New Zealand vs England
New Zealand vs England, 2nd Test
On Friday, February 24, the second Test of the two-match series between New Zealand and England will take place at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. Under the leadership of Ben Stokes, England has been playing an aggressive brand of cricket that helped them revolutionize their game last year. They continued their form in 2023 and convincingly defeated the Blackcaps by 267 runs at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.
New Zealand Squad:
Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell (wk), Michael Bracewell, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee (c), Neil Wagner, and Blair Tickner.
Ben Duckett, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes (c), Ben Foakes (wk), Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, and James Anderson.
Venue: Basin Reserve, Wellington
Date and Time: February 24, 2023, Friday, 03.30 am IST
Teams should consider batting first and putting runs on the board as the pitch in Wellington is decent for batting, but pacers can still extract something from the surface.
The forecast predicts possible rain on the first and second day of the upcoming Test match in Wellington, with breezy conditions and the likelihood of morning showers. There is also a chance of rain on Day 3. The temperature is expected to be around 21 degrees Celsius.
New Zealand – England Preview:
England will aim to sweep the Test series against New Zealand when they meet in the second and final Test in Wellington. In the first Test at Mount Maunganui, England dominated and won by 267 runs, with James Anderson and Stuart Broad becoming the most successful Test bowling partnership with a total of 1,009 wickets in the longest format of the game, after claiming 12 wickets between them.
The possibility of rain may make it difficult for England to secure a win, even though they would have been the clear favorites if there were no rain.