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England vs New Zealand, 1st Test – Prediction, Fantasy XI Tips & Probable XI

Sahil Mathur
By Sahil Mathur
June 02, 2021 • 08:20 AM View: 2266

The first of the two-test match series between England and New Zealand will begin on 2nd June. The match is going to be played at Lord's, London. 

ENG v NZ, 1st Test: Match Details

  • Date – 2nd June
  • Time – 3:30 PM IST 
  • Venue – Lord's, London

ENG v NZ, 1st Test Match Preview:

The England squad won't be able to field its best team in this series since they will be missing quite a few of its star players. However, playing in home conditions on the back of some county games, the batters will feel confident to face the Kiwi bowlers. Joe Root and Ollie Pope will be crucial in the middle order. 


The bowling will see both Stuart Broad and James Anderson in the playing XI. There could be a possible addition of Ollie Robinson as the third pacer, who could also bat. 

New Zealand's batting is in full strength for this tour especially with the middle order consisting of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor. There could be a last-minute decision to either seam bowling all-rounder or spin-bowling.  

Kiwis have a set pace attack with Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, and Kyle Jamieson. There is an unlikely chance of any one of them missing the game. 

Although England isn't with the best squad but the home conditions will keep them favorites to win the series. However, this is a good chance for New Zealand to clinch a victory here. 

ENG v NZ, Head-to-Head(H2H):

  • Total – 105
  • England – 48
  • New Zealand – 11
  • Drawn - 46

ENG v NZ, 1st Test Team News: 

  • England - Ben Foakes was ruled out of the squad after injuring himself during a county game. Haseeb Hameed and Sam Billings have been added to the squad. 
  • New Zealand - Trent Boult won't be available for the first test at least. 

ENG v NZ, 1st Test Probable Playing XI:

  • England - Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Rory Burns/Haseeb Hameed, Joe Root (c), Daniel Lawrence, Ollie Pope, Sam Billings (wk), Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, James Anderson
  • New Zealand - Tom Blundell, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(wk), Daryl Mitchell/ Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Doug Bracewell/ Matt Henry

ENG v NZ, 1st Test Fantasy XI:

  • Wicket-keepers - BJ Watling
  • Batsmen - Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ollie Pope, Joe Root(vc)
  • All-rounders - Colin de Grandhomme, Dan Lawrence
  • Bowlers - Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee(c), James Anderson, Stuart Broad

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