England vs New Zealand: All you need to know about the upcoming test match

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England and New Zealand will play two test matches against each other in a two-game series that will be played throughout the month of June.

The first of the test matches will be played at Lords with the match scheduled to take place at the ‘Home of Cricket’ between 2-6 June, whilst the second test is scheduled to take place at Edgbaston between 10-14 June.

Indeed, it looks set to be a busy month for New Zealand, as they will play India in the marquee World Test Championship Final from 18 June onwards.

Squads

With the hosts having decided to rest a number of players after their involvement in the 2021 Indian Premier League, England have a squad that will feature some uncapped names and some that have not played for the side in a period of time.

Individuals such as James Bracey and Ollie Robinson have both been included as potential debutants, whilst Craig Overton has been recalled for the first time since 2019. There is also a place for Rory Burns after he was dropped from the team in India whilst Dom Sibley has also been given a place despite having suffered an injury recently.

Despite some new faces, there are some more familiar faces in Joe Root’s squad, with James Anderson and Stuart Broad likely to lead the bowling attack.

However, the likes of Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes and Jonny Bairstow have all been left out due to various reasons; although none are thought to have been performance-based.

England squad in full: Joe Root (captain), James Anderson, James Bracey, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Dom Sibley, Olly Stone and Mark Wood.

New Zealand have opted for a squad that is full of experienced test players, whilst there is a youthful element to it, with their two tests against England and their WTC match against India in mind.

New Zealand squad in full: Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling and Will Young.

How to watch and stream

There are a number of different ways in which cricket fans will be able to watch the action between England and New Zealand, with viewers in the United Kingdom able to watch both matches live via Sky Sports.

Those outside of the UK will be able to watch the game on various other channels, such as those in India being able to follow the test match on Sony Sport to Live series. Indeed, there will be various ways to live stream the action, with VPNs perhaps the best way to ensure a faultless experience and one whereby a geo-blocked channel can be accessed and watched on.

Betting tips

There are a number of great betting tips that can be used when placing a wager with sportsbooks, especially when trying to obtain the best Unibet Odds Indiana has to offer their punters.

One betting tip that punters should look to try and make the most of between England and New Zealand is to consider the form that the two sides have been showing in the Test game of late. Of course, there are three possible outcomes that can happen, although looking at a potential New Zealand win should probably be favoured.

There is an argument that this betting tip should be followed because of various different factors. The first is that New Zealand have been impressive in the longest form of the game, as they beat the West Indies 2-0 and Pakistan 2-0 to reach the WTC Final, whereas England were poor against India and lost 3-1 in their series.

The other factor is that England also have a heavily changed squad for the contest, with many of their key players having been left out through injury or rest. New Zealand will be at full strength, and with a Test series against India coming up, they will want to ensure their preparations go off without a hit.