NZ vs SA: New Zealand will take on South Africa in the first Test of the South Africa tour of New Zealand 2022 on Thursday, 17th February at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch.
New Zealand will be a little disappointed with their recent result when they drew 1-1 against Bangladesh at home after losing the first Test. That loss ended their long undefeated run at home and will now be eager to get back on track. They will be without the services of their veterans Kane Williamson, who is injured, and Ross Taylor, who has announced his retirement from red-ball cricket. The onus will be on Tom Latham to guide the Kiwis to the finishing line against an in-form Proteas lineup.
On the other hand, South Africa are unbeaten this year and are coming into this series on the back of a 2-1 Test win and 3-0 ODI win over the heavyweights India. They came back from behind to seal the Test series owing to a gritty and all-round performance. The Proteas will be high on confidence with that result and will now be aiming to continue their winning run.
Match: New Zealand vs South Africa, 1st Test
Date & Time: 17th February 2022, 3:30 AM IST
Venue: Hagley Oval, Christchurch
The wicket at the Hagley Oval is a paradise for seamers. There’s a lot of grass cover on the surface which will be a pleasing sight for the fast bowlers. The batters will be at their toes owing to the seam movement offered by the pitch.
The temperature in Christchurch is expected to hover around 12 degrees celsius. The weather will be clear with periodic clouds but with only a 14% chance of precipitation with humidity being around 90% and wind speed at 5 kmph.
NZ vs SA Probable Playing XI
Tom Latham(C), Devon Conway, Will Young, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell(WK), Colin de Grandhomme, Daryll Mitchell, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Matt Henry,
Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar(C), Keegan Petersen, Rassie Van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Kyle Verreynne(WK), Wiaan Mulder, Simon Harmer, Kagiso Rabada, Marco Jansen, Lungi Ngidi
NZ vs SA Dream11 Team
Tom Blundell, Dean Elgar, Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Keegan Petersen, Temba Bavuma, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee
Captain: Temba Bavuma | Vice-captain: Devon Conway
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