New Zealand have their tails up ahead of the final Test versus England © Getty Images
New Zealand have their tails up versus England ahead of the final Test  © Getty Images

After going down by an innings and 49 runs in the first Test, England  have a job in hand to draw the two-match Test series versus New Zealand in the second and final encounter. The match will be played at Hagley Oval, Christchurch. After being bundled out for 58, England were always playing the ‘catch-up’ game in the series opener. Riding on hundreds from skipper Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls, New Zealand ensured a big lead (of 369 runs) despite rain playing spoilsport. As a result, England were bundled out for 320; enabling an unassailable 1-0 lead for Kiwis.

For the final Test, New Zealand have included Ish Sodhi for injured Todd Astle. From England’s perspective, they have dropped Chris Woakes. The all-rounded was wicketless in the first Test but scored 52 in the final innings. Joe Root-led England will be eager to end their tour on a high, and salvage some pride after the Ashes 2017-18 drubbing.

The live streaming of the first day’s play will be available on Hotstar, while the live telecast will be on Star Sports Select HD 1 and Star Sports Select 1 in India. The match can also be watched on SKY Sport NZ in New Zealand; all matches live streamed on the Sky Go. In England, one can view matches on Sky Sports Cricket.