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Eng vs NZ, 2022: A New Fearless Cricketing Era for England under Stokes & McCullum

England won their first Test of the Test summer in 2022 against World Test Champions New Zealand after a nightmare Ashes tour and Caribbean Fight.

England defeated New Zealand in the first Test at Lord’s to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series thanks to Joe Root’s masterclass 26th Test century and more notable performances.

England were limping at 69/4 at one point while chasing a 277-run target before England’s former Test captain, Joe Root and new skipper Ben Stokes stabilized the home side. Root and Ben Foakes then took England over the line after a long time in the red ball format.

Let’s scan a few talking points from the first Test of the 2022 summer:

Stokes-McCullum partnered for a new Role in England Cricket:

When he was selected for the job, England skipper Ben Stokes informed that new head coach Brendon McCullum planned to promote senior pacer Stuart Broad to the number eight position. Broad is best recognized for his bowling ability, but he has also displayed some batting skills, scoring one century and 13 fifties in the longest format of the game.

However, since the start of 2021, the southpaw has been struggling with his bat scoring only 86 runs in 17 innings, with a dismal average of 7.81 and a highest of 15.

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If former England captain Joe Root or wicketkeeper-batter Ben Foakes had lost their wickets, Broad’s recent form would have been overlooked by the new England coach, who would have elevated him to number eight.

However, the pair went on to put up an amazing 100-run partnership, assuring England’s easy chase of the target.

For his superb batting performance, which included an unbroken 115-run innings, Root was voted Player of the Match.

“When Foakesy went out to bat last night, he said that if we lose a wicket, he’ll put Broady in for a 30-40-run slog, and the game will be over.”

That isn’t something we see very frequently in the room. After the win, Stokes stated, “Just those basic little things, the confidence, the passion that he brings to his style of play.”.

“I’m very confident you guys would have been like, ‘What the heck is going on here?’ if Broady came out last night and flayed 20 or 30 people.”

“In any setting we’re in, he’ll make everyone feel ten feet taller, and I’ve really loved working with him so far,” he added.

But there is another portion of the story that McCullum has to take care the health of his players. Both Broad and Anderson are going through the finishing yards in their glorious career; Ben Stokes and how is feeling about his own mental health doing all the jobs for England; the injury long list of England and so on.

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Matthew Potts: A man with inspiration and energy:

Potts made one of the most memorable Test debuts in recent memory.

At Lords, he shot 4-13 and 3-55.

In his first over, he took a wicket, and it wasn’t just any wicket; it was Kane Williamson, whom he dismissed twice in the game.

From over 4 to 9, even for a 23-year-old who is playing for his country for the first time and bowling in red-ball cricket at Lord’s, two overs are impressive.

He might have finished his five-for if it hadn’t been for a cramp that forced him out of the attack.

Potts dismissed Williamson twice in the game:

Before midday, England had gone from 116 for seven to 141 for all out, a nine-run lead, before dismissing the tourists for 38 for three. The Durham seamer affected not solely along with his wickets – his natural endowment of obtaining a wicket within the initial over of a spell could be a notably smart one to possess – however conjointly his management.

Yes, New Zealand were below the pump once he came on to bowl. However, his accuracy and talent to maneuver the ball each way that off the seam meant they got no probability to ease the pressure.

In the second innings, his influence was less dramatic, but it was still significant because he got out of Williamson just as the Kiwi skipper was showing signs of form, and then he got rid of Tom Latham in his next over. It’s only one match, but it’s a fantastic start to a global career.

The golden comeback of ageless Anderson & Broad:

Broad demonstrated what England had been lacking after the controversial decision to leave him and James Anderson out of the team for the West Indies tour.

On day one, he was brilliant with the new ball, dismissing the dangerous Devon Conway, but he was forced to take a back seat as Anderson and Potts took over.

Broad, on the other hand, had his moment in the second innings, bowling a match-changing over early on day three.

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He dismissed Daryl Mitchell with a Jaffa, De Grandhomme was run out next ball when a brain-fade caused him to wander out of his crease while England argued for LBW, later Jamieson’s off-stump was uprooted.

Three wickets in three balls brought England back into the game, a team hat-trick with Broad at the helm.

Broad took 1-45 & 3-76 at Lords.

People keep attempting to retire England’s all-time leading wicket-taker, Jimmy Anderson but he shows no signs of slowing down even at an age of 39.

He bowled six overs, five maidens, and only one scoring shot was conceded in his opening spell, not to mention two wickets.

Both openers went cheaply, one right-hander, one left-hander and each was undone by the skill of Anderson. His wickets were more usual Anderson wickets till he bowed out Jamieson and Tim Southee.

Destructive Joe Root completed 10k+ Test Runs:

Joe Root’s dominating form in Test cricket knows no bounds, as the 31-year-old hammered his 26th career century to lead England to a five-wicket victory.

Root, who was batting on 77 till the end of Day three, needed to bat till the end to prevent England from collapsing like they usually do.He was able to accomplish this in the company of Ben Foakes, and he did so in style.

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Joe Root reached his 26th Test century and became only the 14th player to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket when he nicked Tim Southee for a couple in the 77th over of England’s chase at Lord’s.

The fastest innings are 195, three less than Steve Waugh’s 244 innings. However, the floodgates have opened again since 2021, with 2192 runs at 56.20 in the last 21 Tests had come off Root’s willow.

This number sounds much more hard knowing how even after a lackluster Ashes series in 2021-22, in which he only averaged 32.20 in 10 innings, Root reached the summit of all mountains.

Even more impressive is his rate of hundreds: nine in 21 matches, or one every 2.3 Tests, compared to his career average of one every 4.5.

Parkinson’s sudden debut at Lords:

It was tough to be Matt Parkinson on last Friday. He was somewhere in Manchester playing golf when he got the news of joining the England’s Test team on immediate effect because regular spinner Jack Leach had been ruled out of the game due to his head injury. On a bank holiday, Parkinson rushed up to join the side and had almost went to the crease late in the day.

On his debut, he bowled 15.3 overs and gave 47 runs and took 1 wicket with an economy of 3.03.

With the track supporting the pacers, the leg-spinner, who has been a member of the Test squad for some time, didn’t have much to do in the Lord’s Test. But the way he bowled is variation with different speed and line-lengths, England would be really eager to use him regularly in the upcoming summer and tours.

In the last three days, McCullum Put all his ideas and experience to Stokes and Captain play a crucial role which was why England wins at lords. But it was just the start they would have aimed when had been given the responsibility on their shoulders.

It’s still a long way to go and it would be a brain fade not to expect New Zealand making a comeback at Trent Bridge in Nottingham when the second Test will start on 10th June.

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