Recap: New Zealand v Sri Lanka, first test as Black Caps start ICC Test Championship

New Zealand have banished the anguish of the Cricket World Cup final loss to one side and are back into test mode.

The newly minted ICC Test Championship begins for both countries in this two-match series, which should be evenly contested in Sri Lankan conditions.

Where: Galle International Stadium, Galle, Sri Lanka.

Start: Wednesday-Sunday, 4pm or 4.30pm start time (NZT) (dependent on rain previous day).

How to watch on TV: Live on Sky Sport 2.

Live stream: Available via the Sky Go app for Sky Sport subscribers or via the soon-to-be-defunct Fan Pass, which will be replaced by Sky Sport Now from August 14.

Weather forecast: Warm temperatures are forecast for Galle during the test, but the threat of thunderstorms on each scheduled match day could mean possible stoppages.

Squads:

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Tom Blundell, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Todd Astle, Tim Southee, Will Somerville, Neil Wagner, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult.

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Janith Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya De Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Embuldeniya, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Oshada Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando.

Storylines:
* Make or break for Todd Astle
* Washout leaves batsmen short
* Midas coach: Stead one year on
* Captain gets recall v Black Caps
* How Black Caps pick a number

Prediction: New Zealand start as slight favourites, even on an expected turner against the hosts, who are down on confidence. If the weather is as bad as the meteorologists predict, this one could be headed for a draw, which is the way we'll go.

New Zealand's Will Somerville, right, and Ajaz Patel on the third day of the first test cricket match.
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New Zealand's Will Somerville, right, and Ajaz Patel on the third day of the first test cricket match.

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