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| On Feb 15, 2022 9:30 PM IST

NZ vs SA: Possible New Zealand Playing 11 for 1st Test


NZ Playing 11: The New Zealand team will be up against the South Africa team in the 1st test of their home series at Hagley Oval, Christchurch. The New Zealand team tied their last test series against Bangladesh, with the series equation being 1-1.

The former World Test Championship Winners, New Zealand are at 6th position in the 2021-23 Cycle, and would look to improve their performance, especially at their own backyard. The likes of Tom Latham, Devon Conway, and Trent Boult, who were the best performers of the team in the last series will be crucial to the team’s prospects against South Africa team as well.


Team News

  • Cam Fletcher and Blair Tickner earned their maiden call up to the test squad.
  • Colin De Grandhomme and Hamish Rutherford make a comeback into test squad.
  • Tom Latham to lead the side in the absence of injured Kane Williamson.
  • Ross Taylor has retired from international cricket, and Colin De Grandhomme is likely to replace him in the Playing 11.
  • Trent Boult unavailable for first test, and Blair Tickner can feature in this game.

NZ Playing 11 (likely)

1. Tom Latham (c)
2. Will Young
3. Devon Conway
4. Henry Nicholls
5. Daryl Mitchell
6. Colin De Grandhomme
7. Tom Blundell(wk)
8. Kyle Jamieson
9. Tim Southee
10. Neil Wagner
11. Blair Tickner

New Zealand Squad

Tom Latham (c), Tom Blundell (wk), Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Cam Fletcher, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Rachin Ravindra, Hamish Rutherford, Tim Southee, Blair Tickner, Neil Wagner, Will Young.

Who are Dream11 captain, vice captain picks for New Zealand vs South Africa from NZ

1. Tom Latham Stats in Tests

The captain of the New Zealand team has displayed consistency to provide contribution in test matches for the past few years. In the last home series, he scored 267 runs in 2 matches.

Matches Runs Average
Tests 63 4486 42.72
Last Home Series 2 267 89


2. Tim Southee Stats in Tests

The experienced campaigner will be looking to be the top bowler for the team in this test series. In 83 Tests, he has scalped 329 wickets and can be the differential pick.

Matches Wickets 5w
Tests 83 329 13
Last 3 Tests 3 15 1

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Harshit Rathi

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