ENG Playing 11: It’s the start of the English summer and hosts England will be up against a strong New Zealand side in the first Test here at the iconic Lord’s. England have rested many of their players who were part of the IPL. The focus will be on their young guns who have performed well at county cricket. In the overall head-to-head record in Test cricket, England lead New Zealand with a whopping margin of 48-11. But this time, they will be up for a bigger challenge as New Zealand look well prepared and have a full strength team at disposal.
England will be missing several important players like Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Jofra Archer for different reasons. But it’s time for their exciting young players to make a mark here.
Joe Root (C)
James Bracey (wk)
Despite failing on subcontinent pitches, England will hope their top 3 can get amongst the runs here. Skipper Joe Root is likely to stick to his No. 4 position. Ollie Pope is likely to move up the order to No. 5 in Stokes’ absence. Wicketkeeper James Bracey and Ollie Robinson are likely to make a debut here. The experienced men Anderson and Broad will control the fast bowling duties.
Joe Root (Captain), James Anderson, Sam Billings, James Bracey, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Dom Sibley, Olly Stone, Mark Wood.
You can watch the ball by ball and the Live score coverage of the England vs New Zealand match on the Sony Sports Network and Sony Liv. The match will be played from 2-6 June and will start at 3:30 pm (IST).