Zimbabwe bats in 1st test against New Zealand

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (AP) Graeme Cremer won the toss and chose to bat in the first test against New Zealand on Thursday, Zimbabwe's return to the five-day format after a gap of nearly two years.

Both teams will be under new captains for the first time in test cricket, with New Zealand's Kane Williamson leading the visitors and Cremer the hosts.

Williamson has experienced players in Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor alongside him in New Zealand's lineup.

Zimbabwe selected three players to make their test debuts: Batsmen Chamu Chibhabha and Prince Masvaure, and seam bowler Michael Chinouya.

The Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo last hosted a test back in 2011, a game featuring the same two teams.

Lineups:

Zimbabwe: Graeme Cremer (captain), Chamu Chibhabha, Brian Chari, Hamilton Masakadza, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Prince Masvaure, Regis Chakabva, Donald Tiripano, Michael Chinouya.

New Zealand: Kane Wiliamson (captain), Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, BJ Watling, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult.