It took them a while, almost three months in fact, but England have finally put New Zealand in their place. Now for the Ashes.
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No pressure then. Joe Root, England cricket’s new batting superstar, plays his first Test Match at his home ground, Headingley, this weekend and is just 2/1 to score a century.
England and New Zealand lock horns in the 1st at Lord’s on Thursday and with the Three Lions having played well below par when the two sides last met, England will be looking at sending out a statement.
England's middle order has a less than rock solid feel and messrs Boult and Wagner could haunt them just as they did in NZ
England captain Alastair Cook and Ian Bell both have impressive batting records at Old Trafford, with Test averages over 60
The Australians seem no nearer to creating a team to match Warne, McGrath and co having been whitewashed in India most recently
Bangalore have shot out of the blocks in the 2013 tournament, with Virat Kohli outscoring last term's top gun Chris Gayle