New Zealand vs England – 2nd Test Match Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is New Zealand vs England taking place? Thursday, November 28th (10pm UK)

Where is New Zealand vs England taking place? Seddon Park, Hamilton

What is the expected weather for New Zealand vs England? 24c with cloud scattered rain showers throughout the five days which may affect play

What channel is New Zealand vs England on? This match will be televised live on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream New Zealand vs England? This match can be streamed live on the SkyGo app

Where can I get tickets for New Zealand vs England? Tickets details for this match can be found here!

LAST MEETING
New Zealand beat England by an innings and 65 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ZEALAND

  • New Zealand produced an impressive performance with both bat and ball to beat England by an innings and 65 runs in Mount Maunganui on a surface that clearly favoured the batsmen but the Blackcaps' bowling unit got far more out of the pitch than the English attack.
  • The only real negative from the opening Test for Kane Williamson’s men was the injury sustained by Trent Boult as he could only bowl six overs in the second innings due to a rib injury and he is highly unlikely to play here so that opens the door for Lockie Ferguson to come into the side or potentially Matt Henry.
  • With a series in the Test Championship against arch-rivals Australia following this two-match series, the Kiwis are unlikely to risk Boult while skipper Williamson is also struggling with a back problem but he is expected to shake that off to play this second Test in what will be an unchanged team other than the Boult switch.

ENGLAND

  • England were pretty poor on their return to Test action as their batting once again let them down while their bowlers did not fare much better as they toiled for 201 overs as New Zealand amassed 615/9 and that ultimately proved too much for the tourists.
  • The lack of impact made by the pace bowlers was alarming and once again their weakness with the Kookaburra ball compared to the Dukes was clear to see as both Broad and Archer struggled to make an impact and they may contemplate giving a chance to Chris Woakes to freshen the attack up after such a heavy workload.
  • The batting remains vulnerable and while the change in approach was clear to see as they batted much more patiently and scored at a slower rate, there were plenty of examples of the batsmen getting established and then failing to convert their starts into a big score on what was a friendly pitch while skipper Joe Root suffered two more failures.

THE PREDICTION

England were incredibly poor in the first Test and they have been on the receiving end of plenty more criticism after that below-par display. Their batting was weak with so many batsmen giving their wickets away while the bowlers looked incredibly ineffective. That does not bode well for this pitch in Hamilton that will likely offer more to the bowlers and that could make the hosts even more dangerous. England will be desperate to show a reaction, but for however long they continue to be incapable of batting for long periods of time, they will struggle. Kane Williamson’s men have plenty of room for improvement also and they can step up a level once again and inflict more Test misery on England.

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