Second Test Match, New Zealand vs England,
Hagley Oval, Christchurch, March 30 to April 03
New Zealand lead the two match series 1 – 0
England were banged hard by the home team New Zealand in the rain-marred Auckland Test by a margin of an innings and 49 runs. Though this is just their 10th Test victory against England, they will take much confidence from the massive win.
With this defeat, England just worsened their Away record. They have lost 9 out of their recent 10 overseas Tests with the other match being drawn. And the most worrying factor was that 5 out of the 9 defeats are ‘by an innings’.
Visitors won’t be looking to make too many changes before the second Test even after the heart breaking loss. They might, however, look to replace the out-of-form Moeen Ali who was wicket less in the only innings England bowled. He too scored only 28 runs with the bat registering a duck in the first innings.
England’s coach Trevor Bayliss also hinted the same: “I’m sure he [Moeen Ali] is disappointed with the way he’s gone. He had a fantastic summer, this winter away I’m sure hasn’t gone how he would have liked. I’m sure that will be a discussion.”
On the other hand, hosts New Zealand are pumped and will be eagerly waiting for the second Test. They are forced to make one change though with Todd Astle ruled out due to side strain. He would be gutted with himself to miss a game at his home ground just after picking up 3 crucial wickets in the second innings of first Test. Ish Sodhi has been named as his replacement in the squad.
How did the teams fare at Christchurch?
New Zealand lost their only Test match out of four Tests at this venue to Australia by a margin of seven wickets played in 2016. On the other hand, England will be playing their first Test at this venue starting from Friday.
New Zealand: Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry
England: Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, Joe Root (c), Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Craig Overton, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Mark Wood, Liam Livingstone, Mason Crane, James Vince, Ben Foakes, Jack Leach
Test Series schedule:
Practice Match #1: New Zealand XI vs England, March 14-15, Venue: Hamilton
Practice Match #2: New Zealand XI vs England, March 16-17, Venue: Hamilton
Test #1: New Zealand vs England, March 22-26, Venue: Auckland
Test #2: New Zealand vs England, March 30 – April 03, Venue: Christchurch
“Photo credits to Cricket Australia”