New Zealand bat first as Neil Wagner, Jamie Overton offer each team a point of difference

New Zealand received the toss and selected to bat first vs England

Kane Williamson received the toss for New Zealand and selected to bat first, because the third LV= Insurance coverage Check towards England ready to get underway at Headingley.

On a straw-coloured pitch that was described as a “featherbed” by Nick Knight on Sky Sports activities, Williamson’s resolution was no shock – Ben Stokes, England’s captain, stated he would have batted first too.

“The solar is out, and it is fairly difficult to learn, however we’ll attempt to make use of the floor,” Williamson stated, as he ready to guide his aspect as soon as once more after being pressured to overlook the second Check at Trent Bridge as a result of a optimistic Covid check.

His return is one in every of two adjustments to New Zealand’s line-up, with Neil Wagner set to make his first look of the sequence rather than the injured Kyle Jamieson. Michael Bracewell, who impressed with bat and ball on debut final week, is retained as their spin possibility, with Matt Henry lacking out of a three-pronged seam assault that will probably be led as soon as once more by Tim Southee and Trent Boult.

“We have got 5 guys you can decide from, that each one convey one thing totally different,” Williamson stated of New Zealand’s seam choices. “Perhaps Neil Wagner can provide us that little level of distinction.”

Speaking of factors of distinction, England have named one in every of their very own, with the 90mph tempo bowler, Jamie Overton, set to play his first Check after impressing for Surrey with 21 wickets at 21 apiece within the County Championship this summer time.

Shortly earlier than the toss, Overton was introduced along with his cap by his twin brother Craig, who misses out of the XI that was confirmed by Stokes on Wednesday. Jack Leach was additionally introduced with a cap to mark his twenty fifth Check look – James Anderson did the honours for his team-mate, after being rested for this match after sustaining an ankle niggle.

“Jamie’s completely deserved his alternative this week,” Stokes stated. “We have made it clear we would like a degree of distinction in our bowling assault if we probably can. Jimmy and Jamie are totally different bowlers, however it’s very thrilling to know we have somebody who can bowl with some actual tempo and aggression.”

For England, 2-0 up within the sequence, the Headingley Check presents Stokes’ workforce an opportunity to double down on their new aggressive model of cricket, greatest exemplified by their exceptional 299-run chase at Trent Bridge.

“It is incredible,” Stokes stated. “The way in which during which we did it was essentially the most pleasing factor, we had been both profitable that sport or shedding it, however we have constructed one thing nice over the previous two weeks. We’re carrying a number of good momentum into this week, and hopefully we’ll entertain a number of folks as properly.”

England: 1 Alex Lees, 2 Zak Crawley, 3 Ollie Pope, 4 Joe Root, 5 Jonny Bairstow, 6 Ben Stokes (capt), 7 Ben Foakes (wk), 8 Matthew Potts, 9 Jamie Overton, 10 Jack Leach, 11 Stuart Broad

New Zealand: 1 Tom Latham, 2 Will Younger, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Devon Conway, 5 Daryl Mitchell, 6 Henry Nicholls, 7 Tom Blundell (wk), 8 Michael Bracewell, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Neil Wagner, 11 Trent Boult

Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo. @miller_cricket

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