Joe Root hit two centuries in the Test series away in the Caribbean earlier in the year and without the captaincy will be able to focus purely on his batting. He is our pick for England’s highest run scorer in this Test. With the ball, experienced swing bowler James Anderson will return to the side and has an excellent record at Lord’s. He is our tip for England’s top wicket taker against New Zealand.
Devon Conway averages 63.91 with the bat after seven Tests and the left-handed top order batter is well worth backing as New Zealand’s highest run scorer at Lord’s. Kyle Jamieson has all the attributes required by a pace bowler and has a fantastic record in Tests. We expect him to be New Zealand’s top wicket taker against England.
New Zealand’s batters have a more consistent record over recent years and we are backing their openers to put on a higher first wicket partnership than England.
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England vs New Zealand 1st Test Match Prediction & Betting Tips
ENG vs NZ 1st Test Match Prediction & Betting Tips
England and New Zealand begin their three-Test Match series at Lord’s in London on Thursday morning. England have a new coach in former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum and a new captain in all-rounder Ben Stokes. New Zealand arrive as the World Test Champions. Read on as we preview this opening Test. The match begins at 11:00 local time.
England begin their summer fixtures after a miserable 2021 and early part of 2022. However, under the new leadership on and off the pitch, they will be bringing a new attitude and energy to the field.
New Zealand beat England in a Test at Lord’s last summer and are the current World Test Champions. However, they have already been beaten by South Africa and Bangladesh in Tests this year.
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With the weather set fine for the first couple of days of the Test, we expect both skippers will want to bat first should they win the toss ahead of this game.
ENG vs NZ Pitch Report
There has been plenty of rain in the North London areas over the last week so expect there to be some moisture in the pitch. The surface very rarely offers a great deal for spin bowlers and we expect the same in this Test/
The first two days of the Test should be rain free however we expect to see interruptions on days 3, 4 and 5. High of 21 degrees on Thursday and Friday but a bit cooler for the rest of the match.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds, and match prediction for England vs New Zealand 1st Test Match 2022
England Team News & Playing 11
ENG Team News
In his first game as full-time Test captain, Ben Stokes is expected to give a Test debut to fellow Durham player, bowler Matty Potts. This Test should also see the return of experienced right arm pace bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad to the England side.
ENG Key Players
Joe Root - The former skipper is 111 runs away from bringing up over 10,000 Test runs. He currently averages 49.19 in Test cricket.
Ben Stokes - The all-rounder is one of England’s best batters and this game will see his leadership under scrutiny for the first time. He has scored two Test centuries at Lord’s and averages 47.66 at the venue.
James Anderson - England’s all-time leading wicket taker was surprisingly dropped for the Test series against West Indies earlier this year. His Test best figures of 7-42 were at Lord’s in 2017.
ENG Team Form
England have won only one and lost 11 of their last 17 Tests. Although they are under new leadership, the Test squad features many of the same names seen in previous defeats.
England Predicted Playing 11
Adam Lees, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (c), Ben Foakes (wk), Matty Potts, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, James Anderson
New Zealand Team News & Playing 11
NZ Team News
Skipper Kane Williamson will return to lead New Zealand in this Test after missing the series against South Africa earlier this year. As a result, Tom Latham will return to the ranks as an opening batter and Daryl Mitchell drops out of the XI. Expect Kyle Jamieson and Tim Southee to lead the bowling attack in the absence of Trent Boult.
NZ Key Players
Devon Conway - The left-handed batter made his Test debut at this venue last year and struck 200 in his first Test innings. He has hit two further centuries and three half-centuries in Tests since.
Tom Latham - The left-handed opener averages 41.68 in Test cricket and scored his second Test score of over 250 earlier this year against Bangladesh in January 2022.
Kyle Jamieson - The strapping pace bowler has taken Test cricket by storm since making his debut only a couple of years ago. He averages 18.72 with the ball and 23.40 with the bat after 14 Tests.
NZ Team Form
New Zealand were heavily beaten by South Africa by 198 runs at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch at the end of February. However, they have not lost either of their Test series so far this year.
New Zealand Predicted Playing 11
Tom Latham, Will Young, Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blunell (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Matt Henry
ENG vs NZ Team Form in Last Five Matches
ENG : L D D L D
NZ : L W W L L
England vs New Zealand Head to Head
Although England have a large overall lead over New Zealand since their first Test in January 1930, New Zealand are unbeaten in their last seven Tests against England.
ENG vs NZ Head to Head Stats in Tests
England vs New Zealand Betting Odds
England are favourites to win this opening game of the series although the bookies are not expecting it to be a one-sided affair.
Who will win England vs New Zealand 1st Test Match?
Joe Root has been in incredible batting form over the past 18 months with Devon Conway the form batter for New Zealand after making his Test debut at Lord’s in June 2021.
Odds to Win The Match
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Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes are our batting recommendations for England. Bairstow was in fine form earlier in the year and has already scored Test centuries against Australia and West Indies in 2022.
Kane Williamson, Devon Conway and Tom Latham are our batting recommendations for New Zealand. Williamson averages 53.47 with 24 centuries from 86 Tests.
Odds for Top Team Batsmen
Top Team Batsman
Joe Root (ENG)
Jonny Bairstow (ENG)
Ben Stokes (ENG)
Kane Williamson (NZ)
Devon Conway (NZ)
Tom Latham (NZ)
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England’s players, fans and administrators will all be hoping that the new coach and captain partnership can usher in a new era of success in Test cricket. However, New Zealand are never an easy opponent and they enjoy playing in English conditions. We expect the game to go all five days and are backing England to get the win.
England are favorites to beat New Zealand at the odds of 2.25