Lords. England’s team is close to winning the first test against New Zealand. There are still 2 days left in the match (Eng vs NZ) and while the English team is just 61 runs away from victory. He also has 5 wickets left. At the end of the third day’s play on Saturday, England scored 216 for 5 in the second innings. Former captain Joe Root is playing after scoring 77 runs. Kiwi team has given him a target of 277 runs. New Zealand scored 132 in the first innings and 285 runs in the second innings. On the other hand, England took a lead of 9 runs after scoring 141 runs in the first innings. England has got a new captain from the Test series. Ben Stokes has been given the captaincy of Test for the first time.
Ben Stokes would like to start with a win as the captain. Earlier, he has captained the team in one Test when the regular captain is not there. In this he was defeated. But with a win as a regular captain, he would like to create history. Only selected captains from England have been able to do this. Talking about Stokes’ match performance, he scored an important 54 runs in the first innings and one in the second innings. He also shared a 90-run partnership with Root. He has also taken a wicket as a fast bowler.
McCullum is the coach of the team
Before the series, England has also got a new coach of the Test team. Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has got this responsibility. He has even played with the fast bowler James Anderson in the team and today he is training him. In such a situation, McCullum would like to register a victory against his team as a coach. So far, the New Zealand team has looked helpless in front of this legend. But if on the morning of the fourth day New Zealand’s fast bowlers are able to take wickets in the first 4-5 overs, then the match is likely to be interesting.
Captain Joe Root was being criticized after his poor performance in the Ashes series and the defeat in the West Indies. After this he resigned from the captaincy. The coaches were also removed. In such a situation, now Brendon McCullum would like to bring the team back on the winning track. In the last Test series against West Indies, veteran bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad were not included in the team. But both did well in the first test. Anderson has taken 6 and Broad has taken 4 wickets.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 05, 2022, 09:27 IST