30 Apr 2013

Black Caps continue rebuilding international reputation

7:07 am on 30 April 2013

The New Zealand cricket side has flown to England for a two-test series, hoping to continue re-building their international reputation.

The Black Caps drew the recent three-test series against England here, playing on generally batsmen-friendly wickets but will have to counter an England seam attack which will have conditions much more to their liking at Lord's in London and at Headingly in Leeds.

The first test is at Lord's in just over a fortnight with the Black Caps having two warm-up matches.

They'll play a three-day game against Derbyshire starting on Saturday followed by a four-day game against the England Lions.

Captain Brendon McCullum and former skipper Ross Taylor will miss the Derbyshire game due to their Indian Premier League commitments.

New Zealand's currently ranked eighth in the world test rankings, with England second behind South Africa.