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England ready to take fresh guard in Test cricket against Kiwis under new captain and coach

By wasmulhaq 
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London: After the marathon Indian Premier League tournament, players are returning to their national team’s den. England and New Zealand are gearing up for the first Test to start on June 2 at the Mecca of cricket, Lord’s.

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The English team has been under a new guard since the arrival of their new captain and coach. Ben Stokes has taken the reigns from Joe Root. He has the responsibility of establishing England’s reputation and bringing the team on track in the longest format of the game. Meanwhile, Brendon MacCullum has been given the high profile job as the new coach of the team to lift the game of the side and improve its performance.

Incidentally, Ben Stokes and MacCullum were both born in New Zealand. Ben Stokes succeeded Joe Root as the captain of England after Root decided to step down following a dismal performance in the Ashes series after that drubbing in the West Indies in red ball cricket.

The axe fell on coach Chris Silverwood after the thrashing in the Ashes in Australia, which opened the gate for MacCullum’s appointment to take charge of the English side. MacCullum knows all the pros and cons of the Kiwis.

The newly appointed England coach used to believe in the attacking form of cricket. During his playing days, he was unconcerned about the bowler’s reputation and simply played his natural game. Credit should be given to MacCullum for changing the approach of the Black Caps on the cricket field. The positive brand of cricket, which helped the Kiwis to be crowned World Test champions last year, beating India in the final.

England has picked its two most experienced fast bowlers, James Anderson and Stuart Broad, in the playing XI for the first Test against the Kiwis starting on Thursday.

Apart from the two stalwarts, Durham seamer Matthew Potts is expected to make his Test debut to become the 704th Test-capped player for England. Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum will have to do their first assignments as the national team captain and coach, respectively.

The three-match series will be played between June 2 to 27 at different venues: Lord’s, Trent Bridge, and Headingley.

This series may be the last for two old warhorses, Anderson and Broad. Both have lots of pressure to restore the reputation of the English team.

The Kane Williamson-led side is capable of toppling any side. In recent times, the Kiwis have played some remarkable cricket. The oldest format of the game between England and New Zealand is going to be full of thrills and the crowd will see the real test of the players’ caliber.

Wasim Haque

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