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Toss Winner - New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat first
England beat New Zealand by 7 wickets
New Zealand’s challenge to avoid 0-3 whitewash
England to win
Tournament: New Zealand tour of England, 2022 | Format: TEST | Venue: Headingley Cricket Ground, Leeds, England | Toss: To BatBet Now
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New Zealand would be looking for a face-saving win as they go into the 3rd Test Match of the series at Headingley, Leeds. The last game at Nottingham was one of the best in recent memory for the hosts and a loss that would hurt New Zealanders for a while. England came from nowhere to register an incredible win on the last day of the game. They shocked the visitors with an aggressive approach and didn’t offer them time to react.
The New Zealand team hasn’t had the best run in Test cricket since their win at the World Test Championship final a year back. They have been outplayed in both the games and it is their bowling attack that has failed to deliver the goods. With the series already lost it will be interesting to see if the Kiwis can avoid a whitewash.
Ben Stokes couldn’t have asked for a better start to his captaincy career. His side has squarely beaten England in two games. It was an incredible batting performance from the side on the 5th day of the last game where they played aggressive cricket to win the game. This after they had played a catchup game for the first four days of the game. Stokes would be aiming for a 3-0 whitewash in this game.
Alex Lees played well in the last game, but the side would be worried about the form of Zak Crawley who is failing to score runs. The middle-order looks formidable for the side with Ollie Pope and Joe Root scoring hundreds in the last game. Jonny Bairstow comes here after his sensational hundred in the and he adds solid depth to the line-up with Stokes and Ben Foalkes to follow.
James Anderson is likely to be rested in this game and the side would look for a good spell from Stuart Board and Craig Overton as the Kiwi top order continues to struggle. Matty Potts and Jack Leach did well in the 2nd innings of the last game, and this would add to their confidence. Stokes is a good bowler in these conditions and adds balance to the bowling attack.
Ben Stokes (c), Zak Crawley, Alex Lees, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Foakes (wk), Matty Potts, Stuart Broad, Craig Overton, Jack Leach
Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Sam Billings, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Stuart Broad, Zak Crawley, Alex Lees, Ben Foakes, Matty Pots, Jamie Overton, Ben Stokes
Kane Williamson is back leading the side and he would like to forget the nightmare of the last game. Few teams have lost a Test Match after putting up more than 500 runs on the board. But it was a disastrous show from their bowlers on the 5th day where they failed to put the Englishmen under pressure. The World Test Champions are staring at a series whitewash and Williamson would like his side to put up a spirited performance in this game and fly home with their heads held high.
Tom Latham and Will Young have to play good knocks at the top as they haven’t lived up to the challenge in both games. Williamson’s return is great news for the team, and he will have to see the innings with Devon Conway in the middle order. Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell have been in excellent form and the pair would look to add runs down the order as they have done in both games. Michael Bracewell adds depth to this batting line-up.
It was poor bowling across both the innings especially in the 2nd innings that cost the side dearly in the last game. Trent Boult has looked good, but he will need support at the other end from Tim Southee with the new ball. Bracewell, Kylie Jamieson, and Matt Henry must come up with better spells for the side to take on the strong batting line-up that England has.
Kane Williamson (c), Tom Latham, Will Young, Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell (wk), Michael Bracewell, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent Boult
Daryl Mitchell, Neil Wagner, Henry Nicholls, Michael Bracewell, KS Williamson, Devon Conway, Tom Blundell, TG Southee, Tom Latham, Will Young, Trent Boult
It would be overcast skies over Leeds, and we might see rain disruptions during the game as the weather forecast isn’t encouraging. We expect to see a lot of swing and seam movement on this surface where batsmen will have to play to the merit of the ball. The side batting first in this game shall be happy to have 400 runs or so on the board in the 1st innings.
Headingley, Leeds is a typical English venue where we see fast bowlers generating bounce and swing. Batsmen have to dig in to do well here as we have seen over the last decade or so at this venue. The pace on the wicket does allow them to play their strokes. There is not much on this surface for the spinners as the ball doesn’t grip the surface.
Toss would be tricky here as sides have won games batting first as well as chasing the scores in the 4th innings. There is a forecast for rains from Day 2 onward and hence batting conditions would be easier on the first day of the game. The side winning the toss here would opt to bat first.
New Zealand not only lost the last game, but they suffered a demoralizing setback. The side would have to come out of this slump and play well to restore lost pride. Their Top 4 haven’t contributed to the cause in the last few matches and this is one of the major problems for the team. England would come into this game full of confidence. Their batting looks in good shape and the side would be favorites in this game and take the series 3-0.
England to win
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