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Fuelling talk that he might call it a day in Test cricket, South African star batsman AB de Villiers pulled out of the upcoming series in New Zealand in March, although saying this was not a retirement call.

"Not yet. I'm not there yet," de Villiers was quoted as saying by ESPN on Tuesday. "The reason being that I just need to settle things in my head. Over the last few years something has come to mind, which is the fact that we haven't won a World Cup yet. And for me to make it to the 2019 World Cup, I can't really be serious in every format.

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Kane Williamson's unbeaten 104 helped New Zealand script a remarkable seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh on the final day of the first cricket Test match at the Basin Reserve on Monday.

Chasing 217 in a maximum of 48 overs, after Bangladesh was dismissed for 160 in its second innings, New Zealand reached the target in 39.4 overs to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

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A belligerent 41-ball 94 from Corey Anderson propelled New Zealand to a 27-run win in the last T20 against Bangladesh, sealing a 3-0 clean sweep, on Sunday. Anderson and Kane Williamson (60) put up a brisk 124-run stand to power the hosts to a huge 194 for 4 after being asked to bat at the Bay Oval in Mt Maunganui on Sunday.

Bangladesh raced to 82-1 in the ninth over, riding a rapid start from Tamim Iqbal (24) and Soumya Sarkar (42). But the introduction of New Zealand leg-spinner Ish Sodhi (2-22) and other slow bowlers checked their progress.

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Bangladesh limited overs captain Masrafe Bin Mortaza has fractured his right thumb during the third and final T20 international against New Zealand at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui today. The injury could keep him out of cricket for four to six weeks.

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Young paceman Taskin Ahmed has broken into the squad for the first Test against New Zealand while Mushfiqur Rahim made a return from injury for Bangladesh. Another pacer Rubel Hossain was also picked for the first Test.

Taskin is a regular in the limited-overs lineup. But taking injury risks into account, the selectors had kept him away from five-day cricket until now. Hints at the 21-year-old's call-up in Tests against New Zealand had come earlier.

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Colin Munro became the third New Zealand player to score a Twenty20 international century as his side secured a 47-run victory and wrapped up their three-match series against Bangladesh with a game to spare on Friday.

Munro blasted 101 (54 balls, seven fours and seven sixes) to join former captain Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill as New Zealand's other Twenty20 centurions. The hosts scored 195 for seven in their 20 overs at the Bay Oval ground. Bangladesh were bowled out for 148 in 18.1 overs.

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Luke Ronchi has been ruled out of Sunday’s final ANZ Twenty20 against Bangladesh, after suffering a tear to his right adductor during New Zealand's 47 run victory in the second T20 at Bay Oval on Friday.

The groin injury occurred while fielding and Ronchi will be replaced in the squad by uncapped Wellington wicket-keeper Tom Blundell.

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