The Black Caps return to the same venue where in 2019 they suffered the agony of being beaten in the greatest World Cup final by the slimmest of margins. The format is different but the memories could still haunt the Kane Williamson-led side, which will use the series with England as a tune-up for the all-important World Test Championship final opposite India.
Talking about Williamson, he will be the most dangerous man for the English bowlers as he is for most bowling units around the world. Such is his reputation that England’s Ollie Robinson recently admitted making plans specifically for the Kiwi captain, although Ross Taylor downplayed them, warning Robinson that almost nothing works against his star teammate.
While Williamson is an established star, Devon Conway, is expected to begin his Test career as a Lord’s debut pretty much beckons for the 29-year-old.
England are expected to hand debut to the aforementioned Robinson, who, it has been reported, has a knack for forensics and is thought of as a thinking fast bowler.
However, the 6’5 pacers shouldn’t have given up his plan to get Williamson out so publicly as it would only motivate the Kiwi captain to make his own counter strategy.
The match could be a historic one for veteran pacer James Anderson, who could equal Alistair Cook’s record of most Test caps for England. He currently is one shy of Cook’s tally of 161.
Anderson’s experienced will be much needed in the series as England are packed with newcomers as seven members of their squad have played five Tests or less. Two of them, including Robinson, have no experience of the format at this level.