The second England versus New Zealand will start from June 10 at Edgbaston with the away side looking to get done with their final preparations ahead of the World Test Championship final against India from June 18 at Southampton.
The Blackcaps put on a good show against the hosts in the first Test at Lord’s before it ended in a draw on day five of the Test match. However, the Kiwis would be taking heart from the fact that they were the better team for most of the Test match.
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson came out after the second Test and said that he wants his side to ‘start afresh’ in the second Test from June 10.
Devon Conway and Tim Southee starred for the visitors with the former marking his Test debut with a brilliant double century while Southee took 6/43 in the first innings as New Zealand bagged a hefty lead of over 100 runs in the first innings against the home side. Henry Nicholls also showed some form with the bat, scoring 63 in the first innings.
Williamson also showed some heart by declaring the innings on the final day and giving the hosts a target of 275 runs from 75 overs. However, England could only manage 170/3 from 70 overs as the game ended in a draw.
England would be looking at the positives too with opener Rory Burns returning to form with a century. Burns scored 132 off 297 balls in the first innings as England folded for 275 in reply to New Zealand’s 378 in the first innings. Dominic Sibley also scored 60 in the second innings to show some sign of form ahead of the second Test.
However, England have been dealt with a setback with debutant Ollie Robinson suspended from international cricket by the English Cricket Board (ECB) pending an investigation. He has been charged because of racist and sexist tweets he sent as an 18-year-old.
Robinson scored 42 runs and took seven wickets in the game and was one of England’s best players of the match.
England added Dom Bess to the squad as a cover for Jack Leach, who despite being fit, might face issues because of quarantine and coronavirus rules.
New Zealand’s Trent Boult could also feature in the second Test after the relaxation of quarantine rules in the country. He had joined the New Zealand squad late last week after returning home following the suspension of the IPL.
England: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (C), Daniel Lawrence, Ollie Pope, James Bracey (WK), Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, James Anderson, Craig Overton, Sam Billings, Olly Stone, Jack Leach, Haseeb Hameed
New Zealand: Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (WK), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Tom Blundell, Doug Bracewell, Will Young, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry, Ajaz Patel, Daryl Mitchell, Rachin Ravindra.
The matches are going to be exciting and we are here to keep you updated on the wins and losses.