ENG vs NZ 1st Test: England is all set to host New Zealand for a two-match Test series beginning their international summer with the 1st Test from 2-6 June at the iconic Lord’s cricket ground in London. These two Test matches will be the perfect preparation for New Zealand before the all-important inaugural ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final against India later on June 18 in Southampton. However, the visitors will be missing their premier pacer Trent Boult in the two-match Test series against England.
Earlier after the suspension of the Indian Premier League (IPL), New Zealand’s pace spearhead Trent Boult who was representing the Mumbai Indians in the T20 tournament, had requested New Zealand Cricket for a short break from the game during the two Test matches against England in order to spend some quality time with his family. Thus, after receiving proper clearance from the board, Boult alongwith national team trainer Chris Donaldson directly flew back to New Zealand after the IPL suspension.
“We’re completely supportive of Chris and Trent taking the opportunity to see their families before heading to the UK. They’ve always been the consummate professionals and we’re more than happy to accommodate these arrangements,” David White, the NZC chief executive, was quoted by ESPNcricinfo as saying.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has won the toss and opted to bat first against England in the first Test at the Lord’s. For England, the duo of James Bracey and Ollie Robinson have been handed their maiden Test caps while Devon Conway will be making his New Zealand Test debut on Wednesday. Despite fielding a full-strength side, the visitors will definitely miss the services of Trent Boult in the helpful English conditions but they have the likes of Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Kyle Jamieson and Colin de Grandhomme to fill the void.
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