After the conclusion of 5 matches ODI series, both the teams have now shifted their focus towards the test series. England will play two test matches from tomorrow to April 03. The first test match starts tomorrow(March 22). The match will be played at Eden Park, Auckland from 02:00 PM Local or 06:30 AM IST.
ENG-L, W, W, L, W
NZ- W, L, L, W, L
Ross Taylor is fully fit and will definitely play in tomorrow’s match. BJ Watling and Todd Astle too get a chance as NZ skipper Kane Williamson has named the plying 11 for tomorrow’s game. Astle replaces injured Mitchell Santner.
England is yet to confirm the playing 11. However, most probably England will enter the field with 5 man attack i.e. Ben Stokes will come in.
Joe Root (c), Alastair Cook, Chris Woakes, James Vince, Dawid Malan, Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Moeen Ali, Mark Stoneman, James Anderson
Kane Williamson (c), Henry Nicholls, Tom Latham, Todd Astle, Jeet Raval, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult
Ross Taylor was in a great form in ODI series. All the eyes will be on him for New Zealand. Kane Williamson, Tom Lathom, Henry Nicholls, and Tim Southee are the others who will be important.
Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes, Joe Root and A Cook will be the key players for England.
As per the groundsmen, the wicket has a bit of grass than usual. However, the Eden Park is a slowish wicket and favors batting.
Avg 1st inn score-323
Avg 2nd inn score-304
Avg 3rd inn score-226
Avg 4th inn score-153
Highest Total-621/5 (200.1 Ov) by RSA vs NZ
Lowest Total-26/10 (27 Ov) by NZ vs Eng
Highest Chased-348/5 (69 Ov) by WI vs NZ
Lowest Defended-77/10 (45.1 Ov) by WI vs NZ
The first pink ball day-night test match in New Zealand begins tomorrow. After winning the ODI series by 3-2 England will now look to repeat the same in the test series. However, it won’t be that much easy. Kane Williamson and co. have a stronger batting line-up and a sheer pace attack which can outcast any opposition. However, with the likes of Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes, England too would be thinking to give a tough fight to the hosts. So, let’s see who takes an edge. Moreover, NZ will be favorites.
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