England vs New Zealand in a World T20 match. Out of the scheduled matches this has to be one of the low profile matches which can quietly slip under the radar. Both teams do not have the star performers or play the brand of cricket required by an audience watching a T20. England are coming of a poor season against Australia where they lost almost every match they played physically and psychologically. Their star player was made the scapegoat and one of their reliable players went home in the mid of the tour. On the other hand, New Zealand had an excellent season against India and they won the tests and ODI’s and they would be high on confidence. Contrasting fortunes!
Head to head in T20’s
The head to head record between the two is pretty one sided. England have won 7 and lost just 3 of their encounters with New Zealand. But New Zealand are known for raising their performances in the big stages. They are also defaulters in the semis of ICC world competition.
Since it is an evening match, dew can be expected. Unlike traditional Bangladesh wickets this has grassy content and would favour the fast bowler which apparently is the strength of both the teams.
New Zealand has some power hitters in their arsenal and on a grassy pitch where the ball comes nicely on the bat. If one of their batters like Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Brendon Mccullum, and Corey Anderson get going, then it would be a batting feast for the spectators. Especially their key batsmen Taylor and Mccullum performed exceedingly well in the previous series against West Indies and India, so they would be high on confidence. Also their advantage of playing in the Indian Premier League may help them counter the spin in the sub continent conditions. Their bowlers also had a wonderful series against India. Tim Southee can be potent in the death overs with his reverse swing. Mitchell McClenaghan has many 4 fors to his name and can strike with the new ball. Their playing 11 is almost well settled and the presence of all rounders like Anderson, Nathan Mccullum and Anton Devcich can work to their advantage.
Possible Playing XI
England’s batting lineup is one of the not so good one’s in this year’s edition of World T20. They are experimenting with their youngsters and have been a team who are not fussed about their T20 performances (it appears that way, at least, from outside). The return of Alex Hales who is currently the world no 1 T20 batsman can be a positive. Their middle order is dependent too much on Morgan who too is coming off from an injury. If the openers can set up a good platform the likes of Buttler and Bopara can explode at the death overs. As usual, they have a string of fast bowling options like Dernbach, the captain Broad and the ever reliable Tim Bresnan. The presence of Pieterson would have provided the X factor that is missing in this batting line up. England’s supporters have to realize that life has to move on! Don’t they?!