England and New Zealand have everything to play for when they lock horns against each other in the second and final Test match of the series in Edgbaston, starting June 10 (Thursday).
The Black Caps will be without their skipper Kane Williamson, who will miss out on the tie with an aggravated elbow injury. The visitors will also miss the service of left-arm Mitchell Santner owing to a finger cut. However, Trent Boult is likely to return to the playing XI which will keep the Kiwis in high stead.
There is no Ollie Robinson for England so there will be at least one change but there could also be others. Jack Leach looks certain to play so he will either replace Robinson or come in for one of England’s two experienced fast-bowlers, Stuart Broad or James Anderson. Craig Overton is the other option for the number eight slot that Robinson occupied at Lord’s.
Match: England vs New Zealand, 2nd Test
Date and Time: 10th June 2021, at 3:30 PM IST
Venue: Edgbaston Cricket Ground
The pitch at Edgbaston should have enough in it to keep the bowlers interested. While the pacers will get the new ball to swing around, the spinners will also have a say as the game progresses. With some cloud cover expected during the day, the batsmen will look to get themselves in and see out the new ball.
Although both teams will look to bowl upon winning the toss, the pitch shouldn’t change much during the course of the game.
Predicted Playing XIs
Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (c), Ollie Pope, Daniel Lawrence, James Bracey (wk), Craig Overton, Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Mark Wood
Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson/Tom Blundell, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Kyle Jamieson, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner, Colin de Grandhomme, and Ajaz Patel
England vs New Zealand 2nd Test Dream11 Fantasy Suggestions
Fantasy Suggestion #1: James Bracey, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Joe Root, Rory Burns, Colin de Grandhomme, Craig Overton, Stuart Broad, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult and Mark Wood
Captain: Joe Root. Vice-captain: Tom Latham
Fantasy Suggestion #2: BJ Watling, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Joe Root, Zak Crawley, Colin de Grandhomme, Craig Overton, Stuart Broad, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult and Mark Wood
Captain: Tom Latham. Vice-captain: Stuart Broad