Man of the Match: Joe Root
Can England improve their away record?
New Zealand will win the match& series 2-0!
New Zealand will be delighted with their victory in the first test by an innings from a precarious position at the end of day 3 especially. New Zealand will look to continue their dominant home record against the England side and add one more series to their tally. They are currently the second-ranked team in the ICC rankings in Test only behind the Indian team.
England will be dejected with their loss in the first match and they have a poor record in the away tests in recent years. They have a big chance to improve their record with a series-leveling win in this match. This match will be a very vital one as a lot of questions hang over the England side.
New Zealand will be delighted with the contributions from their lower-order batsmen in the last match. BJ Watling and Mitchell Santner`s partnership took the match completely away from the England team. New Zealand will miss the services of Colin De GrandHomme and Trent Boult in this test owing to injuries. Skipper Kane Williamson (51 runs) and Henry Nicholls (41 runs) got starts but failed to make it to a big knock and will be looking to make one in this match. BJ Watling`s maiden double century (205) and Santner`s maiden century (126) will be the highlight reel of the last match.
Neil Wagner was rewarded with a 5-for in second innings and took 8 wickets in total last match. Tim Southee contributed with 5 wickets across both innings. Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson may play in this match with Mitchell Santner as the lone spin bowler in the playing XI.
Kane Williamson– Kane Williamson - Williamson looked in good touch and looking for a big score before a snorter of delivery dismissed him. He scored an unbeaten double century at this venue in the last test against Bangladesh.
Mitchell Santner - Santner's batting in the last match will provide the balance to the team in the absence of De GrandHomme and allow Kiwis to play 4 pacers in the XI. He scored a century and took 3 crucial wickets in the second innings.
Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (Wk), Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Mitchell Santner
Tom Latham, Mitchell Santner, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Jeet Raval, N Wagner, Matt Henry, BJ Watling, KS Williamson, Ross Taylor, TG Southee
England team suffered a yet another away test defeat and they have a lot of questions to ponder over with Root`s batting and captaincy under the scanner. Joe Denly (52 & 31) and Rory Burns (74 & 35) scored the fifties in the first innings and were dismissed in the 30s in the second innings. They need to carry their form and put a big score in the top order. Ben Stokes was the prolific batsmen scoring a 90+ score in the first innings and took his team to a 350+ total. Ollie Pope and Dominic Sibley failed to make a mark in the first match and are expected to get a chance in this match too.
England bowlers were made to toil bowling over 200 overs in this facile pitch. Sam Curran was the pick of bowlers with 3 wickets in the match. Ben Stokes and Jack Leach chipped with 2 wickets each. Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer toiled hard bowling 33 & 42 respectively with just a wicket for Archer and nil for Broad. Their bowlers need to get their act right in this match.
Joe Root- Root was dismissed for cheap scores of 11 & 2 in the two innings and he slipped outside the top-10 rankings for the first time since 2014. He will need to answer his critics regarding his batting and captaincy in this Test.
Jofra Archer–Jofra Archer is a precious talent who needs to be nurtured and used by the England team. He bowled a massive 42 overs in the last Test and well might feel the bowling workload in this Test match. He took just a lone wicket of double Centurion BJ Watling last match.
Dominic Sibley , Rory Burns, Joe Root(c), Jos Buttler(wk), Joe Denly , Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad,Sam Curran, Jack leach/Saqib Mahmood
Joe Root, Jofra Chioke Archer, Joe Denly, Ollie Pope, Stuart Broad, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Ben Stokes, Dominic Sibley, Rory Burns, CR Woakes
The weather looks cloudy on first three days with high chances of rain on Day 3 especially. And it gets better as we enter the last 2 days of the test match.
Seddon Park is a pitch which is known to help the pacers and the first three days will be good for batting on this surface. Last Test, New Zealand scored over 700 runs in this pitch.
Teams batting first have won almost 80% of test matches played in the recent past. Batting fourth has become a herculean task and any target above 250 will be hard to chase.
New Zealand will be high on confidence after winning the last match with very little contribution from their big guns such as Williamson, Taylor and Boult. But, the absence of De GrandHomme and Boult will be a big loss for them.
England team looks jaded and they need their skipper to lead from the front with his performance in this crucial match. We predict New Zealand to win this match and series.
New Zealand will win the match& series 2-0!