New Zealand will look to enhance their poor Check report at Lord’s after they tackle depleted England in first of two Exams from Wednesday.
Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer (each resulting from accidents), Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran and Jonny Bairstow (all rested after Indian Premier League) will not function within the first Check giving Kiwis a chance to win solely their second Check on the dwelling of cricket.
New Zealand have gained just one out of the 17 Exams they’ve performed at Lord’s of their 90-year cricket historical past in England. Their lone victory got here in 1999 below Stephen Fleming’s captaincy. They’ve misplaced eight and drawn eight matches.
The Kiwis have additionally not gained any Check in Edgbaston in Birmingham the place the second Check is to be performed.
Whereas England are resting key gamers, New Zealand too will miss new ball bowler, the left-armer Trent Boult who opted to spend time together with his household in New Zealand on return from Indian Premier League in India.
Nevertheless, regardless of swing bowler Boult’s absence, New Zealand have sufficient power and firepower of their crew.
Skipper Kane Williamson is the No. 1 batsman in Check cricket, tempo bowlers Neil Wagner and Tim Southee are No. three and 6 within the ICC Check bowling rankings.
Tempo bowler Kyle Jamieson has taken 36 wickets in his first six Exams and extracts disconcerting tempo and bounce from the wicket.
The Check beginning Wednesday, subsequently, presents them with a superb alternative to enhance their report not solely at Lord’s however in England additionally.
The Black Caps have performed 54 Exams in England, successful simply 5 of them and shedding 30. They’ve drawn 19 Exams.