England vs New Zealand: England begins its home season against the Black Caps who are in the UK for the two-match Test series beginning June 2. The Black Caps will bank on every opportunity as they face the hosts ahead of the World Test Championship finals against India. This will be the perfect practice for Kane Williamson and his men for adapting to the English conditions.
ENG vs NZ first Test will take place at the Lord’s Cricket Ground with spectators also returning to the stadium for witnessing the contest. The first Test match of the series will also see some new faces making their debut on both sides. New Zealand cricket captain Kane Williamson already confirmed that Devon Conway would make his debut following his half-century in the intra-squad game.
On the other hand, the likes of Dan Lawrence, Ollie Robinson, and James Bracey may also get debut caps in the series. Sam Billings could also be in contention for a Test debut for England following Ben Foakes’ injury that ruled him out of the series.
England vs New Zealand Probable Playing XI:
England: Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root, Ollie Pope, Dan Lawrence, James Bracey, Craig Overton/Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood/Jack Leach, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
New Zealand: Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin De Grandhomme/Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner/Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner
England vs New Zealand Pitch report:
The last time both sides faced each other on the same venue was in the riveting finals of the 2019 World Cup. The hosts had the last laugh following a dramatic two super over rounds. This time the format is different and a lot changes in the pitch in the course of five days. Slight overcast weather this week as the match will proceed and the presence of a bit of humidity. Talking about the pitch, it is going to favor more to the batsmen than the bowlers. There will be assistance for the seamers and which generally Lord’s offers.
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Match Date & Time: June 2, 11:00AM Local (3:30 PM IST)