10-wicket hero Ajaz Patel misses out on NZ test squad

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Ajaz Patel’s historic feat of taking 10 wickets in a test innings was not enough to secure his place in New Zealand’s squad for a home series against Bangladesh. Offspinner Patel became only the third player in test history — after England’s Jim Laker and India’s Anil Kumble — to take all 10 wickets in an innings when he claimed 10-119 in the second test against India earlier this month.

But he was absent Thursday from New Zea-land’s 13-man squad for a two-test series against Bangladesh, beginning on Jan. 1.

The squad includes fast bowlers Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner and Matt Henry along with medium pace allrounder Daryl Mitchell and only one spin option, allrounder Ra-chin Ravindra.

The tests will be played at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui and Hagley Oval in Christ-church which are expected to favor quicker bowlers. “You do feel for Ajaz after his record-breaking display in India.

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