The England cricket team will look to continue their winning momentum as they take on New Zealand in the second Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham starting Friday, June 10.
Under the new leadership of captain Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum, England started their new era in an emphatic fashion as the hosts defeated the reigning World Test Championship (WTC) holders by five wickets in the first Test at Lord’s to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Interestingly, this was England’s second Test win in their last 18 matches in the longest format.
ENG vs NZ Dream11 prediction
England have dominated the New Zealand cricket team in the Test format. England have won 49 of the 108 Test matches that the two teams have contested so far. The Kiwis have secured just 12 victories. 47 matches have ended in draws.
Going by recent form and past head-to-head record, England will start as overwhelming favourites to win the second Test at Trent Bridge and clinch the three-match Test series.
ENG vs NZ Dream11 team tips for 2nd Test
Top tip: Best batter
Picking in-form England batter Joe Root in any fantasy team for this fixture is a no-brainer. The 31-year-old smashed an unbeaten 115 in the second innings to guide England to a five-wicket win and helped his side take a 1-0 lead in the series. Since January 2021, Root has amassed 2192 runs, hitting nine hundreds in the longest format. Root is once again expected to play an important role in Nottingham.
Top tip: Best bowler
Debutant Matty Potts was the wrecker-in-chief for England in the first Test at the Lord’s. The 23-year-old right-arm pacer picked seven wickets in his first Test at an average of 9.71. Considering his impressive form on debut, Potts will be a great fantasy pick for the second Test between England and New Zealand.
Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper
As far as all-rounders are concerned, England captain Ben Stokes will be the overwhelming choice. Stokes registered an impressive half-century in the second innings of the first Test to play a pivotal role in helping England chase down 279. He also picked one wicket in the match. Ben Stokes is likely to contribute with both bat and ball in the second Test and will be a valuable addition to any fantasy team.
For the wicket-keeper spot, New Zealand’s Tom Blundell will be the preferred choice over Ben Foakes of England. Along with his wicket-keeping responsibilities, Tom Blundell played a 96-run knock in the second innings to give New Zealand a fighting chance in the match. He will look to continue his good form in the second Test starting on Friday.
ENG vs NZ probable playing XI
ENG playing XI (probable): Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (captain), Ben Foakes (wicket-keeper), Matt Potts, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
NZ playing XI (probable): Tom Latham, Will Young, Kane Williamson (captain), Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell (wicket-keeper), Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult
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