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Sam Curran and Chris Woakes vying for England selection against New Zealand

Chris Woakes or Sam Curran is shaping up to be the final selection debate for England before the first Test against New Zealand next week.

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Sam Curran and Chris Woakes vying for England selection against New Zealand
Sam Curran and Chris Woakes vying for England selection against New Zealand

Joe Denly’s appearance as a substitute fielder on day two of England’s practice match in Whangarei one of toil as the New Zealand XI made 285 for four from 76 overs.

With Jimmy Anderson missing the tour, however, a seamer’s berth remains open. Woakes and Curran both played the final Ashes Test during the summer when Ben Stokes was unable to bowl because of a shoulder injury but one will be now squeezed out by the vice-captain’s return.

“I suppose there is one spot there, so it is up to everyone in the squad to put their hand up,” said the now bearded Woakes, having beaten the bat a couple of times but gone wicketless in 10 overs that cost 28 runs.

Sam Curran and Chris Woakes vying for England selection against New Zealand
Sam Curran and Chris Woakes vying for England selection against New Zealand

Having played four of the five Ashes Tests, he felt like the incumbent, Woakes answered: It is dangerous to place to be when it could go either way.

You can’t things for granted. Different circumstances changed the ball … I wouldn’t think my nose is ahead. I’ll just effort and make it as hard as possible.

He and Curran shared the new ball here as England’s attack was given a strong workout on a flat pitch. The Kookaburra speedily went soft and any swing was fleeting.

Curran, down to be rested after the Twenty20s but drafted in after Saqib Mahmood sustained a migraine, did strike in his second spell before tea when Jakob Bhula (61) missed one from around the wicket and finished with one for 33 from nine.

Sam Curran and Chris Woakes vying for England selection against New Zealand
Sam Curran and Chris Woakes vying for England selection against New Zealand

But with Woakes and Curran averaging in the low 20s at home yet 66 and 105 respectively on the road, it may come down to whether Root wants the former’s experience or the younger man’s left-arm angle.

More will become apparent when England name their XI for the three-day first-class match versus New Zealand A.

With Denly due to oust his Kent colleague Zak Crawley at No 3 despite a century for the 21-year-old.

Jonny Bairstow skipped at the end of the summer but kept on after the T20s as batting cover for Denly, is due to fly home at the start of the first Test on 21 November.

England’s bowlers got a good taste of potential situations for the series. The Finn Allen made a fine unbeaten 103 before retiring and Darren Gough.

The bowling consultant during this warm-up period studiously took notes. Jofra Archer stuck Ken McClure lbw before returning after tea to give Jos Buttler a catch down leg on his return behind the stumps.

Sam Curran and Chris Woakes vying for England selection against New Zealand

Jack Leach sent down 15 overs, none for 62, Matt Parkinson struggled to control his length a touch amid 13 overs without a wicket.

England had previously batted on in the morning session before declaring on 376 for two. Root was the third retiree on an overnight score of 41, as Ollie Pope (31), Buttler (38*) and Stokes (30*) spent some time in the middle.

Buttler survived one chance when dropped on 17 off the left-arm spin of Theo van Woekam attempting the aerial route. Pope, down to bat No 6 in the Tests, perished when repeating this approach five balls later.

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Joe Root to drop down to four as Chris Silverwood reshuffles Test batting order

England will get more out of him as a batsman and captain. A scarcity of top-order batsmen meant Joe Root, not for the first time in his career, moved up from his favorite position to first drop for the entirety of the drawn Ashes series.

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Joe Root to drop down to four as Chris Silverwood reshuffles Test batting order
Joe Root to drop down to four as Chris Silverwood reshuffles Test batting order

He performed humbly by his own lofty ethics with 325 runs at 32.5, while his overall average at three is a full 10 runs fewer than when he bats a place lower.

It was predicted before the tour to New Zealand that he would return to four, which is where he batted in the first of two practice matches in Whangarei and where he is set to remain – barring any surprising circumstances.

I’d like to be reliable with it now, moving forward, he told the BBC’s Test Match Special. “It does not always work accurately how you want it to but it would be nice for that to be the case. It absolutely fits in with captaincy a little bit better for me.

“I know former captains have preferred to get out there early and just get amongst it but I quite like to split the two and to really focus on my batting.

I have found over time that; I’ve consistently played better in that position.

Joe Root to drop down to four as Chris Silverwood reshuffles Test batting order
Joe Root to drop down to four as Chris Silverwood reshuffles Test batting order

England was keeping their cards close to their chest around selection for a three-day first-class match against a New Zealand.

It could be informative that whoever quality at the Cobham Oval between Sam Curran and Chris Woakes will receive the nod for next week is the first Test against the Black Caps in Mount Maunganui.

Joe Denly is chanced to drop down to three following an ankle injury that ruled him out of the T20 series, replacing Zak Crawley, who registered a century in his first innings in an England shirt previous this week.

We have not officially picked a team yet. The most of that will go and play the first Test match.

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Ian Smith has one of the most influential and entertaining voices in the game

The New Zealand cricketer, now a TV commentator, has long been one of the most influential and entertaining voices in the game. Everyone has an opinion these days, but few people carry the weight of Smith.

One of the great pleasures of this year’s Cricket World Cup was the way Smith was introduced to a wider audience. Cricket fans can get England Vs New Zealand Tickets online from our most trusted and reliable online ticketing marketing platform.

We always knew how good it was, but it was fascinating to see the praise he received from other broadcasters and viewers in the New Zealand Finals. It was during this match in which England was crowned champion that Smith made the relevant comment.

Ian Smith has one of the most influential and entertaining voices in the game
Ian Smith has one of the most influential and entertaining voices in the game

Speaking to English broadcasters Ian Ward and David Lloyd for their Sky Sports Cricket podcast, Smith was asked to think about the World Cup final and how he would comment on the final. Initially off for the usual half-hour, Smith finally called the last 90 minutes of a really exciting match.

That the mechanism by which England was declared victorious was an absurdity and after the scoring was equal both after the 50 outs and the Super Over that followed, the awarding of the trophy on most of the borders affected was unsatisfactory and probably unfair.

“I consider myself a New Zealand commentator, but not as a New Zealand commentator, if you understand,” Smith told.

“So I do not go around the world to encourage New Zealand and I’ve never done it, I just call what I see out the window.”

Ian Smith has one of the most influential and entertaining voices in the game
Ian Smith has one of the most influential and entertaining voices in the game

I rolled those words in my head for days. Even now, I sit and read them again and again. Smith, and colleagues such as Grant Nisbett, are no longer in tune with their times and, in the case of these, will soon be out of their main job.

“I do not know how it’s going to be, but I find it pretty sad Cricket is rooted in my life and for the past 20 years I’ve never missed a cricket test session at home. I’m very sad about it, “Smith told about the prospect of not commenting next summer.

There was a time when people who covered the sport on our behalf were impartial. It was not something that deserved to be highlighted because it was so obvious in all the words that were said and written about athletes and teams.

When the rights holders arrived, a few more trumpets followed. Commentators extolled the merits of the sport for which their employers had paid so much or praised the participants, but they were still not overtly biased.

Ian Smith has one of the most influential and entertaining voices in the game
Ian Smith has one of the most influential and entertaining voices in the game

Nowadays, there is no doubt that the majority of the media will, as Smith says, “encourage New Zealand”. The only difference is the volume they acclaim.

Smith has been a remarkable career, not least because he is a former player. Athletes do not tend to criticize theirs, but Smith has always been impartial. When something is going well, he will say it and when it will not be, he will emphasize it too.

He does not reprimand those who report the failures of a player, but he has not been inclined to “in my daily life” either. There is no insistence that the game was better when he played and we feel that Smith loves cricket as much as when he started broadcasting almost 30 years ago.

But although he is considered the voice of cricket in this country, Smith’s skills may be best illustrated by his work in rugby.

Ian Smith has one of the most influential and entertaining voices in the game
Ian Smith has one of the most influential and entertaining voices in the game

Most analysts and marginal journalists can do is to repeat the words of the main commentator: “You are right, it is rather physical out” or stammering the name of the last substitute.

Smith tells you things you do not know or can’t see. He identifies the tactical or position switches and then asks relevant questions after the match, instead of just telling the interviewee how great they are or how bad they feel about them.

When he leaves, and Nisbett also in time, we’ll all say goodbye to a time when the pictures told a great deal of history and the commentator was only improving them.

Maybe we’ve heard Ian Smith’s last comment on cricket and maybe not. Even if our new rights holders do not want it, you hope there will be room for “a commentator from New Zealand” in foreign networks.

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England became a winning start under new head coach Chris Silverwood

You might not have observed with it taking place in the dead of night, England got off to a winning start under new head coach Chris Silverwood. 

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Win in the T20 series against New Zealand was protected with a Super Over which is now how all matters, sporting and diplomatic, will be settled between the two nations. Yet unlike the World Cup final in July, it all felt a bit anti-climactic. The first four matches were one-sided, even the Super Over was 17/0 plays 8/1. 

England became a winning start under new head coach Chris Silverwood
England became a winning start under new head coach Chris Silverwood

Of course, Eoin Morgan and the management team will have assembled more from it than English fans did at home. With a number of players rested after a taxing summer, new and older faces had a chance to stake their claim. Chris Jordan and Dawid Malan in particular impressed.

But it was an unsatisfactory tour for the five international debutants. At a time when established county cricket fans are gathering behind “their own” with the Hundred coming into full view, there was a tangible sense of disappointment that these poster boys of the T20 Blast were incapable to make their mark. 

Despite starting all five matches, Somerset all-rounder Lewis Gregory faced just 19 balls, bowled only four overs and picked up a couple of “thanks for coming” awards. His county teammate Tom Banton showed flashes of his smartness with 54 runs scored at a strike rate of 164.70 and a top score of 34.

It was the three young bowlers who had the most chastening experiences, racking up the worst economy rates for the tourists. Pat Brown of Worcestershire was the only one to come in below 10 (9.84), with the Lancashire pair of leg spinner Matt Parkinson and right-arm quick Saqib Mahmood finishing on 10.16 and 11.50 respectively.  

England became a winning start under new head coach Chris Silverwood
England became a winning start under new head coach Chris Silverwood

 Brown has been one of the stars of the Blast, his array of variations a fine example of his nous in the format; Parkinson the best English leg-spinner after Adil Rashid, Mahmood a fine promoter of the yorker.

Yet their displays lacked the verve domestic viewers are aware with – perhaps aside from Parkinson’s four-wicket performance in the fourth T20. Accordingly, those who did follow the series were questioning their readiness for this level. There are a couple of mitigating factors for their struggles. 

One is the sizes of the grounds, such as Eden Park, the venue for the 5th T20, which saw 292 runs scored in 22 overs of play. Scoring rates in New Zealand are frequently higher, thus Kiwi batsmen and bowlers have judged accordingly when being assessed for overseas competitions.

The next more exciting development is that despite all five coming into the series without a cap to their names, New Zealand knew what to expect of them, from their field settings to their change-ups. And so, too, do the rest of the world. 

England became a winning start under new head coach Chris Silverwood
England became a winning start under new head coach Chris Silverwood

The outcome of the data revolution within cricket means the grace period of a debutant, in which they might usually excel as an unknown quantity, has never been smaller. Perhaps the best examples of this miracle happen in Test cricket. 

Gary Ballance, enjoyed a fine start to his England career, scoring 1,060 runs and averaged 62.35 in his first 11 Tests, with four hundred, five fifties.

Once there was enough information on him, both anecdotal and analytical, plans were formulated to counter his deep-sitting in the crease and ball-onto-bat approach to ensure he only scored 438 in his next 12.

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England Vs New Zealand – Jonny Bairstow reprimanded for swearing during Black Caps T20 decider

England opener Jonny Bairstow has been reprimanded and handed one fault point by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for using “an audible obscenity” during Sunday’s final Twenty20 against the Black Caps in Auckland. 

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England Vs New Zealand - Jonny Bairstow reprimanded for swearing during Black Caps T20 decider
England Vs New Zealand – Jonny Bairstow reprimanded for swearing during Black Caps T20 decider

The batsman was picked up by the television broadcast swearing loudly after his dismissal by Jimmy Neesham during the tourists’ series-clinching Super Over victory at Eden Park. 

Bairstow’s 18-ball 47 had kept his side in contention to win the conclusive match, which had been reduced to 11 overs a side due to rain, and he was selected together with captain Eoin Morgan to bat out the Super Over. 

Bairstow and Morgan pillaged 17 runs off the Super Over, while the Black Caps could only muster eight to hand an experimental England side a 3-2 series victory.

England Vs New Zealand - Jonny Bairstow reprimanded for swearing during Black Caps T20 decider
England Vs New Zealand – Jonny Bairstow reprimanded for swearing during Black Caps T20 decider

Bairstow already has two defect points on his record, having been reprimanded Start this year for swinging his bat at the stumps during a one- day international against Pakistan in May.

The points continue on a player’s record for a period of two years, with a total of four points in that time enough to force an automatic ban of one Test or two limited-overs games.

Bairstow will continue in New Zealand as part of the test squad for the upcoming two-test series with the Black Caps.

England Vs New Zealand - Jonny Bairstow reprimanded for swearing during Black Caps T20 decider
England Vs New Zealand – Jonny Bairstow reprimanded for swearing during Black Caps T20 decider

He was firstly omitted from the 15-man squad after a barren run with the bat in red-ball cricket, averaging just 25.91 in his last 20 tests, but an injury to Joe Denly saw him restained as cover.

He will keep on in the country for at least England’s two warm-up fixtures in Whangarei.

Denly continuous ligament injury in his right ankle ahead of the T20 series, but is hopeful of a return for the second of those two warm-up games.

The first test between New Zealand and England begins on November 21 at Mount Maunganui’s Bay Oval.

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England Vs New Zealand – Darren Gough will work on a tourist attack for Black Caps test

And he was there, again. The chest is puffed-up. Shoulders back with blue eyes, radiant smile. Externally confident and full of anecdotes like Yorkshiremen. At 49, Darren Gough is back as bowling coach for the two-test series against New Zealand.

Monday morning after England’s victory over Super Over and the 3-2 playoff victory over New Zealand was miserable at this point. Cricket fans can get England Vs New Zealand Tickets online from our most trusted and reliable online ticketing marketing platform.

England Vs New Zealand - Darren Gough will work on a tourist attack for Black Caps test
England Vs New Zealand – Darren Gough will work on a tourist attack for Black Caps test

But in the peaceful town of Whangarei, New Zealand, Gough was waiting, beaming and talking like the radio show host he’s usually, and you can understand why England’s head coach, Chris Silverwood, named him.

The team hotel is a snowmobile inn, the rain, the sights to see in Whangarei represent only a clock factory and the port from which the logs are shipped to China; Yet, Gough illuminated the place.

He has a lot of experience and has played all over the world, said Silverwood when asked to explain why he chose a former Yorkshire teammate as a bowling consultant in England.

“I know how much energy he brings to the dressing room by playing with him, and I thought it would be a great experience for the young fast bowlers to talk to him, his talents – Yorkers to death. relevant today, so why not? “

England Vs New Zealand - Darren Gough will work on a tourist attack for Black Caps test
England Vs New Zealand – Darren Gough will work on a tourist attack for Black Caps test

Gough was forced to develop these skills sooner than expected because he is less than six feet tall and can’t get the same bounce as his original partner, Andrew Caddick. Instead, he was the first English bowling to master the overthrow.

In my opinion, no English bowler – with the exception of Pakistani masters such as Imran Khan, Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram – has reversed the trend as much as Gough did in the 1994 Lord’s test against ‘South Africa.

Okay, his captain, Michael Atherton, was ready to falsify the ball – the ball in his pocket – but the ball had to be swung at speed.

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England Vs New Zealand - Darren Gough will work on a tourist attack for Black Caps test
England Vs New Zealand – Darren Gough will work on a tourist attack for Black Caps test

It’s one of the big crushes of cricket that Gough has never done trials in the West Indies. Antillean crowds – would have reacted in the same way as the Australian crowds, when Gough told him grabbed the fight with the bat and the ball to the best team in the world.

He has won series of trials for England in Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Remarkably, his average bowling abroad (26) was below average in England (29); Gough found away.

Is not it a bit comfortable for England’s coaching team to be composed of Silverwood and his former team-mate, as well as Graham Thorpe and Paul Collingwood – ideas from outside will not make you- they do not?

Of course not; but anyone who wants a family life and a semblance of normalcy would not want such a full-time job and would not live a suitcase 11 months a year. As Silverwood said, after winning his first mission, he resumed the road the next morning: We do not like to rest – it’s apparently against the rules.

England Vs New Zealand - Darren Gough will work on a tourist attack for Black Caps test
England Vs New Zealand – Darren Gough will work on a tourist attack for Black Caps test

He said, it’s hard to name a permanent guy, we’re buzzing, and it’s hard to follow the official procedure, so it’s more than likely that we’ll be looking for someone to come in to cover that period in order to take a shot extra eye in some people in the longer term.

Shane Bond, the former New Zealand fast bowler, is a prime candidate for some assignments. If the rain persists, the first of the two English warm-ups will be canceled, a two-day match starting on Thursday.

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Can Kane Williamson defy a niggly hip injury to play all five tests against England?

New Zealand’s top-six looks set in stone for the England cricket tests but two nagging questions leap out. Cricket fans who want to watch the live-action of England Vs New Zealand series can get England Vs South Africa Tickets from our most trusted and economical online ticketing platform.

Can the Black Caps skipper and key batsman Kane Williamson challenge a niggly hip injury to play all five tests against England and Australia in the next two months, and who replaces him if he can’t?

There appears some doubt over question one. Coach Gary Stead sounded more hopeful than bullish about his skipper’s fitness as he and co-selector Gavin Larsen prepare to name their squad on Friday for next Thursday’s first test at Mount Maunganui.

Can Kane Williamson defy a niggly hip injury to play all five tests against England?

“I hope so. You never know, injuries can happen. We just have to manage him well and make sure his stretching regimes and all those things are going to plan,” Stead said Stuff.

Interviewed during in Napier on Friday, Williamson described his hip injury as an ongoing niggle, which restricted him to solitary innings this season: 26 in 56 minutes for Northern Districts against Canterbury last month.

It comes and goes. It is settling, which is nice. A lot of the previous few months has been rehab to get the hip right,he said.

Having skipped the five-match Twenty20 series as a safety, Williamson goes in the cold for five hard tests in just under seven weeks – two against England then three in Australia.

Can Kane Williamson defy a niggly hip injury to play all five tests against England?

Interestingly, Stead told the longer Williamson bats, the less the injury bothers him. It seems diving or running in the field is the biggest concern as New Zealand hope to avoid the major setback of starting a test without their best player.

It is not usually batting that aggravates it. Confidently he bats for a long time and scores a lot of runs, Stead said.

“He is been with us the last couple of games and had a number of red ball trainings with us as well, getting back into the rhythm of playing. I am practically confident he’ll be OK come the first test.”

It brings Otago batsman Hamish Rutherford into the frame for potentially his first test in closely five years, as the important backup option.

Regular backup Will Young, still awaiting his test debut, remains sidelined until at least next month’s Twenty20 Super Smash after undergoing shoulder surgery.

Can Kane Williamson defy a niggly hip injury to play all five tests against England?

Another leading top-order contender, Wellington’s South African run machine Devon Conway, does not qualify for New Zealand selection until September.

That leaves Rutherford who will open for New Zealand A in Friday’s three-day tour match against England in Whangarei. Now 30, Rutherford scored a memorable 171 on debut against England in 2013 but played the last of his 16 tests in January 2015.

Rutherford scored 535 runs at 41 in previous season’s Plunket Shield, then averaged 44 in four County Championship matches for Worcestershire. This season Rutherford has not got into gear with scores of 22, 21 and 7 for Otago.

There is a glaring absence of quality young batsmen making big runs in first-class cricket, a worry for the selectors trying to formulate backup plans.

Even the form of the officials in the first three rounds of Plunket Shield gave cause for concern, notably opener Jeet Raval.

Can Kane Williamson defy a niggly hip injury to play all five tests against England?

The left-hander who averages 34.64 from 20 tests – and will partner Tom Latham at the topmost – scored 37 runs in three innings in the 1-1 series draw with Sri Lanka.

Raval and Rutherford both missed out on much-needed innings when University Oval is poor drainage saw the Otago-Auckland game abandoned without a ball bowled.

A side from Latham’s 224 against Wellington, and Henry Nicholls’ 103 against Northern Districts it was slop pickings for the Black Caps batsmen, none of whom play for NZA this weekend while England’s test side gets back-to-back warmup matches at Cobham Oval.

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