Survival Games Finalist
Survival Games Finalist
- Jan 3, 2018
- Sheffield, England
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England v New Zealand (2nd Test, three match series, England lead 1-0)
Date: 10-14 June 2022
Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Weather: The forecast is fairly positive for the duration of this one, with most days involving sun and partial cloud plus temperatures that are expected to hover around the low 20s. If there is going to be any inclement weather, it’s likely to be on day three when temps will drop to the low teens and rain is possible amongst heavy cloud cover.
Pitch: A tough pitch to gauge, which could lead to some surprises. At first glance there does seem to be plenty on offer for the bowler, with some initial cracks and plenty of grass. Winning the toss may not offer any advantage as batting or bowling first could lead to a positive result for the team in question.
England head to Nottingham with a 1-0 series lead and the chance to wrap up their first consecutive series wins in over a year.Reeling off victories against West Indies, Pakistan and Sri Lanka across 2020/21, England have since gone four series without a win until their successful trip to the Caribbean in March.
Winning by four wickets at Lord’s last week has put Joe Root’s side in a commanding position in this three-game contest, with an opportunity to once again seal a series with one game still to play.
England looked far from certain to win that opening matchup though, slipping to precarious positions more than once before Harry Brook and Ben Foakes took the hosts over the line.
England are once again forced to go without the services of all rounder Ben Stokes after he was ruled out with an ankle injury, failing a late fitness test.
Softening the blow for the hosts will be the long-awaited return of fast bowler Jofra Archer, who slots into a four man pace attack with another returnee, Mark Wood, to give England's attack some real speed.
Wood take the place of Ollie Robinson, who misses out partly due to his bowling similarities with the more established Anderson and Broad. Still, the Sussex man took 4-107 across the two innings at Lord’s with an average of 26.75, making him a surprise exclusion.
The loss of Stokes and the inclusion of two genuine bowlers means England will be leaning heavily on the top order to make their runs in this one.
Burns and Haines once again open, with Bohannon at three despite his lack of recent returns. Captain Root, Ollie Pope, Lord’s century maker Harry Brook and Ben Foakes make up the rest of the top seven.
Kane Williamson’s team didn’t do much wrong in London last week but still head North 1-0 down.
The tourists have made just one change, taking out fiery bowler Neil Wagner for the left arm spin of Ajaz Patel.
With the relatively soft English pitches offering little to a man who can bang the ball in short with the best in the world, it’s hoped Patel will offer something different to the New Zealand attack.
The rest of the team is unchanged, with Latham and Young to open, Conway, Williamson, Nicholls, Blundell and De Grandhomme to follow.
Tale of the tapeEngland’s victory at Lord’s shows they’ll be no pushover in this series, though they still hold underdog status against a talented New Zealand team.
One key difference between the teams in the 1st Test was lower order batting, with Williamson’s side getting plenty of production alongside wicket keeper Tom Blundell, who made 180 runs in the game.
England’s lower order have struggled in comparison, and with the tail only getting longer in this game due to Ben Stokes injury and the inclusion of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood, that disparity could only grow wider.
It feels unlikely that a team as good as a New Zealand could lose this series outright with a game still to go, but England have now won four in a row and confidence will be high that they can keep their run going.