After two entertaining test matches, the England vs New Zealand series will now switch to the one-day format. With the test series drawn 1-1, both teams would look to emerge victorious in the 5-match ODI series. The England vs New Zealand one-day series will kick off on Monday, June 9 with the 1st ODI being played in Birmingham. Here is a look at both the squads and an analysis of their strengths and weaknesses.
England vs New Zealand: Team-wise analysis
Talking of shorter formats of cricket, the English team has not been up to the mark lately. Their performance in the tri-series against Australia and India in January was satisfactory but they had a disappointing outing at the ICC World Cup. The team was knocked out of the ICC World Cup 2015 by Bangladesh in the group stage.
This England vs New Zealand series would be their best opportunity to play quality cricket and prove worthy opponents for the New Zealanders.
England’s one-day squad consists of some fresh, exciting names from County cricket. The likes of Sam Billings, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy and Mark Wood have made a mark at the domestic level and have earned a well-deserved England call-up. Moeen Ali has not found a place in the squad and the new recruits would look to fill the void left by Ali. Skipper Eoin Morgan’s experience will be an important factor and he would be the fulcrum of the home team’s batting order.
James Anderson, who recently became England’s highest wicket taker in tests has been left out of the England ODI squad. In his absence, Steven Finn, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett and Mark Wood are the fast bowling options. All-rounder Ben Stokes is also a regular bowler in the English setup and is expected to feature in every game.
England squad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Taylor, David Willey, Mark Wood.
New Zealand have been in red-hot form when it comes to the 50-over format. The 2015 World Cup finalists are a force led by Brendon McCullum, one of the most heavy hitting top-order batsmen in the world. Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson have also been scoring well in the top-order. Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Corey Anderson and Luke Ronchi will form the middle order. Ronchi and Elliott cracked centuries in their tour match against Leicester and were involved in a 221-run stand.
Pacers Trent Boult, Matt Henry and Mitchell McClenaghan are expected to feature in the playing XI. All-rounder Mitchell Santner is another talented lad who can contribute to the side with his left-arm spin. Ben Wheeler is an additional seaming option for the Kiwis and his inclusion in the playing eleven would depend upon playing conditions.
New Zealand squad: Brendon McCullum, Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, Ben Wheeler.
England vs New Zealand: Previous Meeting
The most recent England vs New Zealand meeting in a 50-over match was during the ICC World cup 2015. England were bowled out for 123. Tim Southee’s career-best bowling figures of 7-33 undid the English batting order. New Zealand took a little over 12 overs to chase the target and registered a comfortable 8-wicket win.