The English summer is all set to go underway with a three-match Test series against New Zealand. The first match will begin on the 2nd of June at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground. This will be the first assignment of the newly appointed captain Ben Stokes and the new head coach Brendon McCullum. Joe Root stood down as captain, and Stokes was named as his replacement.
McCullum faces a monumental challenge in resurrecting Test cricket in England. The three lions have gone through a bit of turmoil in recent years. They have only managed one win in the last 17 games. In addition, they have not won a series since their last win against Sri Lanka in January 2021.
The visitors, on the other hand, were defeated in practice by a weak-looking team. The Kiwis, under skipper Kane Williamson, will aim to put up a solid fight against England. It should be noted that New Zealand will be without their important batter and veteran Ross Taylor, who recently announced his retirement.
Head to Head
Both teams played in a two-match series last year, with the Black Caps defeating hosts England 1-0. The overall results, however, favour England, with 48 victories out of a total of 107 Tests against New Zealand. The Kiwis have won 12 games against England. The remaining 47 red-ball matches between the two teams have all ended in draws.
Schedule, Dates, and Venues
First Test – Jun 02 – Jun 06- Lord’s, London
Second Test – Jun 10 – Jun 14- Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Third Test – Jun 23 – Jun 27- Headingly, Leeds
England (First two Tests):
Ben Stokes (C), James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Jack Leach, Alex Lees, Craig Overton, Matthew Potts, Ollie Pope, Joe Root.
Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Cameron Fletcher, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Hamish Rutherford, Tim Southee, Blair Tickner, Neil Wagner, Will Young
New Zealand vs England Broadcast Details
Match Timings – 03:30 p.m. (IST)
Broadcast Details – Sony Sports Network