ENG Playing 11: With series on the stake, England will be facing New Zealand in the 2nd Test here at Edgbaston. The hosts started slowly in the first Test and were on the backfoot for most of the match. But a resolute display from their batters in the 2nd innings would give them confidence going into this match. Both teams have played 106 Tests in which England have won 48 while 11 matches have gone NZ’s way. Both teams have fairly even teams at the disposal and it is expected to be a fascinating contest.
Ollie Robinson’s suspension means there will be atleast one change in the England eleven from the last match. With the hosts struggling with the over rate, they are likely to bring in left-arm spinner Jack Leach to add more balance to their bowling lineup.
Joe Root (C)
James Bracey (wk)
Both Burns and Sibley got runs in the last match which is an excellent sign for England. They will need runs from youngsters like Crawley and Pope in order to support skipper Joe Root. The tail looks longer but Broad, Wood and Leach are capable of scoring some runs. Leach can be that crucial factor that England were missing in the last game. Anderson and Broad will have to play a key role if England are to win this game.
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 10-14 June and will start at 3:30 pm (IST).