ENG vs NZ Stats : England will take on New Zealand in the first of two Test matches at Lord’s in London from Wednesday, 2 June. England will look to kick off their new home season on a winning note and earn some important rating points while New Zealand will look to take this series for their preparation ahead of the World Test Championship final against India.
England’s recent performance in this format hasn’t been that good as they suffered a big series loss in India earlier in March and now for this series they have picked a few new players. The likes of Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Ben Stokes haven’t been picked and new comers like James Bracey, Ollie Robinson, Craig Overton should get opportunities. In batting Joe Root, Ollie Pope, Rory Burns and Zak Crawley will be the key players while in bowling they have experienced James Anderson and Stuart Broad and for their support Jake Leach in spin and the likes of Mark Wood, Ollie Stone, Craig Overton and Ollie Robinson are there for third pacer’s role.
On the other side, New Zealand have been good in this format for the last one year but it’ll be a big Test for them to play against England in England. Captain Kane Williamson along with Ross Taylor and Tom Latham will have to lead from front and then in bowling Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson and Neil Wagner have to do the job in the absence of Trent Boult who has been rested for this series.
A list of all the major stats and records ahead of the first Test between England and New Zealand in Lord’s.
Head to Head in Test Cricket : England and New Zealand have played 105 Tests against each other.
ENG vs NZ in Test Cricket :
Matches – 105
ENG won – 48
NZ won – 11
Drawn – 46
1 – New Zealand have won only 1 out of 17 Test matches at Lord’s. The win came against England in June 1999.
12.35 – James Anderson has taken 14 wickets at 12.35 in 4 Test matches he has played this year.
30.88 – Kane Williamson averages only 30.88 in Test cricket in England. He has scored 247 runs in 8 innings with 1 hundred there.
60 – Both Stuart Broad and James Anderson have taken 60 plus wickets against New Zealand in Tests. Broad has 66 wickets while Anderson has 60 wickets against them.
100 – Stuart Broad (94) needs 6 more wickets to become the 2nd bowler after James Anderson (103) to take 100 or more Test wickets at Lord’s.
778 – New Zealand wicket keeper BJ Watling has scored 778 runs at 55.57 in 15 Test innings with 2 hundreds against England.
794 – Joe Root has scored 794 runs at an average of 66.16 in 12 innings with 3 hundreds in Test cricket this year and all his runs have come outside home.
4000 – Tom Latham needs 71 more runs to complete 4000 runs in Test cricket.