England vs New Zealand Test Series
This entry was posted on Monday, March 4th, 2013
It seems to have been a while since England and New Zealand last competed in test cricket, and that may be because considering today’s constant cricket merry-go-round, it has been. The sides last competed way back in 2008, when England won four of six matches, hosted evenly between the two nations.
The big difference between those series, and the upcoming battles will be the absence of former captain Daniel Vettori, sidelined with a recurrence of a left Achilles tendon strain. The Kiwis have also suffered a further blow in the build-up with an injury to pacer Doug Bracewell, who has suffered a cut foot. Some things don’t change however – New Zealand will rely on Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor and Peter Fulton for runs.
For England there will be few personnel surprises, although it will be interesting to see how Chris Woakes bowls, and if Joe Root can continue his sumptuous start to international cricket. Confidence in the tourists may have been shaken somewhat after they succumbed to defeat by a New Zealand XI in their one and only warm-up fixture. Having scored 426 in their first innings, the wheels came off when they set their opponents 334 to win and were beaten by three wickets.
New Zealand have failed to win any of their last eight home series against top-seven ranked international sides, a run stretching back to December 2006. On the basis that NZ could be out of their depth, but that one test match in three tends to end in a tie, we are all over the 2-0 England on offer at Betfair at 3.2.