England vs New Zealand - Test Cricket Preview
Written: 20th November 2019
Once again, England vs New Zealand is on the lips of sports fans around the world. After England defeated New Zealand in a Super Over to win the Cricket World Cup final following on from a 119 run victory to ensure they made the finals, New Zealand fans would’ve been happy if they never saw the English cricket team again. Then in early November came the T20 series, which was locked at 2-2 before the final match which England won once again due to the Super Over and some superb bowling by Chris Jordan. So, after England have bested New Zealand thanks to a Super Over in both T20 and ODI formats, Kane Williamson and his team will be thankful that this time around, the Super Over will not be an option.
|Joe Root ©||Kane Williamson ©|
|Jofra Archer||Tom Blundell|
|Stuart Broad||Colin De Grandhomme|
|Rory Burns||Henry Nicholls|
|Jos Buttler||Jeet Raval|
|Zak Crawley||William Somerville|
|Sam Curran||Ross Taylor|
|Joe Denly||BJ Watling|
|Jack Leach||Todd Astle|
|Saqib Mahmood||Trent Boult|
|Matthew Parkinson||Tom Latham|
|Ollie Pope||Ajaz Patel|
|Dominic Sibley||Mitchell Santner|
|Ben Stokes||Tim Southee|
|Chris Woakes||Neil Wagner|
In the two test warm-up matches so far, we’ve seen Jofra Archer and Sam Curran shine for England in regards to taking wickets. Archer taking a combined seven wickets for 138 runs while Curran has taken four wickets for 128. Meanwhile, with the bat Jos Buttler hit an impressive 110 in the latest warm-up game as well as a 38 not-out meanwhile, Zak Crawley and Dominic Sibley also hit centuries for the visitors.
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Head to Head since 2010
2013 - New Zealand Vs England (0-3-0)
Between 2009 and 2013, New Zealand and England didn’t face each other in test match cricket. Meaning that when the 2013 series was announced, there was a fair bit of excitement regarding England’s trip down to Oceania. That excitement lasted all of 30 minutes as no play was possible on the first day due to rain and bad light, in day two England were put into bat and were destroyed by Neil Wagner and Bruce Martin who both took 4 wickets for less than 45 runs. It was then New Zealand’s turn to bat and test Debutant - Hamish Rutherford made 171 from 217 balls as New Zealand made 460/9 and declared. However, England’s batsmen recovered tremendously with their openers creating a score of 231 before the first wicket. They held on until the end of day five for a draw.
Unfortunately, in the second test we saw a repeat of the first with a role reversal. England were in control on day four after taking a 211 run lead from the first innings, they put New Zealand back into bat. Kane Williamson held on exceptionally well with the help of rain which ensured that only 35 overs across days four and five. The last test saw very little rain, but ended in another draw with England thanking Matt Prior for avoiding a loss even though the hosts had a 229 point lead after the first inning despite an impressive 73 from Prior. They batted again to extend their lead to 470 despite losing Rutherford, Williamson and Ross Taylor for a combined total of 4. England didn’t reach their 470 target but a combination of Joe Root and Prior faced 306 balls (51 overs) when England were stuck on 5-72 to ensure they didn’t lose the series.
2013 - England Vs New Zealand (2-0-0)
Following the three draws, New Zealand travelled to England for the return series. However, that too was badly damaged by rain and bad light with both days being reduced to around 80 overs. None of England’s top six batsmen player particularly well but they were consistent with all but Nick Compton batting between 31-41 runs before being out. New Zealand’s Williamson and Taylor put up some resistance, hitting a combined total of 126 but England bowled out their opponents for 207. The visitors dropped England to 2-36 from 10 overs before Root and Jonathan Trott took centre to add 127 between them, but England as a team disappeared and were all out for 213, leaving New Zealand with 228 to win. Up-stepped Stuart Broad who bowled an amazing 7/44 as England bowled the visitors out for 68 to lead the series 1-0.
New Zealand were forced into changes due to injuries but the second test was an England masterclass with Graeme Swann taking 10 wickets for 132 across both innings with Root and Alastair Cook both hitting centuries. Rain won the first day as it completely wiped outplay, Root led England to a total of 354 from 99 runs, while NZ were bowled out for 174. England refused to enforce the follow on and set their opponents a target of 468 to win after declaring on 287/5. The Black Caps attempted to hold on with wet weather expected to ruin the second day but England’s bowlers were too strong and England ran out comfortable winners.
2015 - England Vs New Zealand (1-0-1)
This first test match sent shockwaves through the Cricket World as it led to a record-breaking number of runs at Lords. England batted first and were dropped to 4-30 before Root and Ben Stokes both made 90+, Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali then made half-centuries to leave England with a respectable total of 389. NZ then blew England away making 148 for their first wicket, but lost their second immediately after before Williamson and Taylor once again steadied the ship with Williamson finishing on 132 as NZ totally 523 in their innings. England trailed by 134 and looked desperate at 2-25. However, Cook and Stokes both hit centuries and Root hit a grand 84 to give England a total of 478 and a 344 run lead. The visitors then crumbled, losing two wickets before scoring a run, their backline recovered to score 220 runs but it was not enough.
In the second test, there was absolutely nothing between the two sides in the first innings as they both finished all out for 350. The visitors then flew to a 454 point lead thanks to a BJ Watling century. England started on par for the course before losing Gary Ballance, Ian Bell and Joe Root all fell as England went from 61-1 to 62-4. They were all out for 255 and New Zealand tied up the series.
2018 - England Vs New Zealand (0-1-1)
England returned to New Zealand in 2018 hoping to pick up a series win after being frustrated back home. They actually did the opposite, as Trent Boult and Tim Southee taking all 10 of England’s wickets for a measly 58 runs. It was business as usual for New Zealand who declared on 427 after a Henry Nicholls 145. England were set 369 to avoid an innings defeat but they fell for a more respectable 320.
The second was a lot more exciting to watch. As England batted first to a good score of 307 given the conditions, New Zealand replied with a 278. Meaning that we had what could be a great contest on our hands. England lost Cook early for 14 but Mark Stoneman, James Vince, David Malan and Joe Root all hit half-centuries to leave England on 262-5. They eventually declared on 352/9 meaning that NZ needed 381 to win. However, they were dropped for 4-91 and a defeat looked certain but the back-order put a good total on the board as the hosts held on to score 256/8.
Test Match Record since 2015
|Opponent||England (W-D-L)||New Zealand (W-D-L)|
Winner Full Time
England have a habit of letting themselves down against bigger sides and after their T20 triumph against their opponents. I’d expect Kane Williamson and co to get the better of their opponents. 33/10 for a draw is good value but we’re going to go for a New Zealand win.
Top England 1st Innings Batsman
We’re not entirely sure exactly how England will line-up and we think they might change up a few things following their warm-up games. However, our two possible tips come in at 6/1. If England play poorly, we think that Ollie Pope might come through as England’s top batsman. However, we think they’ll come out fighting in the first innings as Zak Crawley will put in a strong performance.
Top New Zealand 1st Innings Batsman
Despite Ross Taylor constantly being a thorn in the side of England in test matches. We think that someone else will be the NZ top batsman, although Taylor is definitely a shout at 7/2. Our top tip is the captain Kane Williamson, missing out on the T20 series due to a recurring injury, he will be looking to avenge the defeat of his side with a fantastic batting performance here.
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