ENG vs NZ Today Match Prediction: The purest format of the game is back! England will host New Zealand for a 2 match Test series starting on June 2nd. The series which was planned in January over a mutual agreement between the ECB and the New Zealand cricket board is not a part of the World Test Championship nor the ICC’s future tours program. Yet this series will go ahead as planned despite the tight schedule in the coming months. England has rested its IPL players and will use this as an opportunity to test their fringe players. Whereas New Zealand will be at full strength and will use this series as preparation ahead of the World Test Championship final against India later this month.
In ENG vs NZ Dream 11 Prediction, let’s see player stats and team form next.
Joe Root: England captain has scored 565 runs and has picked up 8 wickets from his last 5 Test matches.
James Anderson: The veteran has picked up 21 wickets from the last 5 Test matches and is expected to be on song in the seaming Lord’s wicket.
Other valuable choices: Stuart Broad
Kane Williamson: He is in the form of his life and has scored 736 runs from his last 5 Test matches including a double hundred and a triple hundred
Tom Latham: He was consistent in the last few matches and has scored 307 runs in his last 5 Test matches.
Other Valuable Picks: Tim Southee, Devon Conway, Neil Wagner
ENG playing 11 (likely): Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (c), Ollie Pope, James Bracey(wk), Dan Lawrence / Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
NZ playing 11 (likely): Devon Conway, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Dough Bracewell, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner
Head-to-Head (Test format)
Records at Lord’s (Test format)
Current Test Rankings
With a full-strength squad at their disposal, NZ has a strong chance than ever before. They have been pretty dominant in the last few year’s and it’s a perfect opportunity to seal a Test victory at Lord’s. England batting unit is without the experience of Stokes and Buttler, but still has what it takes to overpower Kiwis at their home turf. Expect a close contest with a slight advantage in favour of the visiting team.
Today match score: Average first innings score on this ground is 312.
Today pitch report: The wicket in Lord’s is a balanced one and will be better to bat on for the first three days. Batting may seem difficult in the last two days and hence it is better to bat first on winning the toss. For the fast bowlers, a good amount of swing is also on offer.
Who won the last match: The last Test match between these two sides was won by England.
Schedule: ENG vs NZ, 1st Test, 3:30 PM IST
Where to Watch ENG vs NZ Live Score and Stream: Sony Sports Channels