The England cricket team will take on New Zealand in the second Test of the two-match series on June 10, Thursday at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham. The rain-affected first Test ended in a draw after the third day's play got washed out. However, with both teams showcasing some brilliant individual performances. Cricket was back on the show.
New Zealand Test debutant Devon Conway grabbed his opportunity with both hands and broke plenty of records en route to his 347-ball 200. Tim Southee picked up six wickets in England's first innings with the bat, while Rory Burns fought back with a gritty 297-ball 129 to rescue England from a batting collapse. With the Kiwis setting a target of 273 Dominic Sibley played a rock-solid second inning, with England playing for a draw.
With the coming match resulting in a winner taking all, Can New Zealand build enough steam to carry confidence into the WTC final? Or will England raise doubts in the Kiwi camps?
Match Toss Time: 10:30 Local (15:00 IST)
Match Start Time: 11:00 Local (15:30 IST)
Match Venue: Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham
Head to Head
Matches Played: 106, ENG: 48, NZ: 11, Draw: 47
Chances of rain persisting with conditions looking grim on all five days. The match shouldn't see many interruptions by rain, with minimal chance of showers on Day 1 and Day 5. The gentle breeze blowing on all five days should aid the new ball bowlers, with the average temperature for this match should be around 23 degrees celsius.
The pitch at Edgbaston should be a bowler-friendly one offering more assistance to the pacers throughout the game. Batsmen need to aim to survive the new ball phase before looking to score runs, as the decent carry should help them once they get set in this pitch. Spinners should come into play in the second innings as the pitch gets more worn out, but wouldn't be the focus in both pace heavy attacks.
England will make some changes following Ollie Robinson's suspension after some of his old racist tweets came to the surface, with one of Olly Stone and Craig Overton vying for his place. Dom Bess has been roped in as the official replacement. The management could also be tempted to bring in Jack Leach, who had a wonderful tour in India.
The Kiwi management will be happy with their player's performances in the first test, considering how they dominated in various facets of the game. The camp will be undecided on resting key players or playing them for match practice with the upcoming WTC final around the corner.
Probable Playing XI
England (ENG): Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Dominic Sibley, Joe Root, Daniel Lawrence, James Bracey, Ollie Pope, Craig Overton, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, Mark Wood, James Anderson
New Zealand (NZ): Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee.
Devon Conway has spectacularly introduced himself scoring a double century on debut. Joe Root has also shown strength in batting, looking for a big score in the coming match. James Anderson and Kyle Jamieson are our other must-picks.
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