Having played to stalemates in 20-over and 50-over forms, New Zealand and England meet in the first test of a two-match series that should again be close.
England beat New Zealand on a count back of boundaries in the final of the 50-overs World Cup in July when the teams couldn't be separated after 100 overs and after a tie-breaker Super Over.
In their more-recent Twenty20 series in New Zealand, England took a 3-2 series win when the fifth match was decided by a Super Over.
Relying on an impressive home record, New Zealand hopes to avoid a similar cliff-hanger in the five-day format that opens Thursday. Drubbed by Australia in the Ashes series in September, England rebuilds under new coach Chris Silverwood.
New Zealand's home advantage is formidable. It has won 10 of its last 12 test series at home — 10 of its last 15 tests — and hasn't lost to England in the last six tests between the teams in New Zealand.
New Zealand has a stable lineup and many of its key players, including captain Kane Williamson, are playing in their own backyard.
Williamson counts as his home ground Bay Oval in the coastal township of Mount Maunganui, which will host a test match for the first time.
Williamson lacks time in the middle due to recent injuries, but has two centuries in his last four innings against England.
The Kiwi captain and teammates Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls have all averaged more than 60 over the last two seasons, forming an established batting lineup with Jeet Raval, Ross Taylor and Colin de Grandhomme.
Medium pacer de Grandhomme and left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner provide bowling variation.
England's captain Joe Root is short of recent runs but has the chance, away from the searing spotlight of the Ashes series, to recover his form.
England has firebrand fast bowler Jofra Arthur, whose pace rattled Australia captain Steve Smith during the recent Ashes series. Members of the New Zealand A team, which played England in a recent warm-up match, were also startled by the pace.
New Zealand has chosen not to try to match Arthur, denying a test debut to its fastest bowler Lockie Ferguson. It will stick with its usual new ball partnership of Trent Boult and Tim Southee, supported by the workhorse Neil Wagner.
England has handed a debut to opener Dom Sibley as it continues to search for a stable opening partnership following the retirement of Alastair Cook. Sibley will open with his former Surrey teammate Rory Burns.
Ollie Pope remains at No. 6 for England, and left-armer Sam Curran has been chosen ahead of Chris Woakes.
"They've got some real world-class players," New Zealand coach Gary Stead said of England. "We'll have to be somewhere near the top of our game throughout the whole series."
Rafael Nadal kept Spain's hopes alive, then Marcel Granollers and Feliciano López completed the comeback in the decisive doubles match to give the hosts a 2-1 win over Russia in the inaugural Davis Cup Finals.
Granollers and López defeated Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev 6-4, 7-6 (5) to seal the victory for Spain in a marathon series that ended close to 2 a.m. local time (0100 GMT) on Wednesday.
The top-ranked Nadal earlier defeated Khachanov 6-3, 7-6 (7) to level the series 1-1 after Rublev had rallied to beat Roberto Bautista-Agut 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (0) in the first match.
"It was a difficult situation for us," López said. "We needed this win, otherwise we could be close to being out of the tournament. Now we are in a good position to advance."
Although only one of the matches reached three sets, it took nearly eight hours to complete the series at the "Caja Mágica" (Magic Box) center court. Spain will be back in action on Wednesday against defending champion Croatia. Russia beat Croatia on Monday.
In the revamped Davis Cup format debuting this year, teams play only two singles and a doubles in each tie, with the group winners advancing to the knockout stage along with the two best second-place finishers in the six groups.
"The format makes things very difficult because every mistake puts you in a position that you don't want to be," Nadal said. "And losing that first match, we were under pressure."
Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Britain's Andy Murray will make their first appearance on Wednesday. Serbia takes on Japan and Britain plays the Netherlands.
The Davis Cup Finals is being played in World Cup-style with all 18 teams playing in a single venue in the same week. It is the result of a 25-year partnership between the International Tennis Federation and Kosmos, a group co-founded by Barcelona soccer player Gerard Piqué.
The Braves are not promising Will Smith the closer's role.
Smith isn't complaining.
During his first news conference with his new team Tuesday, Smith said he's fine with pitching in any inning. The Georgia native said he's just happy to move close to home and to pitch "for an organization I grew up watching with my family."
A 30-year-old left-hander, Smith wore No. 47 as a kid because that was Atlanta left-hander Tom Glavine's number.
Smith agreed to a $40 million, three-year contract with the Braves on Thursday following an All-Star season with San Francisco. The free agent turned down a $17.8 million qualifying from San Francisco and agreed to a deal that includes a $13 million annual salaries and a $13 million club option for 2023 with a $1 million buyout.
The Braves continued to work on their bullpen by signing right-hander Chris Martin to a two-year, $14 million deal later Tuesday. Martin finished the 2019 season with Atlanta.
Smith's former clubhouse neighbor with the Giants, Mark Melancon, was 11 for 11 in saves opportunities with the Braves in 2019 following a midseason trade from San Francisco.
Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Melancon is expected to enter spring training as the closer. The GM noted the decision will be made by manager Brian Snitker.
It would not be a surprise if Smith wins the job. He posted a 2.76 ERA with a career-best 34 saves last season for San Francisco.
"Will Smith is one of the better relievers in the game," Anthopoulos said. "It's a big add for us. We made our bullpen a lot better today."
Left-hander Sean Newcomb, who started only four games before pitching well out of the bullpen last season, will have another opportunity to win a spot in the rotation. Anthopoulos said that decision was made before the team signed Smith.
Teams are increasingly willing to utilize elite relievers in clutch situations before the ninth inning. Anthopoulos said he could foresee Smith being called on in the seventh or eighth innings, depending upon matchups and game situations.
Smith endorsed that strategy. He said a successful bullpen is filled with pitchers who see themselves as "the closer of that inning," no matter when they enter a game.
"If everybody takes that attitude, I think we're going to be all right out there," he said.
Smith is a native of Newnan, Georgia — about 40 miles southwest of Atlanta. He said his family frequently attended Braves games.
With Smith playing home games in California, however, it was difficult for his Georgia family to follow his career.
"They would set an alarm for 12:45 to check the score and see if it was a save situation," Smith said.
Smith said playing so close to home "was huge" in his decision to sign with Atlanta. He said he also wanted to play for a winner, and the Braves have won two straight NL East division titles.
Atlanta struggled to find consistency at the back end of its bullpen last season. Anthopoulos made three trade-deadline deals to acquire relievers, adding Melancon, Shane Greene from Detroit and Martin from Texas.
Bullpen woes hurt the Braves in their NL Division Series loss to St. Louis. Atlanta led 3-1 going to the eighth inning of the opener, but Luke Jackson and Melancon struggled in a 7-6 loss.
Anthopoulos shot down any notion that he'll be looking to trade Greene after adding Smith.
"We're trying to have a deep bullpen," Anthopoulos said. "We like Shane. We're excited to have him."
Anthopoulos is looking for help at other spots, including third base. The team has made a qualifying offer to Josh Donaldson, who became a free agent after hitting 37 homers and driving in 94 runs with Atlanta.
Among other notable free-agent third basemen are Anthony Rendon and Mike Moustakas.
"There are a lot of good players out there," Anthopoulos said. "We're going to see if we can get something done."
If the Braves can't re-sign Donaldson or add another top third baseman, Johan Camargo and Austin Riley likely would compete for the job in spring training.
Dhaka, Nov 19 (UNB) - After winning the five–match Youth ODI series 3-0, Bangladesh Under-19 Cricket completed a 4-0 whitewash beating Sri Lanka Under-19 side by 50 runs in the 5th and last match at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Tuesday.
Towhid Hridoy created world record in youth cricket smashing 3 consecutive centuries.
Young Tigers started the Youth ODI series beating Sri Lanka by 5 wickets in the 2nd match at Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna as the first game was abandoned at the same venue due to cyclonic storm ‘Bulbul’.
The hosts took 2-0 lead thrashing the Islanders Sri Lanka by a huge margin of 161-run in the 3rd match at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram last Thursday and clinched the series 3-0 beating the visitors by 5 wickets in 4th match at the same venue last Sunday.
Electing to bat first in the day’s match, the Young Tigers scored 283 for 7 in 50 overs, riding on the 3rd consecutive century by Towhid Hridoy in the series.
Hridoy smashed 111 runs off 102 deliveries hitting 3 fours and 5 sixes while Prantik Nawrose Nabil added 65 off 77 featuring 4 fours and 2 sixes for the hosts.
Rohan Sanjaya bagged 2 wickets for 57 while Rodrigo, Wijesinghe, Perera and Thilakaratne took one wicket each.
In chasing target of 284 runs, the touring Sri Lanka were dismissed for 233 runs in 44.4 overs.
Ravindu Rasantha scored the team’s highest 84 runs off 92 balls hitting 9 fours and 2 sixes, Mohamed Shamaz added 40 and Perera 30 runs.
Shahin Alam and Hasan Murad bagged 2 wickets each conceding 46 and 47 runs respectively.
Towhid Hridoy was adjudged the man of the match as well as man of the series.
Earlier, the two-match four-day Youth Test series between the two teams ended in a draw.
The rain-hit first match ended in a draw at Abdur Rab Serniabat Stadium in Barishal on October 29 and the 2nd match also ended in a draw at Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna on November 5.
Dhaka, Nov 19 (UNB) - Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) announced a 20-member Bangladesh Olympic Football team for the upcoming South Asian (SA) Games scheduled to be held from December 1 to 10 in Nepal.
Bangladesh National team captain Jamal Bhuiyan will lead the team in SA Games.
Ahead of their SA Games campaign, Bangladeshi booters will made a 8-day residential training camp under Head Coach Jamie Day.
Team Manager Satyojit Das Rupu said the team are expected to fly for Nepal on November 29.
The 20-member Bangladesh Olympic Football team: Anisur Rahman, Pappu Hossain, Mahfuz Hasan Pritom, Yeasin Khan, Bishwanath Ghosh, Tutul Hosain Badsha, Rahmat Mia, Riyadul Hasan, Yeasin Arafat, Sushanto Tripura, Jamal Bhuiyan, Biplu Ahamed, Rabiul Hasan, Mahbubur Rahman, Md Al Amin, Nabib Newaz Jiban, Saad Uddin, Rakib Hossain, Arifur Rahman and Mohammad Ibrahim.