England face New Zealand in the second of a three-match Test series, at the Basin Reserve Stadium in Wellington. The visitors have had a mixed start to the series after being dismissed for their lowest first innings score in four years before fighting to force a draw in the first Test.

New Zealand v England

Where to Watch Live

The match is scheduled from 14 March to 18 March. Live coverage in the UK starts every day at 9.30pm GMT (on 13 March), with Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD providing broadcasts.


The Kiwis would have been pleased with their general performance in the first Test. An excellent performance with the ball, in England's first innings, restricted Alastair Cook and his men to 167. And that was followed by a brilliant century on debut by Hamish Rutherford (171) to register a mammoth first innings lead of 293. And the fact the hosts lost a full day's play (the first day was rained out) should not be forgotten. Had a full five days' play been possible, England may have struggled to save the game.

However, to their credit, England fought back in their second innings, with openers Nick Compton (117) and Cook (116) posting a first-wicket partnership of 231. And after patient innings of 56 and 52 from Steven Finn and Jonathan Trott respectively, England forced a hugely creditable draw.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum will hope to repeat and improve on the overall performance from Dunedin. And he will be buoyed by the inability of the English bowlers to run through the New Zealand batting line-up; they are yet to bowl the opposition out in three innings, including two in a tour match before the first Test.

England coach Andy Flower has confessed he needs to find a performance tweak to stop his side from playing poorly in first Tests. The good news for him, though, is that if the tour of India is any indication, New Zealand will face a much harder battle in the second and third Tests. The English lost the first Test against India but turned it around to record a Test series win in the subcontinent.

Overall, England will be pleased by their record at the Basin Reserve, where they have played 10 Tests, won four, lost one and drawn the rest.

Team News

New Zealand are without Doug Bracewell, who has yet to recover from a foot injury. There should be no changes though and the hosts are expected to name the same squad that started against England in the first Test.

Probable Team: Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Dean Brownlie, Brendon McCullum (capt), BJ Watling (wk), Tim Southee, Bruce Martin, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult

England have an injury worry in Kevin Pieterson but the batsman is expected to be fit for the game after shrugging off pain in his right knee.

Probable Team: Alastair Cook (capt), Nick Compton, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Matt Prior (wk), Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Steven Finn, Monty Panesar

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