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Toss Winner - New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat first
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New Zealand’s battle to win at Lord’s against England after 23 years
England to win
Tournament: New Zealand tour of England, 2022 | Format: TEST | Venue: Lord's, London, England | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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The English team would be taking the field for the 1st Test Match at Lord’s against New Zealand to regain its pride. They haven’t won a Test Match this year even though the side has played five games. Led by a new captain the side would be looking to put the poor performances behind. New Zealand has also not been at its best and the side would be looking to start the summer with a win.
The New Zealand team has struggled at Lord’s, and they haven’t won Test Match against England at this venue since 1999. The side would be missing its best bowler for this game which is a massive blow for them. It is after a gap of a few months that both teams would be playing this format of the game and it remains to be seen which of the sides can play better cricket.
Ben Stokes takes over as skipper from Joe Root who quit captaincy recently and he would like to start his career with a win. England’s form in Test cricket hasn’t been good. They played poorly against India last summer which was followed by a disastrous Ashes series in Australia and a poor show in the Caribbean. The side needs to win this game and series to move up on the ICC Test Championship points table as they are currently ranked at the bottom.
England must solve their opening conundrum as this has been affecting the performance of the side. Zak Crawley and Alex Lees will have to provide the side with a good start as Kiwi bowlers are known for being nippy. Joe Root is the backbone of this batting line-up, and he will need to add runs with Ben Stokes, Harry Brooks, and Ollie Pope in the middle order. Jonny Bairstow and Craig Overton will look to add to the score in the lower middle order.
James Anderson and Stuart Board are perhaps into their last summer at home and the veteran pace duo would look to make this opportunity count. Craig Overton and Stokes would have to make good use of the conditions as this would suit their style of bowling. Jack Leach would be the lone spinner on the side, and he will look to make it count when the ball gets old.
Ben Stokes (c), Zak Crawley, Alex Lees, Joe Root, Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Harry Brooks
Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Stuart Broad, Zak Crawley, Alex Lees, Ben Foakes, Matty Pots, James Anderson, Ben Stokes
It has been more than 20 years since the Kiwis won a Test Match at Lord’s against England. Kane Williamson would look to change that as the Word Test Champions take on the hosts. It hasn't been a smooth run for them since their win against India on the same ground. They lost the series in India and were forced into draws by Bangladesh and South Africa in their backyard. Williamson would like to rekindle the magic of the last occasion they played at this venue to win the Test Championship crown.
The side would look to see a steady start from Tom Latham and Will Young who would be tested in these conditions. Williamson hasn’t had the best form in recent months, and he will have to do well in the middle order with Devon Conway and Henry Nicholls. Tom Blundell, Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, and Matt Henry can all bat well and this adds depth to their batting line-up.
Trent Boult is likely to miss out on this game given his commitments with IPL. Tim Southee would have big responsibilities on his shoulders and needs to do well along with Matt Henry. Jamieson would enjoy the conditions as it suits his style of bowling and wickets would be expected from him. Colin de Grandhomme and Neil Wagner make it a good bowling attack for these conditions.
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
Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Ajaz Patel, Colin de Grandhomme, KS Williamson, Devon Conway, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Blundell, TG Southee, Will Young, Trent Boult
It would be overcast skies over London on most days of the game and this is likely to make batting a big challenge at this venue. The ball is expected to swing, and batsmen would have to be watchful. The average 1st innings score here is 313 runs and the side that bats first would be happy with 400 runs on the board.
Lord’s is undoubtedly one of the best Test venues in the world. Fast bowlers love bowling here on the 1st Day as the wicket offers them a lot. Batsmen have to build their innings at this venue and play to the merit of the ball. Spinners come into play from Day 3 onward but there isn’t much on this track to get them excited.
We expect to see heavy weather conditions on the first day of the game and it will improve as the game progresses. The side that wins the toss in this game would like to take advantage of the conditions and opt for batting first in this game.
New Zealand comes into this game with a batting line-up that hasn’t been in the best of form. This would be a massive challenge for the side as the Lord’s wicket is known for being tough on the batsmen. They have depth in this line-up and shall have to use it well. England hasn’t enjoyed great success in recent games, but they have good knowledge of the conditions. Their bowling attack is well-suited for this wicket, and this would put them slightly ahead of New Zealand in this game.
England to win
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