England vs New Zealand Live Score 1st Test London, ENG vs NZ 2013
England underperformed on their tour of New Zealand, where they were completely outplayed by the hosts. The world's second-ranked team salvaged a 0-0 draw in the three-match series, thanks to the rain and Matt Prior's stubborn resistance in the third test in Auckland.
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However, England enter this match as favourites, given their home advantage and with the Ashes starting in July, Alastair Cook's men will be determined to lay down a marker ahead of the remainder of the summer, given the criticism they received after the draws in the reverse series.
Middle-order batsman Joe Root is England's most in-form man. The 22-year-old from Yorkshire is close to reaching the 1000-run mark this year and had scored 179 against the Kiwis for England Lions in the final tour match last week.
New Zealand, on the other hand, will be looking to prove that their impressive performances in the reverse series were no fluke. Brendon McCullum's side received a massive injury boost earlier this week as seamer Tim Southee, who suffered a foot injury during the practice match, was declared fit for the first test at Lord's.
Peter Fulton, who scored two centuries in the third Test at Auckland, will be keen to follow up that display with a few more big knocks during this tour but will be faced by the returning Graeme Swann, who miss the test series due to elbow sugery.