ENG vs NZ Live: Ben Stokes’ England is all set to head into a brand new era in the test cricket. After many failures recently, England has had a major shakeup in the team and the management as well.
New Zealand are coming into this series after winning against the Netherlands. Moreover, they went on to win the three-match series against the Netherlands in April.
The Kiwis went on to win the first match by seven wickets. Netherlands were all out for 202 runs and New Zealand chased it down in 38.3 overs. New Zealand went on to win the second match by 118 runs.
England are coming into this fixture after a terrible long format season in recent times. They went on to lose the three-match test series against West Indies by 1-0 in March.
The first match between West Indies and England was drawn. England scored 311 runs in the first innings and 349 runs in the second innings. While West Indies scored 375 runs in the first innings and 147/4 in the second innings.
Second test match was also drawn between the two sides. But West Indies won the third test match due to which they also went on to win the series by 1-0 against England.
ENG vs NZ Live: Ben Stokes backs England’s young guns ahead of the new test era
England will face New Zealand in the first test match on Thursday, June 2. Moreover, the game will be played at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, England.
Ben Stokes has backed his team to perform well against New Zealand in the home series. Moreover, he has gone on to heap praises on the young guns of the England test cricket team.
He said, “I really do believe that under myself and Brendon that we will be able to get the best out of them. As soon as I took the role on, one of the things that I made very clear is that I want Ollie Pope in my Test team.”
“He’s such a good player and I see him having a huge future in an England shirt. It was just about making a decision where we see him fitting in in that batting order.”
England starting XI: Zak Crawley, Alex Lees, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (capt), Ben Foakes (wkt), Matthew Potts, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.