England will look to seal a whitewash when they take on New Zealand in the second Test of the series at Headingley. For three innings in the first Test match at Lord’s, New Zealand competed well with England. After a second-innings English collapse saw them capitulate from 159/2 to 213 all out, New Zealand needed to get only 239 to take a surprise 1-0 lead in the series. Instead, Stuart Broad grabbed a seven-for and in partnership with James Anderson, blew the Kiwis off for a paltry 68 all out to win the game for the hosts.
That said, England will know they need to bat much better that what they did in both innings. While youngster Joe Root came to their rescue in both innings, with knocks of 40 and 71 to his name, the rest of the batting has lacked the edge it had with Kevin Pietersen around. His replacement Jonny Bairstow top-scored in the first innings but failed in the second, while likes of Alastair Cook and Nick Compton were far too slow at the start of the first innings. England have named an unchanged 12-man side for this second Test match with Ian Bell having recovered from tonsillitis that kept him off field for most of the second innings. He batted at number eight for the side. The one change in the playing 11 that could take place might see Tim Bresnan replace Steven Finn but despite his inconsistent bowling, the latter took four wickets in the first innings.
New Zealand, on the other hand, will need to swallow that bitter-sweet pill of an excellent shot with the ball but a poor second innings batting performance. In fact, even in the first innings, only Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor got themselves some runs while the rest of the batsmen failed to negotiate the opposition bowling. For New Zealand, there will be a couple of changes too with Brendon McCullum expected to keep wickets in place of BJ Watling and Daniel Vettori to come into the playing 11 for the left-arm spinner Bruce Martin.
Match Timings: May 24, 2013 (11:00 local | 10:00 GMT | 15:30 IST)
England (probable) 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Nick Compton, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Ian Bell, 5 Joe Root, 6 Jonny Bairstow, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 James Anderson, 11 Steven Finn.
New Zealand (probable) 1 Peter Fulton, 2 Hamish Rutherford, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Dean Brownlie, 6 Martin Guptill, 7 Brendon McCullum (capt & wk), 8 Tim Southee, 9 Doug Bracewell, 10 Neil Wagner, 11 Trent Boult.