Reuters India – * NZ seeking first series victory since 1999
* Williamson hopes to exploit conditions before pitch flattens
* England give Leach debut, Stokes still ‘day-to-day’ on bowling (Adds details, quotes)
CHRISTCHURCH, March 30 (Reuters) – New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and chose to bowl in the second test against England at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Friday.

Summary

  • * NZ seeking first series victory since 1999 * Williamson hopes to exploit conditions before pitch flattens * England give Leach debut, Stokes still ‘day-to-day’ on bowling (Adds details, quotes) CHRISTCHURCH, March 30 (Reuters) – New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and chose to bowl in the second test against England at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Friday.
  • New Zealand were forced to make one change from the side that won the first test by an innings and 49 runs in Auckland with Ish Sodhi replacing fellow leg-spinner Todd Astle, who suffered a side strain.
  • The match has been overshadowed by the ball-tampering furore in South Africa, but New Zealand’s first test victory, just their 10th overall against England, has put them in a position to beat England in a series for the first time since 1999.
  • Batsman James Vince was restored to the side, fast bowler Mark Wood replaced Woakes and left-arm spinner Jack Leach will make his test debut.
  • England – Joe Root (captain) Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, Jack Leach, James Anderson Reporting by Greg Stutchbury in Wellington; Editing by Ed Osmond


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