New Zealand will be playing two-match Test Series against England before the much anticipated World Test Championship (WTC) Final against India. New Zealand have won only 1 test in Lord’s ground and that was way back in 1999. Playing against England in English conditions has been difficult for visiting teams in the past, however, New Zealand will be looking at this as a perfect challenge before the WTC. New Zealand have a strong middle order with the likes of Williamson, R.Taylor and BJ Watling and the trio are expected to play a key role for their team.
Let us have look at a few milestones which can be achieved in the first Test:
161 – If James Anderson plays the opening Test then he will join Sir Alastair Cook to play most Tests for England.
Most matches for England in Tests so far:
Alastair Cook – 161
James Anderson – 160*
Stuart Broad – 146
58 – Kane Williamson needs 58 more runs to become the second most run-scorer for New Zealand in Test Cricket.
Most runs for New Zealand in Test Cricket :
Ross Taylor – 7379
Stephen Fleming – 7172
Kane Williamson – 7115*
3 – Colin de Grandhomme needs 3 more wickets to pick 50 wickets in Test Cricket.
5 – Stuart Broad needs 5 more wickets to pick most wickets against New Zealand as a pace-bowler.
Most wickets vs New Zealand as a pace bowler
Waqar Younis – 70
Dale Steyn – 68
Stuart Broad – 66*
3 – Stuart Broad needs 3 more wickets to surpass Courtney Walsh (519) and become the sixth-highest wicket-taker in Tests overall.
6- James Anderson needs 6 more wickets to surpass Anil Kumble (619) and become the 3rd highest wicket-taker in Tests overall.
Most wickets in Test Cricket:
M.Muralitharan – 800
S.Warne – 708
A.Kumble – 619
J.Anderson – 614*
G.McGrath – 563
C.Walsh – 519
S.Broad – 517*
105- Joe Root needs 105 more runs to become the 8th English batsman to smash 1000 Test runs vs New Zealand.
71 – Tom Latham needs 71 more runs to become the ninth New Zealand player to smash 4000 Test runs.