England will face off against New Zealand in the second Test match of the Kiwis tour of England. The first game ended in a draw. Both teams will want to win this match, as it would help them win the series. There could be some interesting things to look out for in this game of cricket, with the two teams battling hard once again for a win.
Was deciding not to chase down 273 in 75 overs on the final day when they were performing well with a cricket bat a fair choice? Well, no one will ever know. Except for Rory Burns and Ollie Robinson, everyone else was close to ordinary in the first Test. Robinson will not be playing the second game though. A 1-0 win is what Joe Root needs to kick off the summer and gain confidence before the India series and Ashes.
England Squad: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root(c), Ollie Pope, Daniel Lawrence, James Bracey(w), Craig Overton, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Sam Billings, Olly Stone, Jack Leach, Ollie Robinson, Haseeb Hameed
The visitors will like to warm up and explore all their option before they play India in the World Test Championship final later this month. Williamson’s decision of picking Devon Conway paid off as the 29-year-old shattered several record in his debut innings. Kane Williamson will miss the match and Tom Latham will fill in for him. Trent Boult coming in means one amongst Mitchell Santner and Wagner might have to go the bench.
New Zealand Squad: Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(w), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Doug Bracewell, Will Young, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry, Devon Conway, Ajaz Patel, Daryl Mitchell, Rachin Ravindra
England and New Zealand have faced each other 106 times in Test matches. England have won 48 matches and the Kiwis have emerged victorious on 11 occasions.
New Zealand have got a reinforcement in form of Trent Boult. Boult and Southee will be seen in full action. Considering the team balance and form, the visitors should have a good practice before the WTC final and win the series. England will have to get all their guns firing to stop New Zealand.
Date and Time:
June 10, 2021, 3:30 PM IST