When the Joe Root-led England cricket team takes on Kane Williamson’s New Zealand in the first Test at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London, on June 2, they will be hoping to get off to a winning start. Meanwhile, the Kiwis will try to gain confidence ahead of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final later this month. Trent Boult, an experienced bowler with a strong record against England, would be missed by the visitors. James Bracey Make His Debut For England In Test.
Devon Conway and Colin de Grandhomme were outstanding “Opening for New Zealand”
Because Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, and Moeen Ali have all been rested, the England and Wales cricket board named Stuart Broad as Joe Root’s replacement on Tuesday. James Bracey will be England’s 698th player, and he will maintain the wickets for the hosts, according to the board.
Boult will leave for the United Kingdom on Friday and will be available just for the World Test Championship final against India on June 18.
In four Tests in England, Boult has 21 wickets, including two five-wicket deliveries. In ten Tests against England, he has 48 wickets, including four five-wicket deliveries. Devon Conway and Colin de Grandhomme were outstanding during the intra-squad encounter and are expected to start the opening Test for New Zealand.
For the two-match series against New Zealand, England, on the other hand, has rested its key multi-format players. This means that England’s batting line-up will be held together by skipper Joe Root and Ollie Pope. As wicket-keeper batsman Ben Foakes was ruled out of the series due to a freak injury in the dressing room, James Bracey is ready to make his Test debut.
In the build-up to the Ashes 2021-22, it will be interesting to watch whether England will stick with the seasoned opening pair of Dominic Sibley and Rory Burns or test its greatest strength.
England squad vs New Zealand: Joe Root, James Anderson, James Bracey, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Dom Sibley, Olly Stone, Mark Wood, Sam Billings, Haseeb Hameed.
New Zealand squad vs England: Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Rachin Ravindra, Will Young, Jacob Duffy, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tom Blundell, Devon Conway, Tom Latham, BJ Watling, Doug Bracewell, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Ajaz Patel, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner.