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12:00 AM, February 22, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, February 22, 2019

Wounded Tigers reach Christchurch

After being whitewashed in the three-match ODI series, a demoralised Bangladesh team reached Christchurch yesterday, where they will be looking to overcome the disappointment and gear up for the upcoming three-match Test series against New Zealand.

The Tigers will play a two-day practice game from tomorrow in Lincoln before heading to Hamilton for the first Test. However, there are still a few injury concerns for the visitors.

The team management have kept Soumya Sarkar in the Test squad owing to an injury to Mohammad Mithun, who suffered a hamstring injury in the second ODI which led him to miss the third and final game.

Mushfiqur Rahim is also struggling from multiple injuries. The wicketkeeper-batsman, who has a broken rib, is also dealing with a wrist injury and to make matters worse, the right-hander endured a blow to his finger while batting in the third ODI.

There was speculation that the team management would keep Sabbir Rahman, who struck a maiden ODI hundred in the third game, for the Test series. However, it was eventually finalised that the right-hander would return home today with Rubel Hossain.

While Mithun is a near-certainty to miss the first Test, there is also uncertainty about whether Mushfiqur will be able to recover in time with only six days in hand.

Meanwhile, the remaining members of the Test side such as Ebadat Hossain, Abu Jayed, Khaled Ahmed and Shadman Islam practised in Christchurch during the ODI series while left-arm spinner Taijul Islam also joined the squad.

Shadman had a promising Test debut at home against the West Indies in November last year, scoring 76 and, more importantly, displaying a lot of composure.

Although it is the 23-year-old's first time in New Zealand, Shadman was confident he could negotiate the seam-friendly conditions well.

"I got some time here to adjust with the weather. I have also played in England before and the weather [here] is pretty similar. But the wicket here has some extra bounce and there are strong winds in New Zealand but I will try to not take extra pressure and play my own game and remain positive,"Shadman told The Daily Star.

Shadmanbelieves it will be challenging to cope with the swing and bounce but he added that it would be important to survive the first two hours of the innings, opining that the pitch would become easier for batsman later on.

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