Alastair Cook expects England will have to work hard to exert their predicted superiority against New Zealand, but opposing captain Brendon McCullum has labelled the visiting side ‘giants’ of Test cricket as he laid down the challenge to his team.
In their Test history New Zealand have only eight wins against England, are currently eighth in the rankings and two matches ago were skittled for 45. Cook’s team, meanwhile, secured a historic win in India before Christmas (something Australia will find tough to match), have a top seven where only one batsman does not average over 40, a pace attack that includes two of the in-form quicks in the world and one of the leading spinners on the scene.
“We know this is a huge series, we are taking on one of giants of the Test game and on the back of a tough South Africa series we know the importance of us showing a fighting spiriting for cricket in this country,” McCullum said. “They aren’t one of the best teams in the world for no reason so we know the magnitude of the challenge.” Read more
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