Wellington — England’s two-match series in New Zealand is not part of the World Test Championship but will be no less significant for the tourists as they prepare to showcase a more patient brand of cricket under their new coach in Mount Maunganui on Thursday.

With Australia retaining the Ashes earlier in 2019, England, under coach Chris Silverwood, have embarked on a two-year project to reclaim the urn in 2020-2021. Jettisoning the aggressive style championed by his predecessor Trevor Bayliss, Silverwood has advocated a more conservative approach to Test cricket, with skipper Joe Root emphasising the importance of patience ahead of the series...

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