Host New Zealand will be looking to continue the winning momentum when they face struggling England side in the second and final Test of the series in Hamilton from Friday.
The home side is leading the series 1-0 after Kane Williamson-led side registered thumping innings and 65 runs victory in the first game played at Mount Maunganui.
Kane Williamson and co. will come into this final game as strong favorites and will be looking to clinch the Test series at Hamilton.
However, New Zealand’s combination looks far from certain as there is no assurance which pacer- Matt Henry or uncapped Lockie Ferguson will cement his place in the playing eleven as Trent Boult has been ruled out due to injury.
The team will be once again depending on the class of Captain Kane Williamson, middle-order batsman Ross Taylor and wicket-keeper BJ Watling to lead from the front in the batting department.
Hosts New Zealand lead two match series 1-0 going into second and final game of the series at Seddon Park in Hamilton.
In the previous game, BJ Watling delivered his career-best batting performance for New Zealand in Test cricket. Wicket-keeper batsman smashed his maiden double ton to see New Zealand take control of the game at Mount Maunganui. He was well supported by Mitchell Santner, who also smashed his maiden century for New Zealand in red-ball cricket.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Tim Southee and Neil Wagner and Mitchell Santner to deliver the wickets in this contest.
For England, things look far from certain after another dismal performance in Mount Maunganui, and there is a strong possibility of Chris Woakes starting in the final eleven on Friday.
The team will be banking on the experience of all-rounder Ben Stokes, opening batsman Rory Burns and Captain Joe Root in the batting department. Stokes looked the cut above the rest in the previous game and scored 91 runs in the first innings for England.
In the bowling department, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad and Sam Curran will be looking to make early inroads with the new-ball. Chris Woakes will certainly bolster the bowling options for the side for this final game.
The pitch will certainly provide a good contest between bat and ball. The weather forecast will be partly cloudy with light winds.