January 26, 2022

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The finalists of the World Test Championship have been decided. It will be played at the Rose Bowl but there will be no England player to bat, field or bowl.

What is the point of this England-New Zealand series? Don’t blam you asking this question if you are a neutral or an English.fan. But if you are a cricket fan, then welcome this series with open arms! After a month of barely any international cricket, England and New Zealand lock horns in what can be called as the start of the English summer.

The home squad bores an inexperienced look, with the likes of Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer missing. But since it is a home game, perhaps England can afford to try out some new combinations as their main aim would be – na na, not what is after the World Test Championship Final.

Indian fans, were you expecting, the Eng-Ind series to be of main focus? Hard to agree. It is summer right now in the UK but they will be already thinking about the winter. When they go Down Under. Yes, the Ashes. This passage of matches will help themm discover any possible backup options to the strongest squad that they select for the series they care the most. So newbies will aim to make their presence felt.

Moving over to New Zealand, their state is like that of a frog in a well, which is not quite aware of the world outside. This is their first international match away from home since March 2020 and their first Test since January 2020! Their squad looks experienced as compared to that of England, but given that they have
played cricket mostly at home for so many months, away cricket could test them out.

And now, with Trent Boult all set to miss the Test series, in order to be fit for the WTC final, that bowling attack could be tested even more. It has been compared to the great attack of the West Indies of the 7Os. Let’s see how good does the comparison hold in reality.

PROBABLE PLAYING 11’s :-

ENGLAND :- Dominic Sibley, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Joe Root, Dan Lawrence, Ollie Pope, James Bracey, Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Mark Wood.

NEWZEALAND :- Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner, Tom Blundell, Daryl Mitchell, Matt Henry.