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England vs New Zealand Lord's Test Day 4 Preview, Team News and Playing XIs

by  Neel Ashar  •  Last updated on 2021-06-05 13:32:53


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

The Lord's Cricket Ground surface will give ample seam and swing movement for pacers across the whole contest. The Dukes' ball seams and swings substantially throughout the 450-over match, which takes place during the early summertime in the United Kingdom. A small amount of grass is sown on the pitch to aid seam and swing bowlers. The slow bowlers haven't had much success on this pitch, so they'll most likely be on the defensive, containing side. If the weather remains warm and sunny, there may be slow and gradual turn on offer. Batsmen must play tight to their bodies and avoid driving on the up to score big on this wicket.


Team News


• Dominic Sibley and Rory Burns would open the innings.

• The middle order consists of Joe Root, Ollie Pope, and D Lawrence.

• James Bracey made his debut and is tasked with keeping the wickets. In the case of an injury, Sam Billings will keep the wickets. For this series, he has been cast as Ben Foakes' replacement.

• James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Ollie Robinson, and Mark Wood lead the pace bowling department, with Joe Root providing spin.

New Zealand

• The opening batters are Devon Conway and Tom Latham.

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

• With T Boult out, K Jamieson, N Wagner, Colin de Grandhomme, and T Southee are the fast-bowling options.

• M. Santner and C. D. Grandhomme chip in as all-rounders.

Weather Forecast

London, England, is expected to see gloomy and cold weather. Saturday has a 73 percent chance of rain. Temperatures will range from 23 to 12 degrees Celsius. The relative humidity is forecast to be 68%. Winds will also blow from the northwest to the southeast at speeds up to 13 km/h.

Match XIs

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

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