On the 2nd of June, starting 3:30 pm IST, England will take on New Zealand in the first test match of a bilateral series. The game will be played at Lord’s Cricket ground in London.
The toss will be crucial on the first morning as it will set up the tone of the match for the coming days. For the first three days the pitch is expected to be good for bating and increased spin in the ball will start changing the dynamic of the game on the fourth and fifth days.
In case of a cloudy forecast, things can take a different direction. Excessive swing in the ball will make it increasingly difficult for the batsmen to get a grip on the initial stages of the match. To win both the teams will have to bat well for the first two sessions.
It's the dawn of a new era in the world of English cricket and a new start for the team under the coaching of Brendon McCullum and captain Ben Stokes. It will be a stimulating clash between the teams.
TFG Fantasy Stars for ENG vs NZ
Ollie Pope: A player with plenty of potential, consistency, and good fielding skills in the slip position. He has played 23 tests matches and scored 1032 runs, including a century and six fifties, with an average of 28.66. An attractive player to watch when he bats at the crease, he will have the world at his feet if he guards the blazing talent that he possesses.
Alex Lees: One of the newer faces in English test team, he has played 3 test matches, scoring 126 runs and holding an average of 21.0. The 29 year old has a great sense of timing the ball.
Joe Root: Playing against seven different opponents, at thirteen different grounds, with an average of 49.2 in his test career so far, he has scored 9889 runs in 117 test matches. 25 test Centuries to his credit, he is a marvellous player who plays the cover drive and the sweep shots glowingly well and has a good arm on the field.
Kane Williamson: With a bowling economy rate of 3.36, taking 30 wickets with the ball, scoring 7272 runs with the bat, he has played 86 test matches with an average of 53.5 in his test career so far. A world class batsman, fantastically brilliant player and a shrewd captain, he times the ball as smoothly as silk.
Tom Latham: He has played 65 matches and scored 4502 runs with with an average of 41.7. He is a gritty and determinant batsman and he is very safe with the gloves. He has taken 76 catches behind the stumps.
Will Young: A promising player for New Zealand, he has played 9 matches and scored 439 runs holding an average of 31.4. Easy with both spin and pace, he can play beautifully through the covers and is quick across the turf .
Possible 11: ENG
Ollie Pope , Alex Lees , Joe Root, Harry Brook, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, James Anderson , Stuart Broad, Jack Leach.
Possible 11: NZ
Tom Latham, Will Young, Kane Williamson , Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Hamish Rutherford, Neil Wagner, Kyle Jamison , Tim Southee, Trent Boult.
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