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New Zealand have upper hand ahead of two-game Test series against England - watch live in India

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The England cricket team and New Zealand return to international cricket action with a two-game Test series that gets underway on June 2.

England, playing their first set of games since March, host the first Test at the iconic Lord’s stadium in London while the second Test will be held at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

The hosts will play with a weakened team as three of their frontline players - Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer - are recuperating from their respective injuries. The seasoned pair of James Anderson - who is chasing 1000 first-class wickets - and Stuart Broad are tipped to anchor the bowling while Rory Burns and skipper Joe Root are well-placed to lead the batting attack.

New Zealand, meanwhile, see this Test assignment as a warm-up for their upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) final against India. The Kane Williamson-led Black Caps have a well-rounded unit at their disposal and are eager to register positive results in the upcoming assignment.

England vs New Zealand Test schedule, fixtures and live India match times

All times are in Indian Standard Time (IST)

Date Match Time (in IST) Venue
June 2 - June 6 England vs New Zealand, 1st Test 3:30 PM IST The Lord’s, London
June 10 - June 14 England vs New Zealand, 2nd Test 3:30 PM IST Edgbaston, Birmingham

England vs New Zealand Test squads

England Test squad: Joe Root (captain), James Anderson, James Bracey (wicket-keeper), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Dom Sibley, Olly Stone, Mark Wood, Sam Billings (wicket-keeper), Haseeb Hameed

New Zealand Test squad: Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Blundell (wicket-keeper), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Devon Conway (wicket-keeper), Colin de Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham (wicket-keeper), Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling (wicket-keeper), Will Young

Where to watch England vs New Zealand Tests live in India?

The England vs New Zealand Test series will be telecast on Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD TV channels in India.

Live streaming of England vs New Zealand Tests will be available on the SonyLIV app.

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