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Cricket Free Tips | England vs New Zealand, 2021: 2nd Test

The Edgbaston Cricket Ground will host the second Test between England and New Zealand. Although New Zealand came close to winning the previous Test, Joe Root and his teammates did well to see the game through. England will ideally aim to respond to their criticisms with a better performance this week, notwithstanding Ollie Robinson’s controversy. While their batting line-up has been shaky, it will be up to their bowlers to deliver. England will fancy their chances of winning the series with a well-oiled bowling attack spearheaded by James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

New Zealand may rest a couple of key players with one eye on the crucial World Test Championship final. Trent Boult is expected to gain some game action ahead of the summit battle, so their bowling attack may take on a new aspect. On the other hand, New Zealand is well-equipped on all fronts, ensuring an entertaining match at Lord’s. Expect a tightly contested game with the series on the line.



Rain should not cause any problems during the second Test, with only a tiny likelihood of showers on Day One and Day Five. With an average temperature of 23 degrees Celsius, the weather should be pleasant.



There should be plenty on the surface at Edgbaston to keep the bowlers interested. While the pacers will be the ones to smash the new ball around, the spinners will have a say as the game goes. With some cloud cover predicted throughout the day, the batsmen will try to go in and understand the new ball as soon as possible. Although both teams will try to bowl after winning the toss, the pitch shouldn’t shift much throughout the game.


Playing XIs


Joe Root (c), James Bracey (wk), Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Dominic Sibley, Ollie Pope, Craig Overton, Daniel Lawrence, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood

New Zealand

Tom Latham (c), BJ Watling (wk), Will Young, Henry Nicholls, Devon Conway, Ross Taylor, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner, Ajaz Patel, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee/Trent Boult


England vs New Zealand – 2nd Test, Dream 11

Joe Root (c), James Bracey (wk), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Neil Wagner, Rory Burns, Craig Overton, Colin de Grandhomme, Trent Boult, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood



Match winner

  • England

Winning the toss

  • England

Top Batsman

  • England – Joe Root
  • New Zealand – Tom Latham

Top Bowler

  • England – Stuart Broad
  • New Zealand – Kyle Jamieson

Most Sixes 

  • England – Oliie Pope
  • New Zealand – Colin de Grandhomme

Player of the Match

  • Joe Root

Team Scores Batting First 

  • England – 320
  • New Zealand – 270


Following New Zealand’s victory in the First Test at Lord’s, we expect England to put on a better show in front of nearly 20,000 fans in Edgbaston. Only one other New Zealand batsman, Devon Conway, has scored a half-century, and we are expecting England to win this Test. Let’s bet with now to win BIG!

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