The power profiles
The British Summer is upon us and that means cricket will be back on our screens soon. 2nd of June is the date for the start of the England vs New Zealand Test series and it promises to be a mouth-watering contest. Both sides are evenly matched and are very used to playing in “Typical English conditions.”
However, as always, there are key players on either side that could make a huge difference to the result of this series. But who are they?
5. Kyle Jamieson
Kyle Jamieson has had an insane start to his Test career so far. In 6 Test matches, he has scored 226 runs at a batting average of 57 and picked up 36 wickets at a bowling average of 13. If you were going to build an all-rounder, you couldn’t do much better than that.
English Conditions are also likely to suit his style of bowling and the enormous bounce that he extracts due to his height will likely cause problems. Morne Morkel in 2017 used his height to great effect against England’s left-handers and Jamieson could do something similar.
4. Joe Root
Root has been in fantastic form during 2021. He dominated England’s tour of Sri Lanka and started off with a bang in India. Despite tailing away in the last three Tests, albeit on raging turners, Joe Root will know that it is important to make use of such form.
Form can be a fickle topic. It is never permanent, unlike class. However, the best players utilise their form to its full potential. Especially with Ben Stokes missing from the batting line-up, responsibility is likely to fall further on the England captain.
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3. Jimmy Anderson
Is there to be one last hurrah for Jimmy Anderson?
The all-time great will turn 39 in July but hasn’t shown any signs of declining yet. In fact, it’s been the polar opposite. Anderson has gotten better with age, possessing similar qualities to fine wine.
With the 2021/22 Ashes upcoming in Australia in December, some believe that it will be his last series and that this summer could be his finale in England.
2. BJ Watling
Having announced his retirement from international cricket prior to the World Test Championship Final, BJ Watling will be keen to have one last hurrah. There would be no better way for him to cap off his Test match career than to lift the trophy at Southampton against India.
Hence, Watling would want to play himself into form before the big showpiece event. The Kiwi wicket-keeper batsman has proven to be one of the best in the world over a long period of time. A highly underrated player could have the perfect finale.
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1. Kane Williamson
A lot has been spoken about Kane Williamson’s poor record in England. He averages 31 with the bat, having played four tests, which is below average for someone of his quality.
He did score a century at Lords during New Zealand’s last tour of England and will be hoping to replicate such a performance to put the doubters away. It will be just as, if not more difficult this time around, with England possessing a fantastic bowling attack.
We hope you enjoyed reading about the five key players we’ve picked prior to the England vs New Zealand series.
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