New Zealand’s strong playing XI is a big threat to Team India (PC-AFP)
The first Test match between England and New Zealand (ENG VS NZ) has started at Lord’s. Team India will also have eyes on this match as it has to face in the final of the World Test Championship (WTC Final) on June 18.
New Delhi. The long Test season has begun on England soil. The hosts are competing with New Zealand (ENG VS NZ, 1st Test) at the historic ground of Lord’s. The competition is very important for both the teams, especially for New Zealand, who have to play the final of the World Test Championship (WTC Final) on 18 June. New Zealand will take on Team India in the final and the series against England is like a great preparation opportunity for them. Team India’s eyes are also on this series as it will get a chance to understand the shortcomings and strengths of both New Zealand and England. By the way, let us tell you that the kind of playing XI New Zealand has brought in the Lord’s Test, it has rang alarm bells for Team India. Let’s tell how?
Actually, the 11 players that New Zealand has fielded in the Lord’s Test are a matter of concern for Team India. New Zealand has given 6 batsmen and 5 bowlers a chance in the playing XI against England. Out of 5 bowlers, there are 3 such players who have the ability to bat very well. Meaning he is adept at turning matches with ball and bat.
New Zealand’s Playing 11 in Lord’s Test
Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jameson, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner. New Zealand’s playing XI looks quite balanced. The first 6 players are batsmen and after that three all-rounders in the form of Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jameson are making this team very strong.
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Features of New Zealand’s bowling
According to the conditions in England, New Zealand’s bowling looks very strong. Tim Southee swings the ball and Jameson-Wagner has great bounce. Colin de Grandhomme is an expert in swinging the ball. On the other hand, Mitchell Santner is a spinner with accurate line length. Right now there is no Trent Boult in this team and he will definitely play in the final of the World Test Championship. In such a situation, it is clear that this playing XI of New Zealand is ringing alarm bells for Virat Kohli and Co.