ENG vs NZ 1st Test: The good news for all the cricket fanatics is that Test cricket is all set to make a comeback with the first England vs New Zealand Test match scheduled to begin from June 2 at the iconic Lord’s cricket ground in London. The upcoming two-match Test series against England will act as a great dress rehearsal for New Zealand ahead of the World Test Championship (WTC) Final against India starting from June 18. However, in a massive recent development, England’s Test captain Joe Root has reportedly suffered a huge injury scare which has put his availability in serious doubts for the 1st Test against the Kiwis.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, England skipper Joe Root was hit on his right hand while taking throwdowns from head coach Chris Silverwood during the practice sessions ahead of the first Test against New Zealand. The right-handed batsman is understood to have immediately left the nets for further treatment on the injured hand. The Daily Mail report further added that Root’s right hand was actually bruised and he may miss the Tuesday’s outdoor practice session as a precautionary measure. However, the 30-year-old England captain is very much certain to be available for the ENG vs NZ 1st Test starting on Wednesday.
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After his recent success in the subcontinent tours to Sri Lanka and India where he registered three successive 150+scores, Joe Root is a pivotal part of the England Test batting line-up especially in the absence of star players like Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow. Although, the duo of Haseeb Hameed and Sam Billings are also part of the England Test squad as they were called in as reserve following injury to wicket-keeper batsman Ben Foakes.
With Ben Foakes out of contention due to injury, James Bracey is certain to make his Test debut for England in the upcoming first Test against New Zealand. The first Test between England and New Zealand is scheduled from 2-6 June and the live cricket score and ball to ball commentary will be available on Sony Sports Network and Sony LIV app starting from 3:30 PM IST.
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