England vs New Zealand Test Series 2013

This entry was posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Good Luck with that Key

Ah, the first morning of an English test summer. The sun is out, a little bit of dew hangs in the air and Geoffrey Boycott loiters with menace ready to stick a key in some dirt. Well Boycs, good luck finding that key were you to drop it on Thursday morning. Or indeed, if you believe the forecast, any subsequent morning either.

So with the acknowledgement that the first test may only see a result if the ECB suddenly permit matches to be played not just below sea level but also below the level of the sea, what does the remaining fixture have on offer for us in this abrupt two-match series.

When this was all originally pencilled in, the series was all about a warm-up for the Ashes, but following Matt Prior’s heroics in the early Spring, it suddenly has some edge. And having taken the Black Caps for granted back then, Alistair Cook and chaps surely wont make the same mistake twice. Indeed, whisper it quietly, New Zealand may be England’s toughest opponents of the Summer.

KP will still be absent, but the return of Graeme Swann from a long term elbow injury will bolster an English bowling attack which underperformed in New Zealand. The tracks out there seemed to be purposefully designed to nullify England’s pace attack, but Headingley is unlikely to be that anodyne. New Zealand haven’t won a test here in their last two tours and won’t start now. Back 1-0 England at 2.56.

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