Published:  12:00 AM, 11 January 2017

Tigers start to prepare for the first Test

Bangladesh have practiced yesterday at Basin Reserve before the 1st test against New Zealand. Tigers will face the Black Caps in the first test of the series from 12th instant. Bangladesh have lost all three ODIs and three T20s and the two Tests offer a chance for redemption. Also, the team is facing a new problem of injury. Already Mashrafe has been ruled out of action for four to six weeks due to the fractured thumb on the right hand during the third T20. Imrul Kayes and Tamim Iqbal also suffered minor injuries during Bangladesh's fielding effort. Tamim hurt his left thumb and also underwent an X-ray after the match. Kayes, who tripped over the advertisement boards while trying to attempt a catch, also hobbled off the field after falling on his left knee and did not bat during the last T20I. But, he, fortunately, has recovered and has joined the squad.

Despite these obstacles, Tigers are still expected to perform well in 1st Test. Taskin Ahmed, who is expected to make his Test debut, said Bangladesh were looking forward to taking to the green Wellington pitch. "The bowlers are pretty happy - it's greenish and hard, good to bowl on. We're going to enjoy it," he said. Bangladesh have confirmed they have a full squad to call on with captain Mushfiqur Rahim back to fitness after missing most of the limited-overs games with a hamstring injury.

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