England vs New Zealand: Teams hope for Lord's swing to work its magic

Early season Tests in English conditions often pose particular problems for touring sides, although overcast skies are not exactly unknown in New Zealand.

updated: May 15, 2013 08:57 IST
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London: It will be a case of familiarity having bred respect when England face New Zealand in the first of a two-Test series at Lord's on Thursday.

England could have been forgiven for thinking they had completed the hard part of their most recent tour programme when they wrapped up an impressive Test series win in India before Christmas.

They then travelled to New Zealand for a three-match series against a home side still reeling from the botched way in which senior batsman Ross Taylor was stripped of the captaincy and replaced by Brendon McCullum.

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