(Sporting Alert) — England won the toss and elected to bat first on the opening day of the first Investec Test against New Zealand at Lord’s this morning.
England left fast bowler Tim Bresnan out of their team for the game on what looks like a very dry pitch on the sunny opening day.
But Steven Finn retained his place in the starting team, with spinner Graeme Swann returning after a an elbow surgery three months ago.
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum had already made plans to bowl first had he won the toss so things went according to plan for the Kiwis from that stand point. Team news sees Bruce Martin retaining his place, while Neil Wagner plays instead Doug Bracewell.
England team: 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Nick Compton, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Ian Bell, 5 Joe Root, 6 Jonny Bairstow, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 James Anderson, 11 Steven Finn
New Zealand team: 1 Peter Fulton, 2 Hamish Rutherford, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Dean Brownlie, 6 Brendon McCullum (capt), 7 BJ Watling (wk), 8 Tim Southee, 9 Bruce Martin, 10 Neil Wagner, 11 Trent Boult