We pick out some of the match-ups to keep an eye on during England's Test series against New Zealand
Last Updated: 09/05/13 2:57pm
The Black Caps are in England for two Tests to start the summer. We assesses where the series could be won and lost.
Alastair Cook v Brendon McCullum
The rival captains represent a clash of styles in every sense.
As batsmen, Cook favours ruthless accumulation and cashes in on a percentage game, while McCullum is a swashbuckling presence in the middle order.
Their leadership styles are equally different, Cook proving a low-key and tactically conservative skipper in his early Tests, while McCullum leads by force of personality and looks to be more aggressive.
Ian Bell v Ross Taylor
Both of these middle-order batsmen have significant credit in the bank over the course of their careers but are in need of a lift in form.
Taylor was hurt by his removal as captain by coach Mike Hesson and, after a self-imposed absence, managed a top score of 41 not out in the home series against England. His side will need better than that to escape defeat here.
Bell, meanwhile, followed a prolific 2011 with a dip in performance in 2012, scoring only one century in his last innings of the year. England expect more this time than the solitary half-century he mustered in five knocks in New Zealand.
James Anderson v Trent Boult
As England's top international wicket-taker across all formats, Anderson's status is a cricketer of consequence is already assured. But he approaches this series just two scalps shy of 300 Test wickets, a significant number by anyone's reckoning.
He will be looking to get them early at Lord's and make hay against a potentially fragile New Zealand order, who stood up better than expected in their home conditions.
Boult, surprisingly perhaps, outperformed Anderson in that three-Test rubber - taking 11 wickets at 29.18 to his counterpart's 10 wickets at 37.
New Zealand will need their 23-year-old prospect to deliver more of the same to remain competitive and the return of Doug Bracewell should keep him on his toes.