England vs. New Zealand: Second Take a look at, Day One – Reside!


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England wins the roll and will beat

Joe Root has first pick and although Trent Boult sounds delighted with the pitch in a pre-game interview, England will choose to beat first.

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Team forecasts

There are many moves to be made with these two teams. New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson is on hiatus with tendinitis on his elbow to make sure he's fit for the WTC finals, which means NZ Test Captain # 30 will step in the breach. Tom Latham has already represented the job in two different individual cases. Mitchell Santner has this cut on his spinning finger that made him bleed all over his whites at Lord & # 39; s so it's out and presumably Ajaz Patel will be his spinning replacement. Tim Southee will most likely rest to make sure he's fresh for Southampton and that also gives Trent Boult a chance to come back to the side and remove some rust after the IPL debacle. I'd guess they'll keep Kyle Jamieson in side so the younger bowler rolls ahead of the big game ahead, but Matt Henry is a quality substitute when a break is needed, and he got on that floor in the World Cup semi-finals 2019.

Then there is a late update for New Zealand: BJ Watling has back pain and will miss this match too. Tom Blundell will replace him as wicketkeeper.

As for England, the top 7 are likely to stay as they are. Ollie Robinson is banned, but England would have wanted to bring a weirdo for this game anyway, so Jack Leach will come right in. England may also want to take a test at Craig Overton or Olly Stone before Chris Woakes and Sam Curran become available again for the upcoming India series. That would mean resting Mark Wood, which might be preferred in back-to-back testing, and / or leaving out Stuart Broad. James Anderson will not be absent as we have already seen ECB posts online as he will stop by Alastair Cook this week to become England's best player. Bowlers who only play test cricket are unlikely to find it good being "rested" if there is a month and a half before their next engagement in England.

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Hello World. It's cricket time. England and New Zealand are deciding on this brief two-test affair – two Tests cannot really be called a series – which essentially serves to prepare New Zealand for the final of the Test World Cup. Very athletic from the hosts to bet on the hospitality, while the Indian players should have only just come from the IPL, but had a little more time since the half-time cancellation.

Edgbaston is the venue for the current game, where seam bowlers tend to be successful when something is on the field, but a few big points can be scored when a punch pair is set up. It will be interesting to see what kind of surface is being served.

There are no World Test Championship points at stake this week, but a possible win is possible. The first Test lost a full day of rain, plus a series of overs to slow bowling rates, and ended up as a fairly unexciting tie when England decided not to try and pursue the goal they set on day five would have. They have received some criticism for this safety-first approach while others scoffed that such people clearly do not understand good old-fashioned test cricket.

That's the scene. Let's go.


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