New Zealand brutally axe Patel despite record-breaking display in last Test

Spinner Ajaz Patel has been brutally left out of New Zealand 's squad for their upcoming Test series against Bangladesh, despite his history-making performance in their last Test against India.

In the first innings of New Zealand's 372-run defeat to India earlier this month, Patel took all ten wickets, becoming just the third player in history to achieve the feat.

England's Jim Laker famously took all ten wickets in the second innings of the fourth Ashes Test in 1956, having already picked up nine wickets in the first innings.

Nobody was able to repeat Laker's feat until Anil Kumble picked up all ten in the second innings of India's 212-run win over Pakistan in 1999.

Patel matched their feat in Mumbai, but the 33-year-old has been dropped for the two-match series against Bangladesh.

With the series taking place at home, New Zealand have opted for all-rounder Rachin Ravindra as their sole spin option.

Explaining the decision to leave out Patel, head coach Gary Stead said: "You do feel for Ajaz after his record-breaking display in India.

"However, we've always applied a horses-for-courses selection policy and believe the players selected best fit the way we want to take on Bangladesh here at home."

Kane Williamson is also absent from the squad, with the Kiwi skipper dealing with a long-term elbow problem, and Tom Latham will captain the side in his absence.

"It's obviously disappointing not to have Kane available for this series but, as we noted in India, he is undergoing a sustained period of rest followed by rehabilitation, strengthening and gradual batting loading," Stead added.

"We have every confidence in Tom leading the side – he's done an excellent job in the past when called upon."

Opener Devon Conway returns to the side after missing the India tour due to a hand injury he sustained by punching his bat during New Zealand's T20 World Cup semi-final win over England.

Left-arm quick Trent Boult has also been named in the squad, having opted out of the India series due to bubble fatigue.

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