Unchanged England field first in Leeds

May 29, 2015
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England captain Alastair Cook has opted to field first in the second Test against New Zealand after winning the toss at a damp Headingley.

England have named an unchanged side from the one that beat the Black Caps in the first Test at Lord's, while New Zealand make just one alteration with Luke Ronchi coming in to make his Test debut in place of the injured Corey Anderson. Meanwhile, regular wicketkeeper BJ Watling will play as a specialist batsman at number six.

Ronchi has featured in 45 one-day internationals for New Zealand and 12 T20s but has never played in a Test match.

Heavy rain in West Yorkshire on Friday morning meant that no play was possible in the first session but an early lunch was taken and the Test got underway at 13:30 BST.

Cook said of his decision to ask New Zealand to bat first: "It wasn't an easy decision, but the Yorkshire boys tell me it gets flatter and flatter. The guys came in and did well so it's good to be unchanged. It was a fantastic Test match last time and we're going to try and get the same result."

England: Adam Lyth, Alastair Cook (capt), Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, James Anderson.

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (capt), BJ Watling, Luke Ronchi (wk), Mark Craig, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent Boult.


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