ENG vs NZ 1st Test Playing XI: England Test captain Joe Root does not have many hands to play with. As IPL 2021 returnees have been rested for the New Zealand Test series, Root will have a limited arsenal when England face a near-full-strength New Zealand, led by Kane Williamson, in the 1st Test at the Lord’s on June 2. For England, in absence of injured Jofra Archer, Ollie Robinson is expected to make the cut with Rory Burns, Zak Crawley and Dominic Sibley also available.
While both James Anderson and Stuart Broad will be available for England, the batting unit will face the challenge in absence of established stars like Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes and others. For New Zealand, Trent Boult will not be available for the 1st Test.
Furthermore, wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes has been ruled out due to a hamstring injury with Sam Billings and James Bracey fighting for the position. While Sam Billings was in the IPL 2021, he did not play a match.
ENG vs NZ 1st Test Playing XI: What will be England’s Playing XI?
England’s primary problem in absence of stars will be in the middle-order with Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes and Ben Foakes out. But with Rory Burns and Dan Lawrence, they will hope to find the rhythm while the pace battery led by James Anderson is still the best in business.
England: Openers: Zak Crawley & Dom Sibley; No 3: Rory Burns, No 4: Joe Root (captain), No 5: Dan Lawrence, No 6: Ollie Pope (WK), No 7: Jack Leach (spinner), No 8: Ollie Robinson, No 9: James Anderson, No 10: Stuart Broad, No 11: Mark Wood.
ENG vs NZ 1st Test Playing XI: What will be New Zealand’s Playing XI?
New Zealand will have a full squad at their disposal barring pacer Trent Boult. While Boult’s absence will be felt, there are a number of fast bowlers in the New Zealand squad who could come in handy.
New Zealand: Openers: Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, No 3: Kane Williamson (captain), No 4: Devon Conway, No 5: Henry Nicholls, No 6: BJ Watling (WK), No 7: Daryl Mitchell, No 8: Mitchell Santner, No 9: Kyle Jamieson, No 10: Tim Southee, No 11: Neil Wagner.
ENG vs NZ 1st Test schedule:
1st Test: England vs New Zealand, June 2-6 at Lord’s, London
2nd Test: England vs New Zealand, June 10-14 at Edgbaston, Birmingham
England vs New Zealand full squad:
England: Joe Root (Captain), James Anderson, James Bracey, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Dom Sibley, Olly Stone, Mark Wood.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (Captain), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Will Young