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England eye sweep of short test series with NZ

England eye sweep of short test series with NZ

How long New Zealand can hold its nerve against England's bowlers will determine the fate of the second and final test starting at Headingley on Friday.
For 18 straight days spread over four tests this year, New Zealand punched well above its weight and rattled the English.
But on the 19th day, last Sunday, England revealed its capabilities on a home pitch at Lord's offering swing, seam and turn. The Kiwis were routed for 68 for England to win the opening test of this brief series by 170 runs and more than a day.
England, despite still being far from polished, will resume at Leeds inspired in believing that if it can put up a decent amount of runs, it has the bowlers and knowhow to achieve only its second series sweep of the Kiwis in 35 years.


Updated : 2021-03-05 06:40 GMT+08:00