New Zealand vs England Match Preview
After another stalemate in the 2nd Test of the series, England meet New Zealand again in the 3rd and final match, tomorrow. Auckland will play host to this deciding encounter. The series will be awarded at Auckland, provided there is not a hat-trick of stalemates in the series.
Pietersen was ruled out of the Auckland Test
Unluckily for England, Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out for 6 to 8 weeks, as he suffers from a knee injury. Pietersen will be a big loss for England, considering his coming into form in the 2nd Test.
Jonny Bairstow is likely to take his place in the final encounter tomorrow. He needs to grab this opportunity, and cement his place in this competitive English team.
James Anderson is only five wickets away from the 300 wickets landmark, and if he continues with his coming good form, he might well complete the milestone in the Auckland test.
No other changes are expected in the England team for the final Test, as they want to be at their full strength and take the series in the decider.
On the other hand, New Zealand team have to strengthen their bowling attack, as they need to bowl to very good and experienced Test players, in the upcoming Test as well.
Doug Bracewell is one link missing in the New Zealand fast bowling attack, and if he returns to the fold, the New Zealand team will look a much more potent bowling unit.
New Zealand are likely to go with the same playing XI from Wellington, unless Bracewell is deemed fit for play. No other big changes are expected in the team for tomorrow.
A good batting surface with a little tinge of grass, though very dry, is expected in the stadium at Auckland. Batsmen from both the teams will be looking forward to playing at the venue.