England vs New Zealand Match Preview
The home team England take on the visiting side New Zealand in the first Test match of the two-match series between the two teams to be played at the historic and majestically pleasing to the eye Lord's Cricket Ground located in London, United Kingdom from 2 June 2021, Wednesday to 6 June 2021, Sunday. Like any Test match played in England in the summer, this game will have to weather the proverbial bad weather, and it will be interesting for the spectators and fans to see if all five days can be played out without any major interruptions. The home team England, who have not qualified for the final of the World Test Championship competition, will be looking to put a halt to their opponents New Zealand's preparation for the same, which they intend to play against India a couple of weeks later at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground located in Southampton, Hampshire down the southern coast of England.
England Team News
England has been dealt a very big blow with a freak injury to Surrey wicketkeeper Ben Foakes having ruled him out for the series. Foakes, who impressed all and sundry on the recent tour to India with his reliable glovework and assured batting, will be replaced by Sam Billings of Essex. However, it is expected that James Bracey of Gloucestershire will make his debut on Wednesday and take the big gloves proffered by Foakes' ill-timed injury.
New Zealand Team News
New Zealand has their full-strength squad with them, and the lads will be looking to make sure that they give a good farewell to wicketkeeper Bradley John Watling, who has announced that he will retire from all forms of cricket after this tour of England, which includes the final of the World Test Championship against India.
England vs New Zealand Betting Tips and Score Prediction
We expect the visiting side New Zealand to win this match against their opponents, England. This should be a really good game as both the teams on display like to play an attractive brand of cricket, but we believe that it will be the visitors who will prevail at the end of the fifth evening.
- The visiting side, New Zealand, can treat this series as practice before the all-important final of the World Test Championship, which is to be played against India a little later.
- England will play a two-Test series after a long time.
- New Zealand can amass as many points as possible before the final of the World Test Championship against India, but this series has been deemed to be outside the purview of the rankings.
New Zealand to win
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