Alastair Cook and Brendon McCullum's men will clash in an intriguing series decider, which gets underway at Headingley on Friday.
Ireland fell agonisingly short of a first-ever win over a Test-playing national in Dublin as the opening ODI against Pakistan ended in a tie.
Brad Hodge fired Rajasthan Royals to a four-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL Eliminator.
It will require a huge amount of concentration from the Black Caps if they want to level the series, as England's pace bowlers enjoy this venue and are on a high after their success in the first Test.
The Chennai Super Kings remained on course for their third Indian Premier League title on Tuesday, recording a 48-run win over the Mumbai Indians thanks to big half centuries from Mike Hussey and Suresh Raina.