This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
The whole Day 1 was abandoned due to rain. Now both sides are left with only 4 days to prove their worth.
New Zealand will be aiming to level the series after England comfortably achieved victory in the opening test after a batting meltdown by Kiwis in 4th innings when they were seemed to be potential winners. Ross Taylor played positively in the 1st test which is a good sign for the visitors since he is their best batsman and hasn’t been in the greatest of form of late. The likely Kiwi squad will include: 1 Peter Fulton, 2 Hamish Rutherford, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Dean Brownlie, 6 Brendon McCullum (capt), 7 Martin Guptill, 8 Tim Southee, 9 Bruce Martin, 10 Neil Wagner, 11 Trent Boult.
England made the Black Caps out for just 68 in their second innings at Lord’s last week to enjoy a 170-run win that took them to a lead of 1-0 up in a two-match series. James Anderson proved his worth during the 1st test and bowled extremely well teaming up with the other fast bowlers in Broad and Finn, Anderson will continue to have an influence on this series. The probable English lineup will include: 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Nick Compton, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Ian Bell, 5 Joe Root, 6 Jonny Bairstow, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 James Anderson, 11 Steven Finn.
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