Sunday, October 2, 2022

Choice plot surrounds the English-New Zealand opener at Lord’s

By AFP

LONDON: England and New Zealand go down on Wednesday’s first Test at Lord’s, with both sides potentially making uncomfortable choices.

The hosts will be in a match marking the return of spectators to international cricket in England after their home games were played behind closed doors last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, which led to an attack by injured World Cup winners Ben Stokes (finger) and Jofra farm. Sagittarius (elbow).

England, amid bubble cricket and an overcrowded schedule that continues after the two New Zealand Tests with a series of five matches at home in India and an Ashes tour through Australia later this year, was recently reluctant to deploy James Anderson . and Stuart Broad, their most successful Test bowlers of all time, in the same XI.

They also rested several players after their tournament in the Indian Premier League, including wicketkeepers Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow.

Their absence, along with the freak torn hamstring that Ben Foakes, England’s keeper suffered for most of their 3-1 series loss in India this year when he slipped on the Surrey locker room floor, paved the way for Gloucestershire’s James Bracey to make a Test debut.

– ‘Cannot be ignored’ –

The 24-year-old Bracey, although admitting to being the beneficiary of Foakes ‘freak accident, said:’ I’m very excited about the possibility of playing two of the world’s best teams this summer, and of course an Ashes -tour next winter is also another goal.

“Hopefully I will be in a position where I can not be ignored.”

England captain Joe Root was hit on the right hand by striker Chris Silverwood on Monday by striker, who is now in charge of selecting the team after England beat national selector Ed Smith .

But after treatment, Root told reporters he was “fine” and England expected him to be fit.

Both Broad and Anderson, who are ashamed to equal the English record of 161 Tests held by retired former captain Alastair Cook, have said they want to resume their partnership.

And for all the English pace options, including unlimited Ollie Robinson and fast-paced Mark Wood, New Zealand coach Gary Stead looked no further than veteran duo Anderson and Broad, who have more than 1,000 Test wickets between They have.

“If you have a first bowling attack, there are more than 1,000 test wickets between them that don’t look like there is anything light,” Stead said.

New Zealand expect Trent Boult to miss the two-match series against England, hoping that the left-handed seam bowler – who will only arrive in the UK on Friday after resting following the IPL – will be fresh for the first World Test Championship of this month. final against India in Southampton.

New Zealand – who have won their last six Tests, all at home – can be sure of the majority of an XI led by excellent batsman Kane Williamson.

But they have to decide whether Devon Conway, Tom Blundell or Will Young, in good form for the English district of Durham, start with Tom Latham in the New Zealand first game at Lord’s, since a frightening Super Over loss to England in the World Cup final in 2019.

Meanwhile, fit Colin de Grandhomme and Daryl Mitchell are fighting for the versatile role, with specialist spinner Mitchell Santner and seam bowler Matt Henry wanting to complete the bowling attack.

Stead gave little away and said: ‘We were pretty consistent in choosing our Test teams, and I don’t think that’s going to change too much at this stage’.

Stead, who want to lead New Zealand to their second victory over Lords in the Test match, added: “The point will ultimately, in my opinion, determine which direction we go.”

Both teams will have some knowledge to address, as former New Zealand international Jeetan Patel is England’s coach for spin bowling and Phil Neale, the English operations manager for 21 years, until he retires in October, is now the team official for the Blackcaps.

Neale said his temporary role would allow him to ‘properly’ say goodbye to the English players, adding: ‘I’m sure they will pull my leg to work for the opposition – but if anyone says anything, will I stand next to Jeetan Patel! “

Likely teams and officials for the first Test between England and New Zealand at Lord’s starting Wednesday:

England: Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (capt), Ollie Pope, Dan Lawrence, James Bracey (wkt), Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, James Anderson

New Zealand: Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wkt), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Matt Henry

Referees: Richard Kettleborough (ENG), Michael Gough (ENG).

TV Referee: Richard Illingworth.

Match Referee: Chris Broad (ENG).

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