England Tour of New Zealand 2023: New Zealand vs England – 2nd Test Preview and Updates

The second test of the two-match series between England and New Zealand will begin at 22:00 pm IST on February 23rd at Basin Reserve in Wellington. England took a crucial 1-0 lead in the first test by defeating the hosts. This was England’s fourth victory in four tests against New Zealand.

England’s aggressive approach to Test cricket continued in the first Test. Ben Duckett (84) and Harry Brook (89) both scored half-centuries with strike rates above 100 in the first innings. New Zealand’s half-innings fell for 83 runs while chasing 325 runs. Tom Blundell took control of the situation, scoring 138 runs. England took a 19-run lead in the first innings thanks to four wickets from Ollie Robinson.

England’s second innings featured three half-centuries: Joe Root (57), Harry Brook (54), and Ben Foakes (57). (51). England scored 374 runs at a run rate of over 5, setting a target of 394 for New Zealand. Stuart Broad and James Anderson both took four wickets to rattle New Zealand’s defence. England won the test by 267 runs and now leads the two-match series 1-0.

This was England’s tenth victory in the last eleven tests. New Zealand’s poor form has continued, with only two wins in the last 11 Tests. This was also England’s first Test victory in New Zealand since 2007.

The 2nd Test between New Zealand vs England will take place on February 24th, 2023 at Basin Reserve, Wellington.

Match Details to Note

Match: New Zealand vs England, 2nd Test, England Tour of New Zealand 2023

Date: February 24, 2023 (Friday)                                                 

Time: 3:30 AM IST

Venue: Basin Reserve, Wellington

New Zealand vs England

New Zealand vs England

New Zealand (Match Odds – 2.20):


The test defeat has cast doubt on Tom Latham’s starting spot against England. He has 137 runs in his last eight innings against England. However, he is not unfamiliar with the pitch. Latham has 696 runs in this venue, including two centuries at an average of 49.71. Devon Conway will be making his first appearance at Basin Reserve. However, his 76 runs in the first innings justified his form from the Pakistan tour, in which he scored a century and a half-century. Kane Williamson scored 6 in the first test, followed by a duck. However, he has over 1000 runs (1137) at this venue with an average of 66.88. New Zealand will expect their ex-captain to use his experience to get off to a strong start.

The middle order will consist of Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, and Tom Blundell. Nicholls has three centuries and an average of 66.40 in 11 innings at Basin Reserve. The only New Zealand player who has posed a threat to the English attack is Tom Blundell. Blundell has two centuries and three half-centuries in the last four tests against England. This adds up to 522 runs in 8 innings. Conway is our pick for the top batter in the New Zealand camp, with Tom Blundell coming in second.

Kyle Jamieson will miss the first test after suffering a back injury while preparing for it. As a result, skipper Tim Southee will have to rely on Neil Wagner and Blair Tickner. In the first test, Wagner took six wickets. At Basin Reserve, he averages 28.72 and has 40 wickets in 17 innings. Micheal Bracewell performed admirably with the ball. Ish Sodhi, on the other hand, should be in the squad unless he outperforms with the bat.

Full Squad:

Tim Southee, Tom Blundell, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Neil Wagner, Kane Williamson, Will Young

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Players to watch out for:

Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Tim Southee

Possible Playing XI:

Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell (wk), Michael Bracewell, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee (c), Scott Kuggelejin, Blair Tickner

England (Match Odds – 1.67):


When the end is in sight, everything is fine. That is a summary of England’s last 11 tests. With ten victories, they appear to be the strongest team in the world right now. Because the plan hasn’t backfired, we’ll see more of England’s fiery cricket. Crawley and Duckett will start first, followed by Ollie Pope at number three. Duckett’s recent performance should not be overlooked in light of the emergence of Harry Brook. He has 466 runs in the last eight innings, including a century and four half-centuries. Crawley, on the other hand, has not impressed. On the first test, Ollie Pope received scores of 42 and 49. If one of the top pairs fails, he will serve as an anchor.

Joe Root now has 1459 runs against New Zealand at an average of 48.63. Four centuries and seven half-centuries are more than enough to demonstrate his threat to the Kiwi side. There are no words to describe Harry Brook. The swashbuckling player scored two half-centuries in the first test, bringing his total to 623 runs in 5 tests at an average of 77.88. In his career, he has three centuries and three half-centuries in eight innings. He is our pick for the best batter. Ben Stokes and Ben Foakes will provide some punch in the middle. The English batters scored at a strike rate of more than 5, which will almost certainly be repeated in the second test.

England’s bowlers deserve credit for taking all 80 New Zealand wickets in the last four tests. Fast bowlers have taken 80% of these wickets. As a result, Anderson, Broad, and Robinson will cause havoc in the second test. In 22 tests played together, both Andrson and Broad have taken 170 wickets. The English team will be led by spinner Jack Leach.

Full Squad:

Ben Stokes, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ben Foakes, Will Jacks, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Matthew Potts, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Olly Stone

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Players to watch out for:

Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ollie Robinson

Possible Playing XI:

Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes (c), Ben Foakes (wk), Stuart Braod, Ollie Robinson, James Anderson, Jack Leach

New Zealand vs England Toss Prediction

In the 66 Tests that were completed, the team batting second won 28 times, while the team batting first won only 13 times. The average score in the second inning is 317 – 10 higher than in the first. In the third inning, it becomes difficult to bat. The team that wins the coin toss should bowl first.

New Zealand vs England Pitch Report

The second Test will begin at 22:00 pm IST on February 23rd at Basin Reserve in Wellington. The stadium has a capacity of 11600 spectators and has previously hosted 66 Tests, 41 ODIs, and four T20Is. At this venue, New Zealand has the highest total of 680 against India, with Brendon McCullum scoring a triple century.

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The sky will be clear. The temperature will range from 10 to 24°C. The wind will be blowing at 10-14 km/h from the west. The pitch helps the pacers with extra swing and bounce in the first innings before shifting its focus to the batters as the game progresses.

New Zealand vs England Prediction

This English side will not be stopped. Winning ten of the last eleven tests is not for everyone. But they accomplished it with the help of the entire squad. The performances of Harry Brook, Joe Root, and Ben Duckett will be crucial for England in the second test. In the same number of tests as England, New Zealand has only won twice. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

England is the favourite to beat New Zealand at the odds of 1.67.

New Zealand vs England Most Recommended Player for Bet:

Matt Henry, who is making a comeback, will face high expectations for New Zealand given that he is the Plunket Shield’s top wicket-taker this year. Henry has been in blistering form in the domestic Shield, taking 23 wickets in three games.

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