After the first Test ended up in a draw due to poor weather conditions, England would expect to end the series with 1-0 as a perfect start to their summer. Meanwhile, on the other hand, New Zealand would want to go with full confidence while facing Team India in WTC final, hence a victory over England on latter’s home soil might give them a moral boost. New Zealand will be playing the Test match without Kane Williamson, while England would be missing their previous game debutant Ollie Robinson.
Let us have a look at some of the numbers before the second Test :
0 – New Zealand have never won a Test match against England at Edgbaston, Birmingham. They have lost all the 4 Test matches that they played against England at the venue.
1 – Ross Taylor needs 84 more runs to become the first New Zealand player to score 18000 runs in international cricket
2 – Trent Boult needs 2 more wickets to register 50 Test wickets against England
4 – James Anderson needs 4 more wickets to surpass Anil Kumble (619) and become the 3rd highest wicket-taker in Tests overall
6 – James Anderson needs 6 more wickets to complete picking 1000 wickets in First-class cricket
8 – Joe Root needs 23 more runs to become the 8th English batsman to smash 1000 runs against New Zealand in Test cricket
12 – Tom Latham needs 12 more runs to complete 4000 runs in Test cricket
1000 – Dominic Sibley needs 58 more runs to score 1000 runs for England in Test cricket as opener alone