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Tournament: New Zealand tour of England, 2022.
Date: June 23, 2022
Venue: Headingley, Leeds, England.
New Zealand takes on England in the 3rd and final cricket test match of the 3-match test series going on in England. England has already sealed the series win with an invincible 2-0 lead in the series. England registered a win by 5 wickets in the opening game while they won the second match by a similar margin. The second match was a thrilling game of cricket. After having won the test series by a convincing margin of 2-0, England will be keen to rest their experienced frontline pacers Stuart Broad and James Anderson. It is expected that Jamie Overton will get his maiden test cap in this game. Another player likely to miss out on the test is Matthew Potts, due to the reason of workload management. The hosts may think about bringing in Craig Overton also in case the team management decides to rest both Broad and Anderson for the match.
Joe Root has an impressive record against New Zealand. He has scored 1297 runs from 28 innings with an excellent average of 48.04. He is also in great form with the bat with a couple of hundreds in the ongoing series. He has top-scored with 176 runs in the series and is the player to watch out for. Another player who has done well for England against the kiwis is Ben Stokes. He has managed to amass 652 runs and has taken 9 wickets against this opposition in test cricket. He has been in a good form in the series with the bat. Stokes has scored176 runs at a terrific average of 58.66 with a couple of half-centuries. He is also handy with the ball and England can expect the all-rounder to do well in the remaining test match as well.
Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Ben Foakes, Jamie Overton, Matty Pots, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, Sam Billings.
New Zealand on the other hand will be hoping to finish the test series on a high note. They will be keen to play competitive cricket and try to take home a win in the final test. For New Zealand, Cam Fletcher has sustained an injury. As a result, he has been ruled out by the team. He will be replaced by the wicketkeeper-batsman Dane Cleaver. After suffering a back injury, Kyle Jamieson will also miss out on the 3rd test. The fast bowler Blair Tickner will be the replacement for Jamieson in the side. Two other players Michael Bracewell and Devon Conway tested positive for coronavirus. Their availability for the test match is dependent on their full recovery. The kiwis have not announced any plans for replacing these couple of players from their team. The team captain Kane Williamson missed out on the second test after he tested positive for COVID and he is also a doubtful starter for this game.
Tom Blundell has a promising record against England in test matches. He was successful in scoring 274 runs from five innings against this opposition at an average of 54.80. In the ongoing test series, Blundell has been successful in scoring 240 runs with an average of 60. He also scored a hundred in the first innings of the 2nd test. He is in terrific form with the bat at the moment. Trent Boult has a great record against England in the test matches. He has been successful in picking 66 wickets against this opposition at an average of 24.21. He is also the leading wicket-taker for the kiwis in the series. He has picked up 12 wickets, from 4 innings. He is going to remain a threat to the English batsmen. He will have an especially important role to play due to the absence of Kyle Jamieson.
Tom Latham, Will Young, KS Williamson, Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell, Michael Bracewell, TG Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult.
If you take a close look at the matches played at the Leeds venue, you will find that the teams chasing a target in the 4th innings of a test match do not have a very good record. Chasing targets is tough at the venue with an average 4th innings total at the ground being 166 runs. So, the team winning the toss may elect to bat first at this ground.
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The last couple of test matches played at the venue witnessed relatively low scores by the teams compared to the other English grounds. The team batting first at the venue would be looking to post a total in the excess of 300 runs to harbor any hopes of winning the test match. Both skippers will be looking at their fast bowlers to be their main wicket-takers in the match.
• T. Blundell (w)
• T. Latham
• J. Root (c)
• A. Lees
• O. Pope
• J. Anderson
• T. Southee
• T. Boult
• M. Potts
• D. Mitchell (vc)
• B. Stokes
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England has already been successful in sealing a win in the series with clear victories in the first and second tests. They managed to win the 2nd test by a margin of 5 wickets to win the series. England had lost their earlier test series against the Caribbeans 0-1. In the meantime, New Zealand conceded the test series with their troubles continuing after a loss of some key members of the squad. They were successful in drawing the two earlier test series against Bangladesh and South Africa.
These two countries have played 109 test matches thus far against each other. England has emerged ahead in the series with 50 victories while New Zealand has been successful in winning just 12 matches. 47 of the test matches in these 109 matches have ended in a draw. England will be looking to provide a whitewash to the kiwis who will be looking to salvage some pride.
Joe Root is an extremely consistent batsman at the test level. He also has a good record against New Zealand. You can bet on him to top score in this match again.
Southee is an experienced bowler and he is expected to do well again for the kiwis as they look to salvage some pride in the last test.
Trent Boult has a tremendous record in test match cricket against England. You can bet on him to emerge as the leading wicket-taker.
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