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Pitch Report for the England vs New Zealand Match at Headingley
The last 8 Tests at Headingley have produced a result, with the team batting second winning 5 games. All the batters have to do is to see out the opening day and wait for the conditions to get better.
Weather Report for the Match
Heavy showers are expected on days 2, 3, 4, and 5.
Probable Playing XIs for England vs New Zealand Match
Probable XI for England: Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (c), Ben Foakes (wk), Matty Potts, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
Probable XI for New Zealand: Tom Latham (c), Will Young, Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell (wk), Ajaz Patel, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent Boult
Power Players for England vs New Zealand Match
With 373 runs at an average of 124, Daryl Mitchell is the highest run-scorer of the series. Interestingly, his hundreds in the series have come in the second innings. His average has shot up to 90.4 against England in four appearances.
Joe Root is now the No. 1 batter in the ICC Test Rankings. He has scored four hundreds in the last five Tests. At Headingley, he has scored two hundreds and three fifties in 8 Tests.
Smart Picks for England vs New Zealand Match
Jonny Bairstow eclipsed all the top performers of the series with his spectacular knock of 136 off 92 on the final day of the Nottingham Test. In 2022, he has slammed three hundreds in six Tests.
Stuart Broad and James Anderson have taken 89 wickets in 21 matches between them at the venue. In the ongoing series, they have managed 20 wickets.
Trent Boult, the highest wicket-taker of the series, has bagged 39 wickets in 7 Tests against England in their own den. Although his 8 wickets in the last game went in vain, the performance will make him a top pick for the final match.
Tom Blundell complimented his 96 at Lord’s with a well-deserving 106 at Trent Bridge. His ability to occupy the crease for longer periods under pressure makes him a valuable player not only for New Zealand but also for the fantasy players. Behind the wickets, he has pouched 9 catches.
Injuries to regular England pacers has been a blessing in disguise for the team, making way for the new and emerging talent in Matthew Potts. In 6 First-Class games before the series, Potts had taken 35 wickets. He has transformed his talent into performance at the international level too, taking 10 wickets in two Tests.
In County Cricket, Ollie Pope had scored 417 runs at 69.5 in five games, including a hundred and three fifties. His 145 last week was a testament to the form he has been in the English summer.
Captaincy has suited Ben Stokes. His 116 runs in two innings came at a strike rate of 123, showing the confidence he is brimming with. At the venue, he has two hundreds and a fifty in four matches. Remember the famous Ashes knock?
Kane Williamson’s scores at Leeds read 13, 3, 0, and 6. In England, he averages a mere 26. However, he is their best batter and can turn things around.
England have already sealed the series 2-0 and will look for a clean sweep to accumulate vital points for the World Test Championship. New Zealand, the defending champions, have fought tooth and nail, but the hosts have been too hot to handle.
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Time: June 23, 3:30 PM IST