It was known earlier that New Zealand’s regular captain Kane Williamson will not be in the ODI series against Bangladesh due to an elbow injury. This time Ross Taylor, another batting great of the team, also leaves the team due to a hamstring injury. It is hoped that the 37-year-old experienced batsman will recover to play the final two ODI matches. All-rounder Mark Chapman has been named in the squad as Taylor’s replacement in the first ODI.
Bangladesh will play their first ODI against New Zealand in Dunedin on Saturday. New Zealand is in unforeseen circumstances due to Taylor’s absence. For the first time since 2014, neither Williamson nor Taylor are unable to play for New Zealand in an ODI. On the other hand, two New Zealand players are expected to make their debuts in the first ODI & the names are Devon Conway and Will Young. Even if Chapman has been called up as Taylor’s replacement, he will not be given a chance in the starting XI straightway. Conway’s debut is fairly certain. However, since Taylor is not playing, Young might find himself lucky.
Speaking to the media about Taylor’s condition, the team’s coach Gary Stead said, “Just before the start of the series, Ross got hurt like this. It’s really frustrating. The injury is not serious. Hopefully, he will be able to play in the second ODI to be held in Christchurch if he gets proper rest and treatment. ‘
Stead is also quite excited about Mark Chapman coming to the team in place of Taylor, ‘It is a very exciting time for Mark (Chapman) now. He has done very well in the recent T20s. Hopefully, he will be able to fulfill his responsibilities if given a chance in the ODIs.
New Zealand has not played an ODI for more than a year. They are going to remove the drought of not playing ODIs by coming down to the field against Bangladesh. The hosts, New Zealand have played a total of four ODIs since the 2019 World Cup final.
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