England search for regroup while New Zealand eye another series win
Jofra Archer on Wednesday said he had ‘moved on’ from the racial abuse he received in the first Test and was ready to come back strong in the second Test.
"I'm over it. I've left what happened at the ground and I've moved on," he wrote in his column for Dailymail.
England’s Director of cricket Ashley Giles described Archer as "emotional" and "hurt", but the abuse could also gel the side together ahead of the important clash.
Head coach Chris Silverwood will leave England camp after second day of Hamilton Test following a family bereavement.
The most important thing for England is to reflect on their performances and sort out their batting and bowling woes in the first Test. Joe Root’s unimaginative captaincy was also questioned during the Test match.
The other worrying part about Root is his dip in form with the bat which has ruled him out of the top 10 batsmen in the ICC Test rankings.
The England skipper went into this series vowing to bat for longer periods as the attention is now towards building a solid unit for the Ashes in 2021-22.
But the shot selection from their batsmen came into the highlight once again as Root and other batters threw their wickets away instead of drawing inspiration from a gritty batting performance by BJ Watling.
Silverwood rejected criticism regarding Root’s leadership qualities but said it was vital for the team management to ease the burden of captaincy on him which will allow him to turn around his form in batting.
"We have to help him, talk to him and try to strip pressure away... we are starting a new sort of era now," he said.
England, though, have an injury concern over wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler, who pulled a back muscle while exercising.
Ollie Pope is being considered to take over the wicket-keeping duties if Buttler doesn’t take part but according to Root, there were a few other possibilities which would depend on the pitch at Hamilton.
While Archer struggled to make an impact with the kookaburra ball, New Zealand are searching for an ideal replacement for the injured Trent Boult. Ferguson, just like Jofra Archer, can bowl up to 150 clicks while Henry is more of a pitch-it-up bowler who can move the ball both ways.
New Zealand have also confirmed the inclusion of Daryl Mitchell in the playing XI as he will replace Colin de Grandhomme, who has to sit out with a torn abdominal muscle.
A win or draw in the series will power New Zealand to their fifth consecutive Test series victory on home soil.
New Zealand squad
Kane Williamson (capt), Todd Astle, Tom Blundell, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Jeet Raval, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling
Joe Root (capt), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Saqib Mahmood, Matthew Parkinson, Ollie Pope, Dominic Sibley, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes