Series begins at Lord’s on Wednesday
James Anderson makes his 161st Test appearance – equalling Sir Alastair Cook’s record – while stand-in vice-captain Stuart Broad and express paceman Mark Wood also feature, with no room in the XI for a specialist spinner.
The quick bowlers were thrust into action straight away as New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first on a gloriously sunny morning, as England welcomed fans back in a home Test for the first time since 2019.
Capacity has been capped at 25 per cent – around 7,500 spectators per day are expected to attend for a Test where England are without injured pair Ben Stokes og Jofra Archer, with several others rested for the two-match series.
New Zealand handed a Test debut to Devon Conway, who will open the innings alongside Tom Latham.