NZ v ENG

2nd TEST – NEW ZEALAND VS ENGLAND – FANTASY PREVIEW

After that monstrous an innings and 49 runs victory, hosts New Zealand set to finish the home season on a high by winning the second test match too. Visitors England had a lot of frustrating moments in the first match but look to regroup and fight hard to level the series. Second test match between New Zealand vs England is schedule to start at 11 AM Local | 3:30 AM IST on Friday, 30th March 2018.

 

NEW ZEALAND :

The home team had some tough times in the past 1 and half months and lost several matches in both limited overs formats. But they had a very good return with the last test, particularly their fast bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee gone deep inside the England troops during the first innings of Auckland test. Boult topped with 9 wickets in the match while Southee picked up five. Batsmen Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls supported their bowlers with their respective tons and in the end New Zealand took a lead in two match series. The leg-spinner Todd Astle who contributed for the team with 18 runs and 3 wickets in the first test, has been ruled out for this second test due to an injury. The other leg-spinner Ish Sodhi has been added to the squad and he will replaces Astle in a bowling department. New Zealand had enough with the test opener Jeet Raval who dismissed for just 3 runs at Auckland. Therefore, Martin Guptill is on the scenes to make a comeback to the test cricket for the first time in almost 18 months. Tom Latham is the other opener and he will retain his place safe. Skipper Kane Williamson led from the front an example and scored his 18th test century in Auckland. Once again, he is the key player and no surprises if scores another century in this game.

The experienced Ross Taylor successfully returned to the action after suffered with hip injury during the ODI series but he was departed for only 20 runs in the last game. He is one of the top class player in all format right now, so possibilities are high for him to go for huge runs in this test. Middle-order batsman Henry Nicholls has scored his career best 145* in the first test and it was his 2nd test century in 17 tests. Certainly, Nicholls earned lot of confidence after that knock hopefully, will go for more runs at Hagley Oval. The wicket keeper BJ Watling was very effective with gloves work and also with batting cameos. He will continue to offer the same in this test too. Colin de Grandhomme fills all-rounder’s place in the XI. He had an average test with both bat and bowl at Auckland, but could be back with an impressive show this time round. Third seamer Neil Wagner rocked with his bowling performances in the tests against West Indies few months ago, he claimed 3 wickets in the last test but could do more damages at Christchurch. Ish Sodhi will take care of lone specialist spinner role and this could be his opportunity to cement the place in the test squad. As usual Trent Boult and Tim Southee will lead bowling attack and both are expected to do similar role like what they have done at Auckland.

 

ENGLAND :

Joe Root and his men disappointed all of their fans and put themselves under pressure after bowled out for just 58 runs inside 21 overs on the first day of the test last week. They had fought back somehow well and scored 320 runs in the second innings but as damages were done already, England ended up on the losing side. Responsibilities are high on each and every player in the team right now and they have a job to do especially with a busiest home season ahead for them. Moeen Ali who had poor Ashes tour, shown similar form in the first test too. There are plenty of chances for him to dropped for this test at Christchurch. If England decides to add more power to the batting unit, Liam Livingstone will make his debut by replacing Moeen Ali. Otherwise, the left-arm spinner Jack Leach will replaces Moeen. Chris Woakes who bowled none for 107 runs at Auckland, also under scrutiny. But his batting skills might help him to get a second chance. Craig Overton was not up to the mark in the test which means, Mark Wood might get a chance in test match for the first time since last July. Mark Stoneman and Alastair Cook will continue to open an innings for their team.

The most experienced batsman Cook disappointed with scores 5 and 2 respectively at Auckland. He is the specialist test batsman than any other in the squad and he could play well to keep his place in the upcoming home summer season. Stoneman played well for his 55 runs in a second innings of the first test. Skipper Joe Root walked back to the pavilion without scoring a run in the first innings but somehow came back strong and scored an useful 51 runs in the second innings. He is the match-winner for England and he should lead the team from front with a big ton. A good form in the Ashes cemented a place for Dawid Malan in England’s test squad. He had an average outing in Auckland but hope for some good knocks from him at Christchurch. All rounder Ben Stokes was used as a specialist batsman in the first test, he scored 0 and 66 runs with a bat. As the IPL season ahead, Ben Stokes would focus on his all-round skills for sure. Both front-line test pace bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson claimed 3 wickets each in the first test but they had bowled combined 63 overs to claim those 6 wickets. Broad is very useful with a bat at lower order, hopefully, he will help his team out with some good contribution with a bat too.

 

KEY PLAYERS :

NEW ZEALAND :

  • Tom Latham
  • Kane Williamson
  • Ross Taylor
  • Henry Nicholls
  • Neil Wagner
  • Tim Southee
  • Trent Boult

 

ENGLAND :

  • Alastair Cook
  • Joe Root
  • Dawid Malan
  • Ben Stokes
  • Jonny Bairstow
  • Stuart Broad
  • James Anderson

 

POSSIBLE LINEUPS :

NEW ZEALAND :

1. Martin Guptill / Jeet Raval, 2. Tom Latham, 3. Kane Williamson, 4. Ross Taylor, 5. Henry Nicholls, 6. Colin de Grandhomme, 7. BJ Watling, 8. Tim Southee, 9. Neil Wagner, 10. Ish Sodhi, 11. Trent Boult.

ENGLAND :

1. Alastair Cook, 2. Mark Stoneman, 3. Joe Root, 4. Dawid Malan, 5. Ben Stokes, 6. Liam Livingstone / Jack Leach, 7. Jonny Bairstow, 8. Chris Woakes, 9. Craig Overton / Mark Wood, 10. Stuart Broad, 11. James Anderson.

 

 

 

Anand Thiyagarajan

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