England return to the test cricket arena for the first time since their Ashes humiliation as they face New Zealand in a two match series starting next week.

The group linked up on Monday ahead of the series where they will also face two warm-up games both in Hamilton as they aim to get their test cricket back on track.

England are set to be boosted by the return of Ben Stokes to the red-ball team for the first time since he was suspended following an incident in Bristol.

This looks like being an interesting series between two well matched sides and could come down to fine margins as to who will win the series.

England had performed well in the long-form before the Ashes but they struggled in that and will be looking to get back on track.

With that being said, take a look at England’s predicted line-up for the series opener in Christchurch.

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