On the opening day of the 2nd tour match against a New Zealand XI, England’s bowlers took 13 wickets.
On 22nd March, the test will begin. They opted to stay in the field all day for bowling practice. Although, Ben Stokes was named in the 12-man squad but did not bowl or field in Hamilton.
However, he is expected to bat on Saturday. Moeen Ali and Joe Root took three wickets apiece with their off-spin as the hosts ended on 287.
He faced a different New Zealand XI side to the one that posted 376 on Wednesday. At three, Martin Guptill will bat. Captain Root opted to have Chris Woakes open the bowling alongside Anderson in place of Stuart Broad, who was brought on after six overs.
Anderson said: “Stuart is a very proud guy and he’s taken the new ball for a while now, but he’s taken the decision on the chin. In both games he came on with the ball six overs old so it’s still hard and still moving around a bit. He’s done a lot of work on his action and I think he looks refreshed.”
Anderson took 2-41 from his 15 overs while Chris Woakes and Craig Overton, who both missed the first tour match, took a wicket each.
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