Eng vs Nz Test 2

No let-up in prospect as England, New Zealand lock horns again at Trent Bridge After a gripping first Test at Lord's, England brace for backlash as NZ regroup

England delivered in style - through Joe Root in the final analysis of course, whose sublimely paced century was his first in the fourth innings and made a tricky target of 277 seem like a stroll on an improbably peaceful final morning, but through their captain Ben Stokes too, who needed a bit of luck in his madcap half-century, but earned it too after launching his tenure with some notably proactive leadership.

James Anderson and Stuart Broad provided England's impetus in the first and third innings respectively, latching onto the general vibe of new beginnings with critically ebullient displays,

Form guide

England: WLDDL New Zealand: LLWWL

Barely a Test goes by without Jonny Bairstow's role coming under scrutiny. It's only a few months since his brilliant, emotional century against Australia at Sydney, a performance that made a mockery of his omission earlier in the series,

There are few more daunting points of difference in world cricket than Kyle Jamieson, a man whose extraordinary physical attributes offer a test of mettle for every batter who faces him. His 6'8" frame allows him to release the ball from such an unnaturally high apex that it scrambles the parameters of those in the firing line - witness Alex Lees' disorientated leave as Jamieson flicked his off stump with a nipbacker in the second innings.


1 Alex Lees, 2 Zak Crawley, 3 Ollie Pope, 4 Joe Root, 5 Jonny Bairstow, 6 Ben Stokes (capt), 7 Ben Foakes (wk), 8 Matthew Potts, 9 Jack Leach, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 James Anderson.

New Zealand

(possible): 1 Tom Latham (capt), 2 Hamish Rutherford, 3 Will Young, 4 Devon Conway, 5 Henry Nicholls, 6 Daryl Mitchell, 7 Tom Blundell (wk), 8 Kyle Jamieson, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Neil Wagner, 11 Trent Boult.

Pitch and conditions

Trent Bridge has a long-standing reputation as a swinger's paradise the pitch looks green-tinged 24 hours out from the toss, and with Stuart Broad potentially lining up for his final Test on home soil