England meet New Zealand at Headingley to complete a whitewash in the three-game Test series after a thrilling win in the second Test at Trent Bridge.
Jonny Bairstow’s daring innings will be remembered for a long time and the era of Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes has got off to a flying start. Here they are looking to reassert their dominance, but the Black Caps will be keen to hit back. Tourists have been boosted by the return of Captain Kane Williamson from Covid. Stokes is also playing after an illness scare while James Anderson is out through injury meaning there is a debut for pace bowler Jamie Overton.
“My message is clear and simple,” Stokes said. “Let’s try to move on from what we did at Trent Bridge. It’s hard to put into words how we’re doing this week, but I said, “Let’s feel like we’re in the entertainment business and not the sports business.” I feel like people want to come and see the brand of cricket we play. My challenge to the guys this week is to do it again.”
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