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All you need to know: Black Caps v England - second test

Author
Cameron McMillan, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Fri, 10 Jun 2022, 11:38am
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson during a nets session at Trent Bridge. Photo / AP
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson during a nets session at Trent Bridge. Photo / AP

All you need to know: Black Caps v England - second test

Author
Cameron McMillan, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Fri, 10 Jun 2022, 11:38am

Schedule

New Zealand v England, from 10pm, Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

The series is still alive!

The beauty of the rare three-test series for the Black Caps. They lost the first test but are still a chance to win the series.

Think back to the New Zealand summer when the Black Caps lost the opening test to Bangladesh and there went their chance of a series win. And then the following series against South Africa also finished 1-1.

Also worth noting, in an almost 12-month long hangover, the Black Caps have now lost four of their seven tests since claiming the World Test Championship title.

Trent Boult at Trent Bridge?

Boult has yet to play a test at the ground, or any form of international, along with the rest of the New Zealand squad with 2008 being the side's last visit there. Only Kane Williamson and Tim Southee have played an ODI at the ground in 2015 when Williamson made 90 in a high-scoring defeat (Southee finished with 1-70).

Despite that New Zealand has a strong link to the ground. Sir Richard Hadlee had a long county career at Notts, including one of the great seasons in 1987 when he topped the first-class bowling table and finished third in the batting – 1,111 runs at 52.90; 97 wickets at 12.64. He was recently voted the greatest all-time Notts player by supporters and there is even a special Hadlee area at the ground.

Decision at the toss?

Colin de Grandhomme misses the rest of the series and faces up to 12 weeks out with a right heel tear suffered at Lord's. Michael Bracewell stays with the side as a result, and Henry Nicholls is expected to resume at number five after recovering from his calf injury.

The big call will be whether to stick with spinner Ajaz Patel, who made a brief cameo at Lord's after being dealt to by Ben Stokes, or go back to the tried and true four-man pace attack with Neil Wagner returning to the side. It appears Gary Stead and Williamson may be leaning towards a change in the attack.

What does history say

The Black Caps have played nine tests in Nottingham, going back to 1969, and have just one victory coming in 1986. That was thanks largely to Hadlee, as was the theme of the mid-eighties, taking 10 wickets for the match as well a first innings ton for John Bracewell batting at eight. But that's the only win.

The last time the two sides met at Trent Bridge was a dominant win for the home side. Batting first, England made 364 with Kevin Pietersen crafting 115 while Tim Ambrose (67) and Stuart Broad (64) chipped in down the order. The Black Caps were then bowled out for 123 with a 40 at the top of the order by Jamie How the only highlight - James Anderson dismissed New Zealand's top seven batsmen to finish with 7-43. New Zealand improved with 232 in the second innings, Brendon McCullum top scoring with 71 and Ryan Sidebottom took 6-67, but they still lost by an innings and nine runs losing the series 2-0.

The Anderson factor

As above, Anderson loves playing at Trent Bridge. In 11 tests he has taken 68 wickets, second behind Lord's, at an average of 19.44 with seven five-wicket bags. Stuart Broad has 41 wickets at the ground at 23.80. You wouldn't put it past them dominating again the way the New Zealand top order has been performing of late.

Teams:

Black Caps (likely XI): Tom Latham, Will Young, Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell (wk), Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent Boult.

England (likely XI): Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (c), Ben Foakes (wk), Matthew Potts, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Jack Leach.

Form

Last five matches:

New Zealand LLWWL
England WLDDL

Umpires:

Paul Reiffel and Michael Gough.

Odds (TAB):

New Zealand - $2.65
Draw - $4.90
England - $1.97

How to watch:

The Herald will provide live updates at nzherald.co.nz/sport. The game will be broadcast and streamed live on Spark Sport and the Spark Sport app.