England (539 & 299/5) beat New Zealand (553 & 284) by 5 wickets in the 2nd Test at Nottingham

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England (539 & 299/5) beat New Zealand (553 & 284) by 5 wickets in the 2nd Test at Nottingham

England got off to a positive start under the new leadership of captain Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum despite early wobbles.

New Zealand and England are currently ranked No.7 and 8 on the ICC World Test Championship 2021-2023 standings, with their chances of making it to the final looking bleak.

Both the teams felt blows during the Lord's Test and in the aftermath. England lost Jack Leach due to a concussion, resulting in his withdrawal from the Test and that gave an opportunity to leg-spinner Matt Parkinson, who came in as his replacement, to make his Test debut for the side.

However, Leach has retained his spot after making recovery as England confirmed on Thursday, 9 June, an unchanged XI for the Trent Bridge contest.

For New Zealand, the blows came in the form of Colin de Grandhomme and captain Kane Williamson.

De Grandhomme sustained a heel injury while bowling on the third day of the Lord's Test and will miss the remainder of the series, with Kane Williamson a late withdrawal due to Covid-19.

More on Williamson's absence
The Blackcaps are expected to make a few changes to their line-up with Henry Nicholls also expected to feature in the second Test after recovering from a calf injury.

Remember the last time

Batting collapses, quicks firing from both ends, standout centurions from both teams – the Lord's Test featured engaging days of cricket with a total of 35 wickets falling inside the first three days, before centurion Joe Root and Ben Foakes took the game away from the current ICC World Test champions.

New Zealand decided to have a bat first, but their stay was cut short after veteran James Anderson and debutant Matthew Potts claimed four wickets apiece to wrap up the visitors' innings on 132 in 40 overs, with de Grandhomme top-scoring with 42*.

In response, England's line-up also crumbled after they were bowled out for 141, managing a thin lead. Wickets continued to fall as the visitors lost their top four with their scorecard reading 56/4. From there, Daryl Mitchell (108) and Tom Blundell (96) steadied the ship with a solid stand, helping New Zealand to 285.

England had a target of 277 in front. In their second outing with the bat, they lost four wickets inside 20 overs. It looked like New Zealand's game till then, but Root changed the script along with skipper Stokes.

The in-form Root starred with a sensational 115* while Stokes contributed with a solid 54 and Foakes added 32* as England sealed a five-wicket win early on Day 4.

What they said

England captain Ben Stokes: “It’s my first game in charge and we’ve won. It’s a great start, but there are going to be ups and downs and it’s just about dealing with that. It’s going to be really important how we operate when things don’t go well. That is when we’ll really have to show what we’re about.”

New Zealand coach on Kane Williamson's absence: “It’s such a shame for Kane to be forced to withdraw on the eve of such an important match."

“We’re all feeling for him at this time and know how disappointed he will be."

https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/2642533

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New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will miss the second Test against England at Trent Bridge, after testing positive for Covid-19 the night before the match.

Williamson was found to be positive for Covid following a Rapid Antigen Test after experiencing minor symptoms during the day.

The skipper has begun five days of isolation, with Tom Latham leading the side in Williamson's absence. Latham led the team during the New Zealand summer when Williamson with absent through injury.

The rest of the squad have returned negative tests, with Hamish Rutherford joining the squad as Williamson’s replacement.

“It’s such a shame for Kane to be forced to withdraw on the eve of such an important match,” New Zealand coach Gary Stead remarked.

“We’re all feeling for him at this time and know how disappointed he will be.

https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/2642864
 
England have won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Team News :

England 1 Alex Lees, 2 Zak Crawley, 3 Ollie Pope, 4 Joe Root, 5 Jonny Bairstow, 6 Ben Stokes (capt), 7 Ben Foakes (wk), 8 Matthew Potts, 9 Jack Leach, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 James Anderson.

New Zealand 1 Tom Latham (capt), 2 Will Young, 3 Devon Conway, 4 Henry Nicholls, 5 Daryl Mitchell, 6 Tom Blundell (wk), 7 Michael Bracewell, 8 Kyle Jamieson, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Matt Henry, 11 Trent Boult.
 
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Stokes wins the toss and England will bowl. Oooh-err, always a dodgy decision IMO.
 
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">"He'll want to be there for Ben Stokes, the way Ben was there for him." &#55358;&#56605;<br><br>Nasser Hussain says England's Joe Root will be feeling the 'love' following the reaction to his century last time out ❤️ <a href="https://t.co/GeF83wnzvx">pic.twitter.com/GeF83wnzvx</a></p>— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) <a href="https://twitter.com/SkyCricket/status/1535190016695083008?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 10, 2022</a></blockquote>
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England have won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Team News :

England 1 Alex Lees, 2 Zak Crawley, 3 Ollie Pope, 4 Joe Root, 5 Jonny Bairstow, 6 Ben Stokes (capt), 7 Ben Foakes (wk), 8 Matthew Potts, 9 Jack Leach, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 James Anderson.

New Zealand 1 Tom Latham (capt), 2 Will Young, 3 Devon Conway, 4 Henry Nicholls, 5 Daryl Mitchell, 6 Tom Blundell (wk), 7 Michael Bracewell, 8 Kyle Jamieson, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Matt Henry, 11 Trent Boult.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">England win the toss and choose to bowl first! &#55356;&#57295;&#55356;&#57332;&#56128;&#56423;&#56128;&#56418;&#56128;&#56421;&#56128;&#56430;&#56128;&#56423;&#56128;&#56447; <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ENGvNZ?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ENGvNZ</a> <a href="https://t.co/QErfz7lguS">pic.twitter.com/QErfz7lguS</a></p>— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) <a href="https://twitter.com/SkyCricket/status/1535194227583377410?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 10, 2022</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The XI for the 2nd Test against <a href="https://twitter.com/englandcricket?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@englandcricket</a> at <a href="https://twitter.com/TrentBridge?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TrentBridge</a>. Michael Bracewell will make his Test debut and Matt Henry and Henry Nicholls come back into the side &#55356;&#57295; Follow play LIVE in NZ with <a href="https://twitter.com/sparknzsport?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@sparknzsport</a> and listen on <a href="https://twitter.com/SENZ_Radio?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@senz_radio</a> &#55357;&#56562; <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ENGvNZ?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ENGvNZ</a> <a href="https://t.co/sCXBfd8nBq">pic.twitter.com/sCXBfd8nBq</a></p>— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) <a href="https://twitter.com/BLACKCAPS/status/1535194154027962368?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 10, 2022</a></blockquote>
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Kiwis short of two first picks - no Williamson and no CdDG.
 
Fast bouncy guy not suited to slow low seaming deck?

Fast? Are u sure. Wagner is a massive trundler. He averages 125 speed.
But bounce worked on last pitch. Even on slow pitches bounce can be effective as a surprise tactic.
 
Fast? Are u sure. Wagner is a massive trundler. He averages 125 speed.
But bounce worked on last pitch. Even on slow pitches bounce can be effective as a surprise tactic.

Oh, I have never seen him, read he was quick somewhere.
 
Poor start from England.

Had the initiative with winning the toss on a bit of a greeny but have already handed it back.
 
Poor start from England.

Had the initiative with winning the toss on a bit of a greeny but have already handed it back.

Good start for NZ

NZ 54/0 (15) CRR: 3.6
 
its that man again. good innings from young. well played
stokes is a legend. what a player he truly is. never say die attitude. such a passionate leader. truly inspirational. true matchwinner in every sense.
 
james the man anderson. seriously? what is he taking? someone check his diet hehe. how is he still so good at 39 years of age. what a player. even in india he performed well. averaged 29. 29 for a fast bowler in india is very good. he did ever so well vs pakistan last time we faced him. sure he bombed in australia but everyone struggled there.
 
Depressing from England thus far. Lol

NZ’s session after being put in despite the two wickets. For this to be worthwhile England have to get them out for under 180.
 
Williamson's absence is a blessing in disguise for Kiwis. On current form, Nicholls is much better.
 
NZ session with them scoring 100 despite losing 2 wickets. England bowlers have given away to many easy runs in 1st session.
 
100 runs in the first session on a greenie. NZ's day so far.
 
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Useful mini comeback from England with the two quick wickets but they need another four in the afternoon as a minimum. And to keep a lid on the run rate!

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not impressed with potts. average bowler.
anyone else think he bowls like mohammed shami ?? without the skill or the pace.
 
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Crawley tried to poach Root's catch and grasses it.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">"Down! The first one in this series that England have put down!" &#55358;&#56614;*♂️<br><br>Zak Crowley drops it, was Joe Root better placed? &#55357;&#56876; <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ENGvNZ?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ENGvNZ</a> <a href="https://t.co/OIA4cqlAaN">pic.twitter.com/OIA4cqlAaN</a></p>— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) <a href="https://twitter.com/SkyCricket/status/1535246365428785153?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 10, 2022</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
 
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Stokes keeps chipping away with wickets just when NZ look to take the game away from England . NZ have scored at a good rate but have also lost wickets at regular intervals.
 
Stokes is just an unreal cricketer. Once in a generation type. Sadly, the way things are going, he might be one of the last few truly world class all rounders.
 
Stokes-Foakes strikes!

If only there had been a rebound off Woakes....
 
England need to stop playing Broad and Anderson together.
 
Two wickets in quick succession again.

Two new batters at the crease again.
 
England need to stop playing Broad and Anderson together.

Anderson is still their best fast bowler. Broad should just retire and work for Sky. He is their own version of Rahane who picks up 2-3 wickets in a cluster once every 2 games and keeps his place for another summer.
 
Anderson is still their best fast bowler. Broad should just retire and work for Sky. He is their own version of Rahane who picks up 2-3 wickets in a cluster once every 2 games and keeps his place for another summer.

I agree with this. Also, Anderson is economical when he doesn't pick wicket. Play Anderson and use Broad here and there whenever you want to rest Anderson and others like Woakes are injured.
 
Anderson is still their best fast bowler. Broad should just retire and work for Sky. He is their own version of Rahane who picks up 2-3 wickets in a cluster once every 2 games and keeps his place for another summer.

Last two years he has taken 56 test wickets at average of 22 and strike rate 50, with two fivefers and a tenfer.
 
Last two years he has taken 56 test wickets at average of 22 and strike rate 50, with two fivefers and a tenfer.


Inflated by the great 2020 summer which was a long ago and against sub par batting attacks of Pakistan and west Indies. He has been way below par since then.
 
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">TWO WICKETS IN TWO BALLS!<br><br>Scorecard & Videos: <a href="https://t.co/a85sEabqY4">https://t.co/a85sEabqY4</a><br><br>&#55356;&#57332;&#56128;&#56423;&#56128;&#56418;&#56128;&#56421;&#56128;&#56430;&#56128;&#56423;&#56128;&#56447; <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ENGvNZ?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ENGvNZ</a> &#55356;&#56819;&#55356;&#56831; <a href="https://t.co/a9oeELTph3">pic.twitter.com/a9oeELTph3</a></p>— England Cricket (@englandcricket) <a href="https://twitter.com/englandcricket/status/1535226681329213440?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 10, 2022</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">On a string from Jimmy this morning. &#55358;&#56821;<br><br>Scorecard: <a href="https://t.co/a85sEabqY4">https://t.co/a85sEabqY4</a><br><br>&#55356;&#57332;&#56128;&#56423;&#56128;&#56418;&#56128;&#56421;&#56128;&#56430;&#56128;&#56423;&#56128;&#56447; <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ENGvNZ?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ENGvNZ</a> &#55356;&#56819;&#55356;&#56831; <a href="https://t.co/04ycrxdcxw">pic.twitter.com/04ycrxdcxw</a></p>— England Cricket (@englandcricket) <a href="https://twitter.com/englandcricket/status/1535215678721884160?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 10, 2022</a></blockquote>
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Inflated by the great 2020 summer which was a long ago and against sub par batting attacks of Pakistan and west Indies. He has been way below par since then.

Over the same period Anderson has taken 64 wickets (in four more tests than Broad played) at 23 average and a significantly inferior s/r of 61.
 
NZ 195/4 (51) CRR: 3.82
Day 1: Tea Break
 
Over the same period Anderson has taken 64 wickets (in four more tests than Broad played) at 23 average and a significantly inferior s/r of 61.


Jimmy has been consistently good against everyone recently. Against India, New Zealand and was decent in the Ashes as well. Broad blows hot and cold.. more cold.
 
Over the same period Anderson has taken 64 wickets (in four more tests than Broad played) at 23 average and a significantly inferior s/r of 61.

Remove Windies and then post stats.
 
NZ having a great day so far

306/4 - taking the England bowlers to the cleaners.
 
Over 87 - NZ 318-4 (Mitchell 81no, Blundell 67no) - STUMPS
New Zealand’s day, no doubt about that, as Blundell sees off a Leach over full of full deliveries.

The tourists had a couple of setbacks, slipping from 84-0 to 84-2 and then from 161-2 to 169-4.

But they are in the box seat after the first 87 overs, with the fifth-wicket stand between Mitchell and Blundell now worth 149 and, crucially, unbroken.

You'd take 318-4 at the end of day one after being sent in to bat.

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England are already facing a fight to get back into the second Test after New Zealand took the initiative on day one at Trent Bridge.

Asked to bat on a dry pitch by England captain Ben Stokes, the tourists moved to 318-4 as Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell repeated their huge stand from the first Test at Lord's last week.

England recovered from a poor start with the ball to reduce the Black Caps to 169-4.

But Mitchell made 81 not out and Blundell is undefeated on 67 in an unbroken fifth-wicket partnership of 149.

Crucially, Mitchell survived a relatively straightforward chance to Joe Root at first slip when he had only three, while Blundell edged one through a static cordon late in the day.

England found themselves in danger at various points during the first Test, only to battle to a five-wicket win.

They will need similar resolve here, especially as they will bat last on a surface that could deteriorate.

England deceived by Trent Bridge conditions?

This was a fascinating, often fast-moving day of Test cricket, one made all the more intriguing by the fact both teams look to have mis-read the conditions.

Any criticism of Stokes' decision to field first comes with hindsight. At the time of the toss, the pitch had a green tinge and there was some cloud cover overhead. Tom Latham, leading New Zealand after Kane Williamson was ruled out with Covid-19, also wanted to bowl.

However, the dry nature of the surface has left England with two problems. Firstly, New Zealand have been given the opportunity to build a big total, and there is the real chance that any chase later in the match will come with the challenge of some uneven bounce.

On a blustery day in Nottingham, England's attack struggled for control - only James Anderson and Stokes can feel like they were near their best. Countless rejected requests for the umpires to change the ball gave away the hosts' frustration.

England also fell into old habits with the missed catches - four of them in total, all in the slips.

By the close they were left knowing that an inconsistent batting line-up will have the huge task of playing them back into this match.

Mitchell and Blundell do it again

Mitchell and Blundell's partnership of 195 almost gave England victory at Lord's. Here they have already done enough to give the Black Caps the chance to level the series.

Those before them wasted starts. Will Young with 47, Devon Conway (46), Latham (26) and Henry Nicholls - replacing the injured Colin de Grandhomme - (30), all got in and got out.

Mitchell played a number of reverse-sweeps off the spinners and one of his two sixes - a straight hit off Jack Leach - landed in a spectator's drink. Blundell excelled with drives and cuts through the off side.

Both were missed by Root, but whereas as Mitchell's edge off Stokes should have been taken, Blundell's flash at Leach on 47 was a difficult chance to the slip.

Then, with Stuart Broad using the second new ball, Blundell, on 63, edged between second slip Zak Crawley and third Jonny Bairstow, only for both to watch it go by.

England's positivity put to the test

New captain Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum want England to play positively, even when they find themselves under pressure. That positivity was put to the test on a difficult day at Trent Bridge.

The decision at the toss was compounded by some wayward new-ball bowling. Young and Latham were allowed to add 84 for the first wicket, then Conway and Nicholls 77 for the third.

To their credit, England fought back on both occasions, each time through Stokes and Anderson, who took two wickets apiece with movement the others struggled to find.

Broad's best period came in a spell after lunch - he had Nicholls dropped by Crawley - and Matthew Potts bowled either too full or too short for most of the day.

Left-arm spinner Leach, recovered from the concussion he suffered in the first Test, struggled to hold an end. In total, England leaked 45 boundaries.

The home side will at least return refreshed on Saturday morning with a ball that is only seven overs old.

If they can find a way to break the Mitchell-Blundell partnership, they will hope to make progress past debutant Michael Bracewell towards an aggressive Kiwi tail.

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People often talk about the big names in the NZ lineup of Williamson, Boult and Southee.

However they've a very useful support cast with Latham, Nicholls, Mitchell and Blundell.

When NZ find themselves in trouble, so often there's somebody who steps up.
 
Remove Windies and then post stats.

They all count and WI are not pushovers. [MENTION=151350]Mesozoic[/MENTION]'s post said that Broad should retire, but he has had two good years and just come off a very successful Ashes tour.
 
No one is criticizing the captain on social media because his name is not Joe Root.

Stokes PR is putting the blame on McCullum.
 
Good aggressive cricket by NZ for 80 overs then smart cricket to blunt 2nd new ball. england looked very short of ideas today.
 
England need to move on from Broad. He is past it and doesn't perform consistently.

Jimmy is still their best bowler and regardless of his age, he needs to keep on playing for the foreseeable future.

Potts look very average and Leach is just a rubbish spinner. They might as well bring Moeen back. He can't do any worse than Leach, that is for sure.
 
England got pretty thrashed today to be fair. Lol

Both captains said they would have bowled first, so the coin toss and what the right decision “might have been” is neither here nor there for me.

This pitch is a bit of an illusionary beast, as really it is very flat.

The only lateral movement on offer all day was during ten overs of Anderson and Stokes when they briefly found a bit of reverse swing together and got two wickets. That was all.

England should have taken at least one or two more of the catching opportunities on offer. They missed a trick in the slips. This was their main mistake from the day.

NZ played very well and they can make at least 450 on this; and it’s a dead wicket, so believe it or not, England can do the same.

But where NZ can win the match is by creating scoreboard pressure and looking to defeat the England batsmen on a mental level.

The weather is due to be sunny for the whole match and this dry pitch will begin to develop some cracks. NZ might later regret not picking a spin bowler.

Looking forward to the second day.
 
<b>England v New Zealand: 'Right call' to bowl first, says bowling coach Jon Lewis</b>

England made the "right call" by bowling first in the second Test against New Zealand, according to fast bowling coach Jon Lewis.

Ben Stokes inserted the Kiwis with the Trent Bridge pitch looking green and some cloud overhead - opposing captain Tom Latham would have done the same.

But on what turned out to be a dry surface, New Zealand reached 318-4.

"We took the aggressive option. We wanted to bowl New Zealand out. It was the right call," Lewis told BBC Sport.

England are looking to seal the series after winning the first Test at Lord's by five wickets.

"The important thing about the toss was it was the aggressive play after last week," added Lewis, who played one Test for England in 2006.

"The toss is a really interesting thing in cricket. You shouldn't expect things to happen just because of what happens at the toss.

"You hope it might happen, but you have to do the business in the field. I thought at times we bowled incredibly well and we worked incredibly hard."

However, former captain Michael Vaughan said England's decision betrayed a lack of confidence - the win at Lord's was only their second in 18 matches.

"A good side would have arrived this morning and not have even have hesitated to say 'bat first'," Vaughan told Test Match Special.

"New Zealand will be delighted. I think it's a pretty good pitch."

England's position at the end of the first day was not helped by four missed catches.

Daryl Mitchell, who moved to 81 not out, survived a straightforward chance to first slip Joe Root when he had only three.

Root also missed a harder chance off Tom Blundell, who later edged between second slip Zak Crawley and Jonny Bairstow at third.

Blundell is unbeaten on 67 in a fifth-wicket stand of 149 with Mitchell.

England's poor display is in contrast to their performance at Lord's, when their fielding was faultless.

"Some days you catch the ball, some days you don't," said Lewis. "Unfortunately we missed a couple of chances. We could have easily bowled them out for 250."

England must now look to make inroads into the New Zealand lower order on Saturday morning with a second new ball that is only seven overs old.

When they do wrap up the Black Caps first innings, an inconsistent England batting line-up faces the prospect of having to play Stokes' side back into the match.

"England are a team who still have deficiencies, despite the win at Lord's," said Vaughan, who played 82 Tests for England.

"Today's fielding isn't anything new from England. We hoped what we saw at Lord's would be something new, but it's back to what we have seen over the past few years. I would be amazed if New Zealand field in that fashion.

"It was a day where eight wickets should have fallen, and England are going to have bat very well now."

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England got pretty thrashed today to be fair. Lol

Both captains said they would have bowled first, so the coin toss and what the right decision “might have been” is neither here nor there for me.

This pitch is a bit of an illusionary beast, as really it is very flat.

The only lateral movement on offer all day was during ten overs of Anderson and Stokes when they briefly found a bit of reverse swing together and got two wickets. That was all.

England should have taken at least one or two more of the catching opportunities on offer. They missed a trick in the slips. This was their main mistake from the day.

NZ played very well and they can make at least 450 on this; and it’s a dead wicket, so believe it or not, England can do the same.

But where NZ can win the match is by creating scoreboard pressure and looking to defeat the England batsmen on a mental level.

The weather is due to be sunny for the whole match and this dry pitch will begin to develop some cracks. NZ might later regret not picking a spin bowler.

Looking forward to the second day.

Bowling needs a major shift. Can't win with mediocre players like potts.

Ollie robbie injured
Woakes injured
Anderson playing
Woody every alternate game / replacable with someone like overton Jamie or garton.

Had those 3 players played, England would have been on top easily. You can't win with all your best bowlers out. This is nz's best chance to win. I would also recommend choosing moeen at 7. He adds depth ans quality. In England we don't need spinners unless you are an exceptional leg spinner with turn. Moeen does a fine job as a spinner in England. I do think Craig overton could be played over moeen too. Really there is no need for a spinner unless they are murali/Warne or atleast a kaneira level quality bowler.
 
England got pretty thrashed today to be fair. Lol

Both captains said they would have bowled first, so the coin toss and what the right decision “might have been” is neither here nor there for me.

This pitch is a bit of an illusionary beast, as really it is very flat.

The only lateral movement on offer all day was during ten overs of Anderson and Stokes when they briefly found a bit of reverse swing together and got two wickets. That was all.

England should have taken at least one or two more of the catching opportunities on offer. They missed a trick in the slips. This was their main mistake from the day.

NZ played very well and they can make at least 450 on this; and it’s a dead wicket, so believe it or not, England can do the same.

But where NZ can win the match is by creating scoreboard pressure and looking to defeat the England batsmen on a mental level.

The weather is due to be sunny for the whole match and this dry pitch will begin to develop some cracks. NZ might later regret not picking a spin bowler.

Looking forward to the second day.

Flat by English standards? Perhaps.

But if you can take 4 wickets & miss a few clear cut chances + a couple of roughies then it's not that flat by world standards.

The McCullum/Stokes axis has just had the other side of the coin revealed- in a day that doesn't go so well the other team gets away at 3.65 rpo instead of contained at say 3 or <3 rpo... (relatively modest batters lets face it)

I'm all for Englands new attacking spirit because I'll be interested to watch how they repond or adjust to uch things- instead of being bored by dedication to attrition (a knock on all conservative test sides, not England).
 
Flat by English standards? Perhaps.

But if you can take 4 wickets & miss a few clear cut chances + a couple of roughies then it's not that flat by world standards.

The McCullum/Stokes axis has just had the other side of the coin revealed- in a day that doesn't go so well the other team gets away at 3.65 rpo instead of contained at say 3 or <3 rpo... (relatively modest batters lets face it)

I'm all for Englands new attacking spirit because I'll be interested to watch how they repond or adjust to uch things- instead of being bored by dedication to attrition (a knock on all conservative test sides, not England).

No real strike bowler who can make things happen on low, slow wickets. This is why I don't worship Anderson and Broad like some. We need an all-conditions quick like Bob Willis or Darren Gough.
 
Have a feeling Bundell will get bundled too before another 100.
 
The curse of four medium-pacers again.

Kiwis are going to get 500 here and could win by an innings, barring more Root heroics.

Even if the Kiwis bat again, Anderson won't be effective. In the last 12 months he averages 67 in the second innings, s/r 176.
 
This pitch is a road.

Not conducive to Anderson, Broad, Potts medium-fast type bowling on a good-to-full length. Newer harder ball, older softer ball; doesn’t matter.

We have badly missed a Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, Olly Stone type bowler here. Someone who can bang it in short at speeds of over 90MPH and bounce out the batters. Archer or Stone’s height would help even more. (Stone is at least due to return to domestic cricket this week I hear, which is positive.)

Saqib Mahmood — out for the season — would have been a handy pick also. He can reverse the old ball, which would have been very useful in these conditions.

One can see this morning how the England approach has changed from attacking to containment; reduce the run rate and take time out of the game.

Wonder if the NZ bowlers can do more on this deck than our boys.
Possibly Boult and Wagner with the left-arm swing through the air could cause trouble? It can (conventionally) swing at Trent Bridge to a prodigious degree. Albeit usually under the clouds, and this is set to be a clear skied Test.

But even the NZ bowlers fire, it “should” not be enough to shoot out England for less than 250 on this thing — even if they bat badly.
This scenario would then lead to the England strategy changing to “try and bat out the draw” and preserve their 1-0 lead going into Headingley.

A classically gung-ho England batting collapse and yet another sub-160 score in these sunny, flat, relatively docile conditions however would be grossly unprofessional and completely unacceptable. I hope Brendon has made this clear to them.

The one thing that will remain in England’s favour is that NZ have not picked a spinner. So if the NZ seam bowlers struggle to make anything happen as well, then it could be a very long and exhausting Test match for their attack — if not in the context of taking ten wickets, then perhaps more so when it comes to taking twenty.

Even if Joe Root fails on this pitch once, he would be unlikely to fail twice. This is the sort of pitch (and on this ground) that he has made big hundreds on in the past.

But the scoreboard pressure is going to be rough.
 
Kiwis are going to get 500 here and could win by an innings, barring more Root heroics.

I see this one differently my old friend!

This is the kind of flat deck on which our flakier streakier players like a Crawley or a Bairstow could get a quick hundred.

I think these are very good batting conditions and so it’s also a great opportunity for some of our less experienced guys who haven’t yet got their milestone scores (Lees, Pope, Foakes) to spend some time out in the middle.

It’s Stuart’s home ground, so hopefully Broady can smash and grab a few runs down the order as well.

If of course our lineup does bomb out on this docile deck then they will deserve a critical mauling, but it’s not happened yet.

:)
 
Daryl Mitchell back to back tons.

Well played that man.
 
Another one for the Broad-knockers: Stuart can still come back in the second innings, unlike Anderson, with figures in that phase of the match resembling his career stats.
 
I see this one differently my old friend!

This is the kind of flat deck on which our flakier streakier players like a Crawley or a Bairstow could get a quick hundred.

I think these are very good batting conditions and so it’s also a great opportunity for some of our less experienced guys who haven’t yet got their milestone scores (Lees, Pope, Foakes) to spend some time out in the middle.

It’s Stuart’s home ground, so hopefully Broady can smash and grab a few runs down the order as well.

If of course our lineup does bomb out on this docile deck then they will deserve a critical mauling, but it’s not happened yet.

:)

Yeah but.... our top order guys don't know how to get through the new ball held by test bowlers, road or not.

Happy to be proven wrong.
 
More than the pitch, there has been some criticism of this batch of Dukes balls and England have looked desperate while trying to change the first ball.

No matter how much Jimmy runs his hand through his hair and tried to use his hair product on the ball, it has simply refused to bend to his will.
 
363 4 England looking toothless.

Wicket looks flat and it will be interesting to see how quickly it deteriorates.
 
Another chance grassed.

Back to the standard England car crash in the field after a perfect catching performance at Lord’s
 
363 4 England looking toothless.

Wicket looks flat and it will be interesting to see how quickly it deteriorates.

Probably not much, this is early June not late August.

So much for English groundsmen always making greentops.
 
Graeme Swann wasted in the Sky commentary box. Needs to come onto the pitch and get some wickets. Lol

Jack Leach is a big time trier with a huge heart and is a really good lad, but strictly limited in terms of skill.
 
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