ENG vs NZ, 2nd Test: New Zealand could make three changes in playing XI for Edgbaston Test keeping WTC final in mind – Kane Williamson will not be playing the second Test against England and Tom Latham will be leading the side in his absence. Will Young will take Kane’s place in the playing XI. This is one of the few changes that Blackcaps will have to make ahead of the Edgbaston Test.
ENG vs NZ: Besides the fact that Blackcaps will want some of their key players to stay fresh for the WTC final, there will be few forced changes in the playing XI for the Edgbaston Test.
In this article, we at Insidesport will take you through the list of three changes in the playing XI that New Zealand could do in the second Test.
ENG vs NZ:
- Ajaz Patel in place of Mitchell Santner
- Daryl Mitchell in place of Colin de Grandhomme
- Trent Boult in place of Neil Wagner
ENG vs NZ: Ajaz Patel in place of Mitchell Santner
Left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner who could not pick a single wicket in the first Test is likely to be rested from the playing XI. So the only other spin bowling option in the squad Ajaz Patel will get the chance. He last played Test vs India at Basin Reserve in 2020. Santner will surely feature in the WTC final as an all-rounder.
ENG vs NZ: Daryl Mitchell in place of Colin de Grandhomme
Daryl Mitchell, who is regarded as a bowling allround, will get the chance in the 2nd Test in place of Colin de Grandhomme. Mitchell has played four Tests so far and just have a single wicket under his belt. However, he has scored 226 runs at an average above 70. If he could show some spark in the second Test, he could actually book a place in the WTC final.
ENG vs NZ: Trent Boult in place of Neil Wagner
Neil Wagner who looked completely off-colour in the first Test is likely to make way for Trent Boult in the playing XI. The team missed the services, Trent, in the first Test as he was on family leave. Boult would aim to get back into the rhythm ahead of the WTC final.