James Anderson and Stuart Broad, the most prolific wicket-takers in English test history, will return to the team for the first match of the three-test cricket series against New Zealand starting Thursday (June 2) at Lord’s. There was also a new face alongside the two veterans in the bowling attack when the team was named on Wednesday, with Matthew Potts selected for his debut to complete the lineup of seamers.
The 39-year-old Anderson and 35-year-old Broad were dropped for the recent tour of the West Indies but return at the first time of asking under new captain Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum. England is without a slew of pace bowlers due to injury, with Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, Olly Stone, Saqib Mahmood and Matt Fisher among those sidelined.
That created space for Potts to fill, with the 23-year-old paceman picked ahead of Craig Overton. Domestic form has proved crucial to Potts’ elevation ? he has taken 35 wickets in his first six county championship matches for Durham this year.
Jonny Bairstow was selected at No. 5, meaning in-form Yorkshire batter Harry Brook must wait for his Test debut. England has won just one of its last 17 tests and is playing the inaugural world champion in the longer format
England vs New Zealand, First Test
Venue: Lord’s, London
Date & Time: June 2 to 6 at 3:30 PM IST
Live Streaming and TV details: Sony Sports Network and SonyLiv website and app
ENG vs NZ Dream 11 Prediction
Wicketkeeper: Jonny Bairstow, Ben Foakes, Tom Blundell
Batters: Kane Williamson, Tom Latham, Joe Root, Devon Conway
All-rounders: Ben Stokes
Bowlers: James Anderson, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson
Captain: Joe Root
Vice-Captain: Devon Conway
ENG vs NZ Probable Playing XI
England: Zak Crawley, Alex Lees, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (C), Ben Foakes (WK), Matthew Potts, Jack Leach, James Anderson, Stuart Broad
New Zealand: Tom Blundell, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson (C), Will Young, Henry Nicholls/Michael Bracewell, Tom Blundell (WK), Colin de Grandhomme/Daryl Mitchell, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Matt Henry/Trent Boult, Neil Wagner