In the first Test of a three-match series, the English side will take on New Zealand at the University Oval Stadium in Dunedin on Tuesday night.
The visitors are currently in good form after prevailing in both the T20 and ODI series by a similar margin of 2-1.
New Zealand entered the Tests having been defeated 2-0 by the likes of South Africa, as the Proteas won by an innings to spare in both of the games in the two-match series.
The Kiwis are undoubtedly the underdogs against the English side, having won just eight and losing 45 of the 94 Tests played between the two teams throughout the years.
To top it off, they've also fallen short on numerous occasions at home, not winning a Test series there versus England since its 1-0 victory in 1986. However, the New Zealand side did execute a shocking 2-1 series win in England in 1999.
A brunt of the match's attention will be focused on newly named captain Brendon McCullum, who took over after Ross Taylor was removed as skipper of the national team from all three straight half centuries in the ODIs. He'll look to put the team's past failures aside.
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Coverage of the match is set to begin at 9:30 p.m. GMT on Tuesday, March 5.
The probable lineups can be viewed below.
Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Dean Brownlie, Brendon McCullum (c), BJ Watling (wk), Tim Southee, Bruce Martin, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult
Alastair Cook (c), Nick Compton, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Matt Prior (wk), Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Steven Finn