New Zealand vs England 2019: Top Four players to watch out for New Zealand in the Test series
England is all set to tour to New Zealand to play two-match Test series in the month of November. Kane Williamson’s men will be looking to do well in the upcoming two-match series against England. The opening game of the series will be played at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on 21st November.
For the home side, these are the four players that might play a key role in helping New Zealand maintain their winning streak against England in their backyard.
Players to watch out for:
New Zealand Test Captain Kane Williamson will be looking to lead from the front with the bat in this two-match Test series. The 29-year old will be looking to do well with the bat in this home series.
Against England, Kane Williamson holds a decent record with the bat in Test cricket. In 8 Test matches, Williamson has scored 584 runs at an average of 38.93 with two centuries to his name. Since October 2017, Williamson has accumulated 1047 runs in 20 innings at an average of 58.16 with three centuries to his name.
The middle-order batsman will be looking to make prepare himself for the upcoming home series against England.
New Zealand will be hoping that Kane Williamson can produce big runs against England in the two-match Test series.
Since making his Test debut, Nicholls has managed to produce credible performances and cement his place in the playing XI in red-ball cricket. Middle-order batsman has been a bankable performer for New Zealand in Test cricket.
Since October 2018, Left-handed batsman has scored 986 runs in 20 innings at an average of 58.00. During this period, Henry Nicholls has scored four centuries and five half-centuries for New Zealand.
In the previous game played against England in 2018, Nicholls played exceedingly well and scored 158 runs in 3 innings at an average of 79.00 with one century to his name.
Left-arm quick bowler Trent Boult has raised his game with the ball in red-ball cricket Boult has represented New Zealand in 63 Test marches, where he has 254 wickets to his name at a strike-rate of 55.00 and with an average of 27.35, which included five five-wicket haul and one ten wicket haul as well.
Since the last two years, Boult has topped the bowling charts for New Zealand in Test cricket. Since October 2017, Boult has claimed 64 wickets in 13 Test matches at an average of 23.17 with three five-fors to his name.
On pitches that will be conducive to swing bowling, Trent Boult will certainly pose a significant threat to English batsmen in the upcoming Test series.
Last on the list is Tim Southee, who has managed to form a lethal new-ball combination with Trent Boult. The 30-year old has been a consistent performer for New Zealand in red-ball cricket. Southee
Since October 2017, Southee has picked 47 wickets in 10 Test matches at an average of 22.72 with a strike rate of 47.8. He has claimed two five-wicket hauls during this period.
Pace bowler Tim Southee holds a decent record against England in Test cricket. In 11 Test matches, Southee has taken 43 wickets at an average of 32.55 with a strike rate of 66.2. He has taken three five-fors and one ten wicket haul against England in red-ball cricket.
It is certainly going to be a riveting contest as New Zealand takes on England in the two-match Test series that starts from 21st November.