New Zealand will be looking for a face-saving victory in the series’ third Test Match at Headingley, Leeds. The last game at Nottingham was one of the best in recent memory for the hosts, but it was a loss that would sting New Zealanders for a long time. England came from nowhere to claim an incredible victory on the final day of the game. They took an aggressive approach and did not give the visitors time to react.
Since winning the World Test Championship final a year ago, New Zealand hasn’t had the best run in Test cricket. They have been outplayed in both games, and it is their bowling attack that has let them down. Given that the series has already been lost, it will be interesting to see if the Kiwis can avoid a whitewash.
The 3rd Test between England vs New Zealand will take place on June 23rd, 2022 at Headingley in Leeds.
Match Details to Note
Match: England vs New Zealand, 3rd Test, New Zealand Tour of England 2022
Date: June 23, 2022 (Thursday)
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Venue: Headingley, Leeds
England vs New Zealand Team Previews
Ben Stokes couldn’t have gotten off to a better start as captain. His team has easily defeated England in both games. The side put on an incredible batting performance on the fifth day of the previous game, where they played aggressive cricket to win. After playing a catch-up game for the first four days of the game. In this game, Stokes will be aiming for a 3-0 victory.
Alex Lees performed admirably in the previous game, but the team is concerned about Zak Crawley’s inability to score runs. With Ollie Pope and Joe Root scoring hundreds in the previous game, the side’s middle order appears to be formidable. Jonny Bairstow returns after a sensational century in the, and he adds solid depth to the batting order, with Stokes and Ben Foalkes to follow.
As the Kiwi top order continues to struggle, James Anderson is likely to be rested for this game, and the side will look for a good spell from Stuart Board and Craig Overton. Matty Potts and Jack Leach performed admirably in the second inning of the previous game, which will boost their confidence. In these conditions, Stokes is a good bowler who adds balance to the bowling attack.
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
Kane Williamson is back in charge, and he’d like to forget the nightmare of the previous game. Few teams have lost a Test Match after scoring more than 500 runs. However, their bowlers delivered a disastrous performance on the fifth day, failing to put the Englishmen under pressure. The World Test Champions are on the verge of a series whitewash, and Williamson would like his team to put up a fight in this game and return home with their heads held high.
Tom Latham and Will Young must perform well at the top after failing to meet the challenge in both games. Williamson’s return is welcome news for the team, though he will have to bat with Devon Conway in the middle order. Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell have been in excellent form and will look to add runs down the order, as they have in both games. Michael Bracewell provides depth to this batting order.
Poor bowling across both innings, particularly in the second, cost the team dearly in the previous game. Trent Boult has looked good, but he’ll need Tim Southee to help him out with the new ball. Bracewell, Kylie Jamieson, and Matt Henry must bowl better spells if the side is to compete with England’s strong batting lineup.
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
The toss would be difficult here because teams have won games by batting first as well as chasing the scores in the fourth innings. Rain is expected to fall beginning on Day 2, making batting conditions easier on the first day of the game. The team that wins the toss here will bat first.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
Leeds’ Headingley is a typical English venue where fast bowlers generate bounce and swing. Batsmen must dig deep to succeed here, as we have seen over the last decade or so. They can play their strokes because of the pace of the wicket. Because the ball does not grip the surface, there isn’t much for spinners to do on this surface.
The sky would be overcast over Leeds, and there might be rain delays during the game because the weather forecast isn’t promising. We anticipate a lot of swing and seam movement on this surface, forcing batsmen to play to the merits of the ball. The team batting first in this game will be content with 400 runs or so in the first innings.
England vs New Zealand Match Prediction
Not only did New Zealand lose the last game, but they also suffered a demoralizing setback. To regain lost pride, the team would need to break out of its slump and play well. Their top four haven’t contributed to the cause in recent matches, which is one of the team’s major issues. England would enter this game with a lot of confidence. Their batting appears to be in good shape, and they would be favorites to win this game and the series 3-0.
England is the favourite to beat New Zealand at the odds of 2.10.
- England has won both Test matches comfortably, and the team is riding high.
- New Zealand’s bowling has been toothless, and they lost the last game despite scoring 553 in the first innings.
- England’s batsmen Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, and Ollie Pope have combined for more than 700 runs.