England head to Christchurch in a bid to salvage some pride after having gone through the entire summer of the Southern Hemisphere without a Test win. Pressure is now mounting on England and Joe Root after having gone twelve overseas Test matches without a win and having suffered the ignominy of a 58 all-out at Auckland. While England's top-order has been at the heart of their red-ball cricket woes, in Auckland they have been done by pace, seam, and swing while their bowlers have produced very little of it themselves.
As for the hosts, who had a near perfect last game, the Test match at Christchurch gives them the opportunity to win their first home series against the English since 1984.
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How will the wicket play out?
While Bad light could be an issue owing to late summers, the pitch at Hagley Oval is set to provide another riveting contest between ball and bowl with the pitch offering a bit for everyone.
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While New Zealand would be hoping for their trio of pace attack in Boult, Southee, and Wagner to deliver the goods again, they'd be without Todd Astle, who has been ruled out due to a side-strain and will make way for leggie Ish Sodhi.
Playing XI: Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult
With Moeen Ali set to be dropped for the first time in his 50 Test career, a plethora of changes are expected into the English squad who are in search of “rational thinking” admitted by skipper Joe Root. The tourists have already named their 12-member squad for the second with Chris Woakes, who paid price for a wicketless display in Auckland, being the other casualty besides Ali. James Vince, Jack Leach, and under-fire batsman James Vince have all been included in the 12-member squad.
Team 12: Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, Joe Root (C), James Vince, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Jack Leach, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Craig Overton, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson
“It's becoming more and more difficult to go into other conditions, but what was so disappointing in Auckland was that it wasn't dissimilar to playing in England. As a batting group, it wasn't good enough because we've had plenty of experience in those conditions. We're trying to change the way we go about things to find the best way for us to get to 400 and take 20 wickets.” Joe Root
“Think it's a fairly even playing field. If we look back to the last game, it was nice to come out on the right side, but we know this English team was very well-balanced and talented side. They certainly showed that in the second half of the last game. Coming into tomorrow, I'm sure it will be a close game.” Kane Williamson
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