In the home Test series in June 2022, England defeated New Zealand by 3-0.
New Zealand (NZ) will host England (ENG) in the first Test match, which will begin on Thursday at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui (February 16). In their most recent bilateral series, New Zealand fell to India 1-2 in T20Is and 0-3 in ODIs. Previously, they drew both Tests against Pakistan in November 2022. Tom Latham led the way with 281 runs from four innings, while Ish Sodhi took 13 wickets against Pakistan.
In their most recent bilateral series, England lost a 2-1 ODI away series to South Africa. However, they have recently been on a roll in Test cricket, winning a 0-3 away Test series against Pakistan. England also defeated New Zealand 3-0 at home in a three-match Test series last year and are considered favourites to win the series this year.
New Zealand vs England, 1st Test Match Details
Date & Time: 16 Feb 2023, Thur, 6:30 AM IST
Venue: Mount Maunganui
PROBABLE PLAYING XI
Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Michael Bracewell, HM Nicholls, DJ Mitchell, Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Tim Southee(C), Ish Sodhi, Neil Wagner, JA Duffy
BENCH : MJ Henry, BM Tickner, WA Young, KA Jamieson, Scott Kuggeleijn
HC Brook, Zak Crawley, JE Root, Ollie Pope, Ben Stokes(C), BM Duckett, BT Foakes, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, MJ Leach, Ollie Robinson
BENCH : DW Lawrence, WG Jacks, MJ Potts, OP Stone
In Test cricket, the pitch at Mount Maunganui’s Bay Oval has a batting-friendly surface. Pacers are expected to take more wickets than spin bowlers, with an average first innings score of 298.