England is all set to kickstart the summer of 2021 with a two-match Test series vs New Zealand starting June 2. The first Test match will be played at Lord's cricket ground in London. The last Test series between England and New Zealand in England was held in 2015. The series ended in a draw wherein England won the first Test while the visitors came storming back to draw level the series at Headingley.
The hosts will arrive in the first Test after a gap of nearly three months of Test cricket. England's last Test outing saw them go down in an away Test series against India. On the other hand, New Zealand has also been devoid of any Test cricket action in the last few months. Their only Test appearance in 2021 came against Pakistan at home in early January.
Here's a look at England vs New Zealand 2021 Test series in detail:
ENG vs NZ 2021 Test Series Schedule & Match Timings
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ENG vs NZ head to head record in Test Cricket
- Matches Played: 105
- England won: 48
- New Zealand won: 11
- Draw: 46
ENG vs NZ 2021 Live Telecast & Streaming Details
The England vs New Zealand Test Series 2021 will be broadcasted live on the Sony Sports Network in India. Sony Six channel will telecast all the ENG vs NZ live cricket action starting June 2 at 03:30 PM IST. The Sony LIV app and website also will be live streaming both the Test matches in India. The following platforms will live telecast the ENG vs NZ Test series in the respective countries:
India: Sony SIX & Sony LIV
England: Sky Sports
New Zealand: Spark Sports NZ
ENG vs NZ 2021 Test Squads
Get well soon, Foakesy 🙏
Welcome Haseeb and Bilbo 👏
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) May 26, 2021
England cricket board had announced a 15-man squad for the Test series vs New Zealand. However, wicket-keeper batsman Ben Foakes was ruled out of the Test series after tearing his left hamstring. As a replacement, Haseeb Hameed and Sam Billings were roped in for the two Tests against the BlackCaps.
Joe Root (C), James Anderson, James Bracey, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Sam Billings, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Dom Sibley, Olly Stone, Mark Wood
New Zealand Squad
Squad News | @cricketwgtninc 21-year-old all-rounder Rachin Ravindra and @OtagoVolts swing-bowler Jacob Duffy have earned their maiden call-ups to the BLACKCAPS Test squad for the upcoming tour of England.
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) April 7, 2021
New Zealand announced a 20-man squad for the Tests against England. The squad included a maiden call-up to the duo of Rachin Ravindra and Jacob Duffy along with Doug Bracewell, who's making a return to the BlcakCaps's Test squad after nearly five years. The 21-year old Rachin Ravindra is being rated very highly among the New Zealand cricket circles as a bright prospect for New Zealand in the years to follow.
Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, BJ Watling (wk), Will Young, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell.