England and New Zealand will renew their rivalry in Tests from June 2 at Lord’s. The two-match Test series is not the part of the World Test Championship. But this will prove a very good practice for the Kiwis ahead of the WTC Final against India on June 18. This also marks the start of the season for England who have a very busy schedule for next 6-8 months.
Here we bring you the stats preview for this Test series:
Head to Head: England and New Zealand have faced each other on 105 occasions in the longest format. England have won 48 Tests while the Kiwis emerged victorious just 11 times with the rest of the 46 matches ending in a draw.
161 – James Anderson, if he plays, will equal Alastair Cook, in terms of playing most Test matches for England. The pacer can also surpass Cook if he plays both the games of the series.
992 – James Anderson has picked 992 wickets in his first-class career so far. He needs only 8 wickets to become the first pacer from active cricketers to achieve the historic feat.
517 – Stuart Broad has accounted for 517 scalps in 146 Test matches of his career. He is only three wickets behind from surpassing Courtney Walsh who has 519 wickets to his name. If Broad goes past him, then he will become the third highest wicket-taker among pacers in Test format.
7881 – Kane Williamson has scored 7881 runs as captain in international cricket. He needs only 119 runs to become only the second active cricketer after Virat Kohli to cross the 8000-run mark as the skipper.
591 – Tim Southee has picked 591 wickets in his international career so far. He needs only nine wickets to become the second New Zealand bowler to complete 600 wickets in international cricket with Daniel Vettori being the first.
51 – Joe Root has led England in 50 Tests till now. At Lord’s he will reach the joint third-most spot with Michael Vaughan in terms of leading his country in most Tests. Cook (59) and Michael Atherton (59) are ahead of him in this list.