To reclaim its pride, the English team would face New Zealand in the first Test Match at Lord’s. Despite playing five games this year, they have yet to win a Test Match. The team would be looking to put the poor performances behind them, led by a new captain. New Zealand has also not been at its best, and the team would like to begin the summer with a victory.
The New Zealand team has struggled at Lord’s, where they haven’t won a Test against England since 1999. The team will be without its best bowler for this game, which is a huge blow. Both teams will be playing this format of the game after a few months apart, and it remains to be seen which of the teams can play better cricket.
The 1st Test between England vs New Zealand will take place on June 2nd, 2022 at the Lord’s in London.
Match Details to Note
Match: England vs New Zealand, 1st Test, New Zealand Tour of England 2022
Date: June 02, 2022 (Thursday)
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Venue: Lord’s, London
England vs New Zealand Team Previews
Ben Stokes takes over as captain from Joe Root, who stepped down recently, and he wants to start his career on a high note. England’s Test cricket record has been dismal. Last summer, they struggled against India, which was followed by a disastrous Ashes series in Australia and a poor performance in the Caribbean. The team needs to win this game and the series to move up the ICC Test Championship points table, where they are currently ranked last.
England must resolve their opening dilemma, which has been affecting the team’s performance. As Kiwi bowlers are known for being nippy, Zak Crawley and Alex Lees will have to get the team off to a good start. Joe Root is the batting line-backbone, up’s and he will need to add runs in the middle order with Ben Stokes, Harry Brooks, and Ollie Pope. In the lower middle order, Jonny Bairstow and Craig Overton will look to add to the score.
James Anderson and Stuart Board are possibly in their final summer at home, and the veteran pace duo will look to capitalise on this opportunity. Craig Overton and Ben Stokes would have to make the most of the conditions, as they would suit their bowling style. When the ball gets old, Jack Leach will be the lone spinner on the side, and he will look to make it count.
Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Alex Lees, Joe Root, Ben Stokes (c), Craig Overton, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Foakes, Ollie Pope, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, Matty Potts
Predicted XI: Ben Stokes (c), Zak Crawley, Alex Lees, Joe Root, Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Harry Brooks
It has been over 20 years since New Zealand last won a Test Match at Lord’s against England. Kane Williamson will try to change that when the World Test Champions play the hosts. It hasn’t been an easy road for them since their victory over India on the same ground. They lost the series in India and were forced into draws in their own country by Bangladesh and South Africa. Williamson hopes to recreate the magic of the last time they played at this venue to win the Test Championship.
Tom Latham and Will Young, who would be tested in these conditions, would be expected to provide a steady start for the side. Williamson hasn’t been in great form in recent months, and he’ll need to perform well in the middle order alongside Devon Conway and Henry Nicholls. The fact that Tom Blundell, Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, and Matt Henry can all bat well adds depth to their batting order.
Trent Boult is likely to miss this game due to IPL commitments. Tim Southee would have significant responsibilities and would need to perform well alongside Matt Henry. Jamieson would enjoy the conditions because they suit his bowling style, and wickets would be expected of him. Colin de Grandhomme and Neil Wagner provide an effective bowling attack in these conditions.
New Zealand Squad
Kane Williamson (c), Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Will Young, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Cam Fletcher, Tom Latham, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Ajaz Patel, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner
Predicted XI: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell (wk), Devon Conway, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, Will Young, Colin de Grandhomme, Neil Wagner, Matt Henry
England vs New Zealand Toss Prediction
We anticipate heavy weather on the first day of the game, which will improve as the game progresses. The team that wins the toss in this game will want to take advantage of the conditions by batting first.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
Lord’s is without a doubt one of the best Test grounds in the world. Fast bowlers enjoy bowling here on the first day because the wicket provides them with a lot of options. At this venue, batsmen must build their innings and play to the merits of the ball. Spinners enter the fray on Day 3, but there isn’t much on this track to keep them interested.
Most days of the game will have overcast skies over London, which will make batting difficult at this venue. The ball is expected to swing, so batsmen must be alert. The average first-inning score here is 313 runs, and the team that bats first would be content with 400 runs.
England vs New Zealand Match Prediction
New Zealand enters this game with a batting lineup that hasn’t been in great form. This would be a huge test for the team, as the Lord’s wicket is notorious for being difficult for batsmen. They have depth in this lineup and will need to make good use of it. England has not had much success in recent games, but they are familiar with the conditions. Their bowling attack is ideal for this pitch.
New Zealand is the favourite to beat England at the odds of 1.74.
- New Zealand hasn’t won a Test at Lord’s since 1999, which is likely to weigh heavily on their minds.
- Trent Boult’s absence would be a significant blow to New Zealand’s bowling attack.
- England has only lost twice in their last ten games at Lord’s, which should boost their confidence.