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There are a number of ways spectators can make their approach to Lord’s this week. They can get off the Jubilee line at St John’s Wood and walk down Wellington Road, past the hospital bearing the same name, and enter through the North Gates. If the weather is nice, patrons could alight the tube one stop earlier, at Baker Street, and enjoy a longer walk, past or through Regent’s Park, one of London’s finest, perhaps up to the East or Grace Gates. From the south, Edgware Road tube is the most convenient stop, a leisurely 20 minute walk through trendy Lisson Grove to the ground.

Whichever way they come, the presence of around eight thousand spectators inside Lord’s each day this week for the first Test between England and New Zealand will be a truly wonderful sight. It will be the first time England have played in front of spectators at home since the final Ashes Test in September 2019. This match is actually the first time England have played at Lord’s since the second match of that series against Australia, nearly two years ago. As a result of playing every game at the bio-secure bubbles of the Ageas Bowl and Emirates Old Trafford last summer, it was the first time since 1970 that England did not play a Test at Lord’s.

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Given the various protocols that needed to be observed, the lack of crowds and the two-venue system was a necessary evil to get cricket on and keep everyone safe. But the international cricket that took place last season was a soulless experience for all concerned. Playing without crowds was better than nothing, of course, but there was something missing, that interaction between the deeds on the field and those watching from the stands that elevates sport to a higher plane, full of energy and suspense and emotion.

Think of that scene when Ben Stokes hit the winning runs in the third Ashes Test at Headingley two summers ago, the crowd behind him jumping to their feet in unbridled joy after an hour and a half cheering every single run and Australian misstep. That noise, that colour, those scenes made the occasion what it was. That is what we have missed over the past year. The contrast when James Anderson took his 600th wicket last summer at the Ageas Bowl in front of thousands of empty seats, with a few cheers from his teammates on the pavilion balcony drowned out by the silence, could not have been starker.

Match Information

Match: England vs New Zealand

Series: New Zealand tour of England, 2021

Date: Wednesday, June 02, 2021 – Sunday, June 06, 2021

Time: 11:00 local / 10:00 GMT / 15:00 PKT

Venue: Lord’s, London

Umpires: Michael Gough, Richard Kettleborough

Third Umpire: Richard Illingworth

Match Referee: Chris Broad

England vs New Zealand Live Score

Venue Guide

Stadium: Lord’s

City: London

Capacity: 30,000

Measures: 

Ends: Pavilion End, Nursery End

Hosts to: Marylebone Cricket Club, Middlesex

Also Hosts: Lacrosse, Hockey, Archery (2012 Olympics)

England vs New Zealand Toss

N/A

England vs New Zealand Squads

England:

Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root(c), Ollie Pope, Daniel Lawrence, James Bracey(w), Craig Overton, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Sam Billings, Olly Stone, Jack Leach, Ollie Robinson, Haseeb Hameed.

New Zealand:

Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(w), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Doug Bracewell, Will Young, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry, Devon Conway, Ajaz Patel, Daryl Mitchell, Rachin Ravindra.

Match Prediction – Who Will Win

England are expected to win this match.

England vs New Zealand Stats

  1. James Anderson will equal Alastair Cook’s record for England Test caps, if he plays. He is eight wickets away from 1,000 in his first-class career.
  2. James Bracey will become the first Gloucestershire player to make a Test debut for England since Jon Lewis (now England’s seam-bowling coach) in 2006.
  3. This is England’s first home game in front of fans since the fifth Ashes Test in 2019. Lord’s will host crowds of up to 25% capacity (around 7,500).
  4. Kane Williamson needs 58 runs to go past Stephen Fleming’s aggregate in Tests and become New Zealand’s second-highest run-scorer of all time, behind Ross Taylor.
  5. New Zealand have lost nine of their last 12 away (or neutral) Tests, dating back to August 2016.
  6. Phil Neale, England’s long-serving operating manager until his retirement last October, is working as New Zealand’s team liaison officer in this series, while Jeetan Patel, who won 24 Test caps for New Zealand, is England’s spin-bowling coach.

Weather and Pitch Conditions

After a grim, mizzly May, the sun has been shining in London this week and will continue to do so, with highs of 27°C on the first day in St John’s Wood and only limited cloud cover throughout the Test. Lord’s has not hosted a Test since August 2019, when the second Ashes Test finished in a rain-interrupted draw, and as such the pitch is something of an unknown.

There was a slight green tinge to the pitch on Tuesday morning, though Stead said that the grass was cut shorter than New Zealand are used to. Wickets have been more frequent at Lord’s than any other ground in the country in this season’s County Championship, though that owes as much to Middlesex’s flaky batting as anything else.

Today’s Playing XI

England:

Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root, Ollie Pope, Dan Lawrence, James Bracey, Craig Overton/Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood/Jack Leach, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

New Zealand:

Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin De Grandhomme/Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner/Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner.

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