After witnessing some fascinating moments in the T20I series, England and New Zealand will lock horns in the 2 match Test series starting on 21st November. England’s last series was against Australia in September which ended in a 2-2 draw. On the other hand, the Kiwis played their last Test series against Sri-Lanka in Sri-Lanka which ended in a 1-1 draw.
Both the teams have produced satisfactory results but their aim will be to continue with the momentum. As ICC World Test Championship has already begun, both teams will go all out to gain the upper hand early on in the series.
Both teams are looking good on paper but it will be a test of their temperament keeping in mind the conditions in Newzealand. Both teams have some fine performers in their camp but it will be a tight contest keeping in mind the kind of Cricket both teams have played.
We take a look at 5 such players from both England and New Zealand sides who can make an impression for their sides:
Joe Root has always been the most valuable figure for England since his arrival in Test Cricket. The 30-year-old can steady the innings with his patience and ability to stay at the crease for longer durations.
The skipper is quite strong on both sides of the wicket and can tackle the spinners quite intelligently with his footwork. The right-hander has this unique ability to find the gaps with his effortless drives and wristy flicks. Root’s defence has always looked strong on fast wickets and is a strong player off the back foot as well as the front foot.
Root is a kind of player who can build his innings quite intelligently and has this tendency to shuffle in the crease which makes it difficult for the bowlers. Joe Root’s defence has looked solid while playing in seaming conditions.