practising in the same manner for the next seven to eight more days, they will then have a good chance to get back to rhythm ahead of the Test series.