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What's in the store at the Christchurch


Can Christchurch turn fortunes around for England??

A thunder Boult, a Williamson special and a batting collapse. These three words are enough to sum-up the happenings at the first ever D/N test in NZ. Beaten in the ODI series, NZ came out all guns blazing at Auckland in the first test and has ticked all their boxes.
The second test will be played at Christchurch from March 30,2018 Friday.

Forgettable first test:

England had a horrible start as they crumbled for 58 within the first session of the day. Thanks to Craig Overton who helped them by amassing 33 runs, otherwise what would have been a humiliating total for the Root's warriors. A six-fer even before the drinks break for Trent Boult is what we have witnessed with a pink ball in his hand. Meanwhile, the first test was also the 50th test match between the two nations.

NZ- A Perfect XI:

While NZ team looks stable with the likes of KW and Ross Taylor, the team would want to see a responsible innings from Jeet Raval which can prevent the middle order from being exposed to the new red cherry where Anderson can be a threatening factor. Henry Nicholls, who smashed the English bowlers to the nook and corner of the ground will again be a vital role in building a steady lower middle order partnership with Collin de Grandhomme. The bowling looks so good with Neil energetic Wagner assisting the two T's (Tim and Trent) and NZ will not be looking to tinker their playing XI.

England - Stability?

England, on the other hand, had a horrible outing in tests since their triumph against SA last year. It is to be noted that England hadn't won a single overseas match for quite some time now and it will be a test of "prestige" for Root to break that jinx. The English men should thank the rain for their "delayed" loss in the first test. Though the team looks settled the opening pair hasn't been at its best for a long time. Stoneman and Cook weren't able to capitalize and build a good opening partnership thereby pressuring the middle order. The middle order looks good with the likes of Root, Bairstow, Malan, and Stokes but a formidable opening partnership can make England post a great total on the board.
While Woakes has been proving his all-rounder skills, Moeen had a miserable 50th test in the last game which included a duck. Hopefully, he will be able to correct his shortcomings and shine at the Christchurch. Broad and Anderson can change the course of the game in favor of their team provided they are at their brutal best. They would love to bring in Mark wood for Overton who can be handy with his unplayable deliveries to provide initial breakthroughs.
Joe root hadn't won a single overseas test match till now. This is his second series post Ashes as a full-time captain and a special innings from him is what the English men need to level the series.





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