Exactly one month since they ended up losing to England in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Lord’s, the New Zealand cricket team will play its first international match.
In Galle from Thursday, Kane Williamson’s New Zealand return to Test cricket in the first of two matches against hosts Sri Lanka.
This Test marks both team’s entrance into the new ICC World Test Championship.
New Zealand have a chance of securing the top spot in Test cricket in th two-match series from Wednesday. New Zealand, with 109 points in Test cricket, are ranked behind India on 113 points, but a 2-0 series win in Sri Lanka will see the Kiwis leapfrog the Asian heavyweights.
New Zealand trained at the Galle International Stadium on Monday ahead of the first Test.