Recent Match Report – Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 1st Test 2022/23
Tim Southee won the toss on a green pitch under overcast conditions in Christchurch and put Sri Lanka into bat. Southee noted that the green tinge to the wicket was the reason for the decision.
New Zealand have made one change after their one-run win against England, bringing in Blair Tickner in place of Will Young. A four-pronged pace attack will include Southee, Tickner, Neil Wagner, and Blair Tickner, who recovered from back spasms in time to make the team.
Sri Lanka go in with three seamers and have picked Prabath Jayasuriya as their spinner. Dhananjaya de Silva is a potential fifth-bowling option.
New Zealand: 1 Tom Latham, 2 Devon Conway (wk), 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Henry Nicholls, 5 Daryl Mitchell, 6 Tom Blundell (wk), 7 Michael Bracewell, 8 Tim Southee (capt), 9 Matt Henry, 10 Neil Wagner, 11 Blair Tickner
Sri Lanka: 1 Oshada Fernando, 2 Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), 3 Kusal Mendis, 4 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Dhananjaya de Silva, 7 Dinesh Chandimal, 8 Kasun Rajitha, 9 Asitha Fernando, 10 Prabath Jayasuriya, 11 Lahiru Kumara