England will take New Zealand in the first Test of the summer at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground, England. The ENG VS NZ 1st Test of the New Zealand tour of England 2022 commences on June 2.
The series opener of a three-match contest will be England’s first since new captain Ben Stokes who succeeded Joe Root as skipper. It will also be England’s first game following the appointment of former New Zealand captain McCullum as their Test coach.
England has just won one of their last 17 matches and gone over 12 months without a red ball victory.
On the other hand, New Zealand under Kane Williamson has played 6 Test matches in the tournament so far. Kiwis have won 2 games, lost 3 games, and drawn 1.
England needs to win the series to better their position in the ICC World Test Championship points table.
England faced a defeat in their previous Test series which was away against West Indies. In the three-match series, England lost the third test after the first two tests ended in a draw. On the other hand, New Zealand tied a two-match Test series against South Africa 1-1 in their previous series.
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When and Where To Watch ENG vs NZ
The ENG VS NZ 1st Test will be telecasted live on Sony 1 and Sony 1 HD. It can be also streamed through the Sony Liv app.
New Zealand has a good balance to its side and certainly looks strong. If they play with their full potential, they certainly have the ability to beat England at the home of cricket in the First Test. A well-balanced side makes them a favorite to start with a win.
New Zealand toured England in 2021 when they won the two-match Test series by a 1-0 margin. They have a good amount of experience and will look to start on a positive note.
Venue of ENG vs NZ
The match will be played at the Lord’s in England and will start at 3:30 pm IST
Rankings In ICC World Test Championship
England currently holds the last 9th spot in the tournament. Out of 12 matches, England has only won 1 Test and lost 7. England has PCT of just 12.5 and 18 points
New Zealand takes the 6th spot in ICC World Test Championship 2021-2023. They have played 6 Test matches in the tournament so far. They have won 2 games, lost 3, and drawn 1. England has a PCT of 38.89 and 28 points
England Starting Line-up: Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, C Overton, Ollie Pope, Ben Stokes (c), Jack Leach, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Matthew Potts
New Zealand Starting Line-up: Devon Conway, Will Young, Kane Williamson, Daryl Mitchell, Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Blundell, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult.