England vs New Zealand 1st Test: ENG vs NZ Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Fantasy Cricket Tips
A new series, a new opener. Some stories never change in England cricket. Dom Sibley will become England’s 694th Test cricketer when The Three Lions take on New Zealand in the opening Test at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. Following the defeat the T20I series, again by super over, New Zealand will aim to bounce back in the Tests and will hope to continue their winning run over in this format at home.
The last time England played a Test series in New Zealand, they lost first Test by an innings and 49 runs while missed a chance to level the series in Christchurch, courtesy eighth-wicket partnership between Ish Sodhi and Neil Wagner. The duo survived for 188 balls for 37 runs.
Batsmen will enjoy their time in the middle here and a high-scoring contest is on the cards at Bay Oval.
Here is the playing XI of both the teams –
New Zealand decided not to hand debut Test cap to Lockie Ferguson. With a settled pace attack consisting of Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Wagner, by no means Kane Williamson would have tinkered with the combination. Mitchell Santner is the sole spinner in the playing XI while Colin de Grandhomme will provide the all-round option.
Playing XI: Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Wating, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Mithcell Santner, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner
Apart from handing Test debut to Sibley, England will also welcome back Ollie Pope back into playing XI after more than a year. Joe Denly is fit and will move down to number three. Sam Curran pipped Chris Woakes for a place in the playing XI. With no Jonny Bairstow in the squad, Jos Buttler will play as wicketkeeper-batsman for the first time since his return to the Test side.
Playing XI: Dom Sibley, Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Joe Root, Ollie Pope, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Jack Leach, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad
My dream11 team for ENG vs NZ 1st Test –
Tom Latham, Rory Burns, Kane Williamson (Captain), Joe Denly, Ollie Pope, BJ Watling, Mitchell Santner, Ben Stokes (Vice-captain), Jofra Archer, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner
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