New Zealand and England will lock horn once again at the Edgbaston in the second Test match after managing to draw the first one at the Lord's Cricket Stadium.
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New Zealand and England will lock horn once again at the Edgbaston in the 2nd Test match after managing to draw the first one at the Lord’s Cricket Stadium.

A new Englishman will replace bowler Ollie Robinson in the second showdown against the Kiwis.

The 27-year-old bowling all-rounder has been suspended from international cricket by the England Cricket Board over his racist and sexist tweets that resurfaced on the internet amid his debut in the first Test.

Once this series is done, England will host Pakistan for the white-ball series. They will play three ODIs and three T20Is in July.

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Nonetheless, New Zealand looked like a better unit in every department of the game in the first Test against the hosts. Captain Kane Williamson took a brave decision to declare his side’s batting earlier than expected in the second innings of the first game.

England, who finished on 275/10 in the first inning were given the task to chase down the 273-run target in two sessions.

At the end of the day, the hosts got to 170/3, courtesy of Dom Sibley’s unbeaten 60 and skipper Joe Root’s 40.

When is England vs New Zealand 2nd Test?

The second Test between hosts England and visitors NZ will kick off on June 10 at the Edgbaston.

Pitch and weather report

Unlike the second day of the first Test match, the second game is probably not going to experience any rain interruption.

There are, however, a slight chance of showers on Day One and Day Five. Pleasant weather is expected throughout the game with an average temperature of 23 degrees celsius.

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The Edgbaston wicket is likely to be bowlers’ paradise as it assists the seamers due usually. The trick lies in the first overs when the ball will offer movement.

The team whose batters bat sensibly with the new ball is likely to come out on top. Once the pitch gets worn out on later days, spinners could be put to use as well.

Probable England XI

Dominic Sibley, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (C), Ollie Pope, Daniel Lawrence, James Bracey (WK), James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, and Mark Wood.

Probable New Zealand XI

Devon Conway, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (WK), Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Ajaz Patel, Tim Southee, and Neil Wagner.

Prediction

England were on the back foot throughout the game and it was quite evident in the entire game. Skipper Joe Root has had to face some slack as well for England’s decision to go for a draw instead of a win in the first game.

This puts NZ on top naturally. They were a better team and their batsman are in fine nick. Devon Conway was subliminal on his debut and he could devastate the Englishmen once against at the Edgbastson.

Hence, Kiwis are likely to draw the first blood in the series.

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