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England vs New Zealand: England are back with a new captain, coach, managing director, and a new vision as they look to make Test Cricket great again in England. They have a lot of work ahead as they take on the World Test Champions, New Zealand, and with all the new around they will still be pleased to see their old battle horses, James Anderson and Stuart Broad back in the side.
New Zealand are back in England an year after one of their best tours of the country. Last time they came, they beat England in a Test series and then walked away as World Champions, beating India in the World Test Championship finals. They are in transition though, with Ross Taylor and BJ Watling retired while Kane Williamson is coming back after a long gap due to an elbow injury.
Their case though isn’t as bad as England as New Zealand still have their bowling attack intact. England will be bringing a new pacer to join Anderson and Broad, who are coming back themselves, and they will also be trying Ollie Pope at number three. The approach is likely to be new from England with a new captain and coach as they have a lot of recovery work ahead of them.
Match: England vs New Zealand
Date: 2nd June 2022
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Venue: Lords, London
There has been rain around over the last few days and rain is expected through the England vs West Indies Test match, while there is likely to be some heavy cloud cover.
The Lord’s pitch has been better for batting this season but with rain and clouds around some early swing is expected. Batting second may be better on a grassy and damp surface that is likely to make the ball move a lot during the England vs New Zealand.
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England vs New Zealand Predicted Playing XI
England Playing XI
Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (capt), Ben Foakes (wk), Matthew Potts, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.
New Zealand Playing XI
Tom Latham, Will Young, Kane Williamson (capt), Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Matt Henry/Ajaz Patel.
- England have already named their eleven on the eve of the match with Ben Stokes leading the side.
- New Zealand might be without Trent Boult, who has just returned after playing the IPL Finals. In his place, Ajaz Patel or Matt Henry are likely to come in.
Joe Root is coming back into the ranks after a player, having given his best to hold on to the Test Captaincy, but struggling to meet its demands. At 31, he still has a long way to go in his Test career, and will be gearing up for a new chapter in his career, eager to start strong and continue carrying the team as he has over the last few years.
Due to an elbow injury, Kane Williamson has only managed one Test over the last year. He has gone through a dismal IPL as well, but now back in the long format, Kane Williamson will be keen to get some runs, in the England vs New Zealand Test, under his belt and prove his ability as a batter overseas.
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England vs New Zealand Indies Match Tips
On paper, both sides have some wonderful names, especially with Broad and Anderson back. However, given England’s recent form and the experiments on offer, such as Ollie Pope at number three, a more stable New Zealand side may have a better chance of winning this Test match.
Match Prediction: New Zealand will win the match