Cricket Free Tips | New Zealand vs England, 2023: 1st Test

New Zealand vs England Match Details 

Match: New Zealand vs England, 1st Test | England tour of New Zealand  

Date: Thursday, 16 Feb 2023 

Time: 6:00 (GMT+5) / 6:30 (GMT+5.5) / 07:00 (GMT+6)

Format: Test

Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui       

New Zealand vs England Preview

  • Under the coaching of former New Zealand legend Brendon McCullum, England has won 9 out of 10 tests.
  • With 1915 runs at an average of 53.19, Joe Root leads the current WTC cycle in runs scored (8 centuries and 6 half-centuries).
  • In the last 4 tests versus New Zealand, England has won 3 of them. 


At the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand will play host to England. This day-night test will begin on Thursday, February 16, at 14:00 local time. 

Tall pace bowler Kyle Jamieson was ruled out of the series and the ensuing several months of cricket due to a stress fracture in his back before this Test. Trent Boult was passed over because he no longer has a central contract, and Matt Henry is not available since he is on paternity leave. Tim Southee’s first home test as captain will be this one.

England will enter this series with a lot of confidence after a 3-0 whitewash victory away in Pakistan in December. Stuart Broad is anticipated to rejoin the team for this First Test despite having missed the Pakistan tour owing to his first child’s birth.

New Zealand vs England Weather Report, Toss Prediction, And Pitch Report

On the first day, thunderstorms are anticipated in an overcast climate. There will be a temperature range of 15 to 22 °C. Wind will be blowing 10-34 km/h out of the west. There have been significant inconveniences due to Cyclone Gabrielle in Mount Maunganui, and more are anticipated during the test.

The team batting second won twice. In the third inning, it becomes more challenging to bat. The toss-winning team will get to bowl first.

The pitch favours the pacers in the initial innings by giving them greater swing and bounce, but as the game goes on, it begins to favour the batters.

New Zealand Team News & Probable Playing XIs

In this first Test of the series, there will be more pressure on New Zealand’s hitters because the bowling attack is without some of its top performers. On the white-ball tour of India earlier this year, Devon Conway made an impression. Former captain Kane Williamson is a highly reliable run-scorer. The bowling assault will be led by Captain Tim Southee.

Recent form – D D L L L 

New Zealand’s Probable XI

Tim Southee (c), Tom Blundell (wk), Devon Conway, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson, Michael Bracewell, Daryl Mitchell, Blair Tickner, Niel Wagner, Ajaz Patel  

England News & Probable Playing XIs

High run rates and dominant bowling attacks have become a hallmark of English Test cricket since Ben Stokes and Brendan McCullum assumed leadership roles. With an intimidating middle order of Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Harry Brook, and Ben Stokes, Zak Crawley, and Ben Duckett will continue to bat first and second. 

Recent form – W W W W W

England’s Probable XI

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

New Zealand vs England Head-to-Head Stats (Last 5 matches)

Team Won Lost No result
New Zealand  1 3 1
England 3 1 1

New Zealand vs England Prediction

Winning the toss

Top batsman

  • New Zealand – Will Young     
  • England –  Ben Stokes

Top bowler

  • New Zealand –  Neil Wagner       
  • England – Jack Leach 

Most sixes

  • New Zealand – Will Young   
  • England –  Ben Stokes

Player of the Match

  • England –  Ben Stokes  

Team Scores Batting First

  • New Zealand – 300+
  • England – 340+

England is the favourite to win this match.

England has made a remarkable comeback under their new leadership group, and they plan to target New Zealand from the outset of this Test series with both the bat and the ball. While New Zealand’s bowling attack may struggle without some of their greatest bowlers to slow England’s batters’ run rates, we do anticipate that players like Williamson, Conway, and Latham will bat with their customary prowess. We anticipate a thrilling contest and are supporting England to triumph.


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