England missing key players for two-match series
New Zealand will bank on the two-match series against England starting June 2 to get a hang of the English weather ahead of the crucial World Test Championship final clash against India on June 18. However, New Zealand’s odds aren’t great despite them being the first team to qualify for the WTC final. They last won a Test match in England in 2015 and before that 1999.
England, on the other hand, named a depleted side with a few players missing as they play this two-match series that does not have much of a context for them. Their quicks are a genuine threat at home in these conditions.
Head to head records are in favour of England
New Zealand won the last Test in England in 2015 between these sides and last lost a Test to England also in 2015. They’re unbeaten in their last five Test matches against England, and have been in spectacular form in the WTC, although they mostly played at home.
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Overall, New Zealand have won 11 and lost 48 Tests to England with 46 matches drawn. The Blackcaps have only won 5 of the 50 Tests between these sides in England.
Keep an eye on…
England’s line-up: England have a major series against India coming up and will want to sort out their best XI by then. Even if few players are unavailable, this presents them an opportunity to test out the fringe players ahead of the big India series.
Tim Southee: The New Zealand fast bowler has been in sensational form in the World Test Championship and comes into the England series with a point to prove about his abilities away from home. He will have a solid fast bowling group around him to push England’s batsmen.