About the Match
A surprising victory over over the visitors meant that the previous week was one of the best for the hosts as far as Cricket is concerned. They stirred the cricketing world after posting a victory that seemed almost impossible for most part of the test match. They once again lock horns against familiar foes on Friday, 29th May. The kiwis, however, maintained that they would play same attacking brand of cricket and would take the game to England. The past few days have been very eventful for the England cricket. Apart from this victory, the appointment of Trevor Bayliss was a big news and could well make a big impact on this game. While Bayliss would love to start his tenure with a win and make England win the series, the Kiwis will be looking to draw level. The first test was a roller coaster ride and the second one too promises to be the one not meant for faint-hearted ones.
New Zealand has grown leaps and bounds under the aggressive captaincy of Brendon Mcullum. They displayed their class in the shorter version of the game at World Cup and they were ahead for the most part of the test match. They committed a few mistakes on the last day which cost them the match. They once again struggled with their last innings problem with both bat and ball. Amidst the defeat, there were a few brilliant individual performances which kept New Zealand ahead in the game. Kane Williamson's 162 were important to post the first innings lead. Ben Watling played a crucial hand in both the innings, but he might have to sit out in the second test due to the knee injury. Corey Anderson might also have to miss out as he's suffering from back injury. Even if he plays, he will be playing as a pure batsman only. Doug Bracewell and Luke Ronchi are the likely replacements to BJ Watling and Corey Anderson. The kiwis have played aggressive brand of cricket and once again they'll be at their opponents. They didn't go down easily in the first test and it would be tough to beat them again in arguably the most beautiful format of the game.
Things couldn't have turned out better for the England side. There turned around the test match, thanks to some brilliant performance by skipper Alastair Cook, Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad and James Anderson. Mark Wood too impressed one and all after being considered as the weak link in the English bowling. Adam Lyth had a nightmarish start to his test career as he failed to put a considerable score in both innings of the match. The senior statesmen of the side took the responsibly along with a sublime effort from Ben Stokes. Once again the same kind of performance would be expected from them. The crowd played its part and stood behind the hosts which could have made the difference. On a different day, different surface, it is certainly going to be a different ball game, but this English side, having turned the tables, is a force to reckon with.
Headingly surface would not be as easy as Lords to bat first. The pitch has always been good for test cricket, often yielding results and close games. The bowlers will enjoy the bouncy wicket and much would depend on the overhead conditions. England climbed back nicely in the first test and posted a brilliant victory. New Zealand lost their way in the middle of the test match and ended up on the losing side. As was the case with the first test, this too is expected to be a close encounter and the possibility of a draw is on the cards. England's new look squad is definitely a tough team to deal with. New Zealand, however, has performed brilliantly with superb consistently over past few months and I think they'll bounce back in the series.