Team India would look to make amends11 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneswar Kumar will make a comeback in the team.
After getting whitewashed 3-0 in the recently concluded ODI series against New Zealand, Virat Kohli led team India are gearing up for the 2-match Test series that starts from Feb 21 with the opening Test set to be played in Wellington. In the past 6 months, Virat Kohli's team have overpowered each opponent in the World Test Championship but New Zealand should prove worthy challengers in the next series. "We have prepared in a manner where our fitness levels and concentration levels are such that we can compete against anyone in the world," Kohli said. "That's the kind of confidence we will carry into this series." "Not saying this in a negative manner, but the crowd plays a massive role in England and Australia. You need to be in a zone where you need to be feisty and counter that from all angles," he said. "Playing at home they will have more control over what they do as a group so they will understand their plans much better."
Fast bowler Matt Henry has been called into the New Zealand squad ahead of the first Test against India. Henry will join the Test squad as cover for Neil Wagner, who's awaiting the birth of his first child. Earlier, New Zealand named Kyle Jamieson, over Mat Henry in the initial 13-man squad for India Test squad. Wagner remained at home in Tauranga as his team-mates assembled in the capital on Tuesday for Friday's first Test against India. New Zealand are expected to hand Jamieson a debut if Wagner fails to take part in the training session on Thursday morning ahead of the Test match. However, New Zealand will be happy with the return of their premium pacer Trent Boult, who is ready to challenge Indian Captain Virat Kohli on his return to international cricket during the two-Test series starting on Friday.
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