Sometimes no matter how well you play, the elements just don’t let you win. On this occasion, the first match could actually have gone either way, with more of a chance for New Zealand had they not been desperate to finish their innings with enough time left for England to realistically be bowled out. The series continues to stand even, and both teams will be eager to bag the win - especially the Kiwis, who haven’t won an away series against a high-ranked team in years. Before Root’s men meet Williamson’s, let’s take a look at how they did last time.
Predicted XI for 2nd Test vs New Zealand
Joe Root (c), James Anderson, James Bracey (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Dom Bess, Dom Sibley, Ollie Pope, Olly Stone, Haseeb Hameed.
England team preview and form
Following the unfortunate omission of Ollie Robinson over old tweets, England has to find a replacement for their highest wicket-taker in the first match. Asked to field first, England looked all but lost at one point before initiating a comeback with several rapid strikes, as the aforementioned Robinson took 4 and Mark Wood took 3. Their own first innings, however, lacked consistency across the board. Rory Burns shone with 132 and Joe Root and Robinson scored 42 each, but there were 4 ducks to offset that as the English could only limp to 275.
In their second turn with the ball, England did better. It was Robinson again with 3, and this time 3 others chipped in with 1 each before New Zealand declared early. Chasing 273 with only two sessions to go, It was Dom Sibley’s turn to score 60, with Root again getting 40 odd to take the team to 170/3 when the 5 days came to a close.
England key players for 2nd Test vs New Zealand
Dom Sibley: Coming back strong after a duck in the first innings, we suspect we’ll see better from Sibley.
Joe Root: Not the best kind of consistent, but Root was still strong and showed signs of good quality.
Mark Wood: Fast and versatile, Wood will definitely be a force for the visitors to have to deal with.
James Anderson: Old-school Anderson strikes just about as sure as the sun rises.
Predicted XI for 2nd Test vs England
Tom Latham (c), Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, Will Young, Mitchell Santner, Devon Conway (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Trent Boult, Tom Blundell, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee.
New Zealand team preview and form
The Black Caps showed plenty of resolve and quality to play the way they did, but they’ll have to prevent collapses like the one we saw if they want to win the series. Batting first, Devon Conway’s maiden Test saw him score a fantastic double ton before being run out, and with Henry Nicholls’ 61, took the score to 378 after not much else was done by the others. On the defense, good old Tim Southee was in his element as he struck 6 times, with Kyle Jamieson following with 3 more to take a 103-run lead.
The second innings was much more rushed due to the circumstances, and Tom Latham and Ross Taylor’s mid-30s scores were all that the Kiwis could boast about as they declared for 169, setting a target of 273. Neil Wagner came into form with stereo strikes, with Southee taking one, but no one else could disturb the batsmen as the days ran out to end the match in a draw.
New Zealand key players for 2nd Test vs England
Henry Nicholls: With Williamson most likely to be left out due to an elbow niggle, it will be up to Nicholls to fill the former’s immense shoes.
Devon Conway: Conway might just be the next Williamson as far as performing in all 3 formats goes.
Tim Southee: He might be rested, but if he’s not, Southee will most likely continue his excellent form.
Trent Boult: More than likely to play the second Test, Boult will look to impress to ascertain his presence in the WTC final.
England vs New Zealand 2nd Test pitch report and weather conditions
The pitch at Edgbaston is notorious for favouring speedsters, with plenty of movement and speed on offer. Batsmen will have to be very careful, and focus on settling in well before looking to score runs with ease. As the match goes on, spinners will also find the pitch supportive, but quicks will still have the last word.
Despite the constant presence of clouds, there shouldn’t be anything more than a drizzle other than on the very last afternoon of the match. Other than that, the weather will be on the cold side with a nice breeze and relatively high humidity.
Can the Kiwis get the win they were likely to get had rain not washed away the third day of the first match? Or will the English make the best of the conditions and take the series? Find out if our England versus New Zealand 2nd Test predictions come true starting Thursday!
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|D Sibley/J Root/Z Crawley (ENG), H Nicholls/D Conway/M Santner (NZ)|
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|D Sibley/J Root (ENG), H Nicholls/D Conway (NZ)|