Firstly if the test were not one of cricketing skills, but of a man-off involving arm wrestling, hard liquor, female conquests on aircraft and stamping on glass, New Zealand would white wash England 3-0.
New Zealand’s recent team training camp
Unfortunately it isn’t and on paper England have the consistency and discipline to mince the Kiwis, form them into burgers and sell them to ALDI as ‘beef’.
I’m not quite sure it will turn out to be as one sided as some are suggesting though.
Ross Taylor, easily their best batsman is back, despite his own coach and board stitching him up like a kipper.
Tim ‘mile high club’ Southee is also back – he can trouble England with out-swing. Then big Brendan can flay any attack, especially batting down the order against the old ball and spin. Let us not forget the Kiwis bowled South Africa out for low totals on their tour (even though SA bowled NZ out for microscopically, record breakingly low ones) and won a test in Sri Lanka to draw a series.
So don’t write them off before a ball has been bowled.