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Matthew Bell recalled to New Zealand test team for Bangladesh series

Matthew Bell recalled to New Zealand test team for Bangladesh series

Opening batsmen Matthew Bell has been recalled after five years to the New Zealand cricket team for its two-test series against Bangladesh starting Friday.
Bell played the most recent of his 13 tests against Australia in the 2001-2002 season before being discarded as New Zealand repeatedly reshaped its opening partnerships. He has made one century and two half centuries in tests, averaging 22 in 23 innings.
Bell scored 722 runs at an average of 103 and with a top score of 265 in domestic first-class matches this season.
Australian-born opener Mathew Sinclair has also been offered the chance to expand on his 27-test career with his inclusion in New Zealand's 12-man squad, captained by Daniel Vettori.
Sinclair has three test centuries, including two double centuries, and an average of 35 in tests but he has failed to cement a place in the New Zealand team because of inconsistent performances.
Craig Cumming is the other opener named in the New Zealand squad, holding his place after New Zealand's recent series against South Africa.
Michael Mason and Iain O'Brien have been included in New Zealand's seam bowling lineup, with Kyle Mills and Chris Martin, in the absence of Shane Bond who is injured.
O'Brien has played only four test matches, most recently against South Africa in South Africa where he took three wickets at an average of 64.
Mason has played only one previous test match, against South Africa in the 2003-2004 season, a match in which he failed to take a wicket.
The first test is at Dunedin and the second at Wellington from Jan. 12-16. Spinner Jeetan Patel will be added to the New Zealand squad for the Wellington test.
New Zealand: Daniel Vettori (captain), Brendon McCullum (vice-captain), Matthew Bell, Craig Cumming, Stephen Fleming, Peter Fulton, Chris Martin, Michael Mason, Kyle Mills, Iain O'Brien, Jacob Oram, Mathew Sinclair.


Updated : 2021-08-04 19:37 GMT+08:00