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Lord's Test: England vs New Zealand Day 1 Preview, Team News and Predicted XIs

by  Neel Ashar  •  Last updated on 2021-06-01 20:50:53


The Match Preview

Venue: Lord's Cricket Ground, London, the United Kingdom
Date: 2nd to 6th June 2021
Time: 3:30 P.M. IST onwards

The Pitch Report

Throughout the contest, the Lord's Cricket Ground surface will provide enough of seam and swing action for pacers. It's early summer in the United Kingdom, and the Dukes' ball seams and swings dramatically throughout the duration of the 450-over match. The surface would have a tinge of grass cover to benefit seam and swing bowlers. Tweakers have not had much success on this ground, and it is expected that they will play a containing, defensive role. If the weather continues warm and bright, there may be slow and modest turn. To score big on this pitch, batsmen must play tight to their bodies and avoid driving on the rise.


Team News


  • To open the innings, one of Zak Crawley or Dominic Sibley is expected to team up with Rory Burns.

  • The middle-order is slated to include Joe Root, Ollie Pope, and D Lawrence.

  • James Bracey will almost certainly keep the wickets and make his debut. In such a case, Sam Billings will keep the wickets. He has been named as Ben Foakes' replacement for this series. 

  • The pace arsenal will most likely consist of James Anderson, Olly Stone, Stuart Broad, and Mark Wood, with Jack Leach serving as the spin option.

New Zealand

  • The openers are set to be Devon Conway and Tom Latham.

  • The middle-order will consist of Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, and BJ Watling.

  • With T Boult missing, the fast-bowling attack will most likely consist of K Jamieson, N Wagner, and T Southee.

  • Daryl Mitchell, M Santner, R Ravindra, and C D Grandhomme will compete for the role of an all-rounder.

Weather Forecast

The weather in London, the United Kingdom, is forecast to be gloomy and chilly. There is a 38% chance of rain tomorrow. Temperatures will reach a high of 26 degrees Celsius and a low of 11 degrees Celsius. The relative humidity is expected to be 47%. Winds will also blow at a maximum speed of 19 kilometres per hour from the northwest to the southeast.

Predicted Match XIs

England's Predicted Playing XI: Zak Crawley, Rory Burns, James Bracey(wk), Joe Root (c), Ollie Pope, Daniel Lawrence, Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Jack Leach, Mark Wood

New Zealand's Predicted Playing XI: Devon Conway, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(wk), Colin De Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Doug Bracewell, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee