PCB Backs Misbah despite failure in PSL 202023 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
After a thrilling T20I series, England and New Zealand face each other on Thursday in the first of the two-Test match series. Much like their approach with the T20I squad, England has brought in new faces for the Tests as well. Amidst all the hype surrounding a new-look England, they will enter the series as the underdogs considering the Kiwis' record at home. With a solid team in their ranks as well, Kane Williamson and co will look to avenge their T20I series loss with a good performance at the Bay Oval. New Zealand are coming off a pretty good T20I series wherein they managed to hold England to a tie in the last match after the series was tied at 2-2. New Zealand's test squad is a lot different from their limited-overs squad. New Zealand have a deep batting unit along with a versatile bowling attack that could test England. New Zealand should field their strongest possible side with Kane Williamson returning after injury. England have plenty of problems to address as far as batting is concerned and they are likely to find it difficult in tough Kiwi conditions.
New Zealand may be one of the best tours on the international circuit, but it has not been a happy hunting ground for England of late. They have won just one of their last four series there. England's skipper said his team would be taking a more measured approach this time, with batsmen placing an emphasis on protecting their wickets. for England have made more than a few mistakes where New Zealand are concerned in recent Test encounters. They haven't won a Test match in the country. Throw in the battering-ram attributes of the effervescent Neil Wagner, alongside Colin de Grandhomme's wobbly wiles and Mitchell Santner's angular spin, with Lockie Ferguson's already-familiar rapidity lurking on the fringes, and it's clear that New Zealand, once again, come armed with an attack that most sides in the world would be grateful to call their own.
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