10.30 am England win the toss and elect to bat
England: 1 Rory Burns, 2 Dom Sibley, 3 Zak Crawley, 4 Joe Root (captain), 5 Ollie Pope, 6 Dan Lawrence, 7 James Bracey (wk), 8 Mark Wood, 9 Olly Stone, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 James Anderson
New Zealand: 1 Tom Latham (captain), 2 Devon Conway, 3 Will Young, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Henry Nicholls, 6 Tom Blundell (wk), 7 Daryl Mitchell, 8 Neil Wagner, 9 Matt Henry, 10 Ajaz Patel, 11 Trent Boult
Joe Root, speaking to BBC, says: “Looks like a good wicket on the surface of things. We’ve got to bat well and negotiate this first session as well as we can. Really looking forward to this week, 17,000 people back in a cricket ground, Jimmy Anderson making history. There’s so much good to look forward to and very much excited about that. [No spinner?] We’ve got to look at ways of seeing what things look like when we haven’t got those allrounders we’re so used to seeing – [it’s] a good chance for us to see what it looks like with a difference balance. What an exciting attack it is: two guys bowling high pace, some experienced seamers with bags of wickets, and a young, exciting batting line-up.”
Six changes for New Zealand, with Young, Blundell, Mitchell, Henry, Patel and Boult all coming into the side that fronted up at Lord’s. No spinner for England.
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Zane Krajancic: “Cannot understand Mat Henry playing ahead of Kyle Jamieson.Jamieson needs to keep playing with that Dukes ball” — More likely to be the case that they are satsfied that Jamieson will make the XI for the WTC final. They are allowing others to audition for supporting roles.
Sampath Bandarupalli with an interesting stat for us: New Zealand have used up 17 players in this two-Test series. Only Sri Lanka (18) used more in a two-match series, against Bangladesh in 2002.
Daryl Mitchell having a decent bowl alongside Boult and Wagner, says Matt. We’ll know soon enough at the toss, which is about a minute or so away…
Sanket: “The article of Ian Chappell regarding Joe root being pretty unimaginative captain seems really convincing. You will more often than not see Joe in circle with likes of Anderson, Broad. Yes they are more senior to him it’s not that bad to get some inputs but at the same time he seems too traditional with his approach. He has that depth and variety in his line to be a bit more attacking and more expressive.” — While there is never any doubting Chappelli’s ability to read the game, I have no doubt in my mind this piece was just a pre-emptive salvo ahead of the Ashes later this year. Let the games begin!
“Anderson definitely wouldn’t have dreamt of going past Alastair Cook’s record of most caps for England when he started off 18 summers ago since Cook didn’t make his debut until 15 years ago.” — I remember Nagpur, Cliff. Dreamt of getting to the England record is what I meant, obviously!
Matt also updates on a couple of presentations. Burns gets one for his 25th cap. And of course, lots of attention centred around Anderson, who gets an ‘Anderson 162’ shirt, following speeches by many in the group. Fittingly, the last one comes from Stuart Broad.
Jason: “Blundell a good solid bat and NZ lose nothing there. “
My colleague Matt Roller, who is at the venue, says that there’s a good chance England might continue to go in without a specialist spinner. The four likely seam options would be Anderson, Broad, Wood and Stone. Remember that if he is picked, Anderson will go past Alastair Cook’s record of most caps for England, something that he scarcely would have dreamt of when he started off 18 summers ago.
Just in: BJ Watling has been ruled out of this Test match with a sore back, that he hasn’t recovered from. Tom Blundell will replace him with the gloves.
In case you haven’t heard Alan Gardner recap the Lord’s Test and the events since on our Switch Hit podcast alongside Andrew Miller and George Dobell, have a listen in ahead of the toss.
Justin : “Interesting that Kane is still listed in the ‘Players to Watch – Batters’ section of the match summary below. Even when he’s not playing he’s worth watching :)” — I, for one, have always been #TeamWilliamson
Summer Joe: “Too much flak directed towards Root for looking to draw than go for the win in the 1st test – I believe was the right approach given the weak batting (4 ducks in 1st innings) ” — Quite intrigued by this statement of his about England needing to find their inner “showman” in the wake of all the criticism
Fred: “Hope NZ gives Ravindra a go and a spinning opener. Conway at three, Young at five.”
Ilanin: “There’s a partial solar eclipse across England just after play is due to start today. Are we going to end up with an immediate interruption for bad light?” — Not sure, but it would make an interesting addition to the various listy pieces that some on the desk absolutely live for, such as this one
There are certain changes to both XIs from the Lord’s Test, with the most high-profile of them being the New Zealand captain, with Tom Latham stepping in to lead in the absence of Kane Williamson. Spoiler alert for India fans: Williamson is expected to return for the WTC final in a little over a week.
9:48 am It’s Day 1 of the second Test between England and New Zealand, and we are at Edgbaston, looking forward to what should be an interesting five days of cricket, especially with the World Test Championship final looming for the visitors. I’m Debayan Sen, and Karthik Krishnaswamy will join me on commentary for today, with Valkerie Baynes in charge of the live report. It is a relief to be back focusing on the cricket after what has been an eventful few days off the field, as Andrew Miller mentions in his preview.
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