New Zealand have a golden opportunity to wrap up the series as they face England in the 4th match of the ongoing ODI series in Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
A win in the last match at Ageas Bowl for the Kiwis gave them a 2-1 lead in five match series.
Although England have played some good cricket in the current series, showing some positive signs of recovery from their poor performances in the World Cup, they need to win this match to remain alive in the contest.
Some might argue if rain would not have interrupted and D/L method won’t have come to play, England might have been victorious in the second match of the series. Moreover, the home side suffered a blow when the pace duo of Chris Jordan and Liam Plunkett got injured in the second ODI itself and had to be replaced by Mark Wood and David Willey in the third ODI.
Wood bowled with formidable pace and ended his 10 overs with one wicket giving jus 44 runs, which makes him one of the most economical bowlers of the series. On the other hand left-armer Willey took the vital wickets of Martin Guptill and centurion Kane Williamson.
England now have called the twins, Jamie and Craig Overton as replacements of the injured bowlers but its highly unlikely that they will be playing in the match replacing the pair of Wood and Willey.
In the batting department, opening pair of Alex Hales and Jason Roy has not really clicked. So much of the responsibility will be upon Joe Root, skipper Eoin Morgan, wicket keeper batsman Josh Butler and all-rounder Ben Stokes, who have been scoring for the team in a quite a number of occasions.
Speaking of the visitors, their batsmen Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson are in good form as they both scored centuries in the last match. Both their openers Guptill and skipper Brendon McCullum are also to watch out for. Although Guptill slowly and steadily builds his innings, McCullum is capable of destroying the opposition single handedly. The Kiwi top order will be complemented by Grant Elliott, Mitchell Santner and Luke Ronchi, all of whom are capable of playing a handy knock.
When it comes to bowling, New Zealand will miss the services of fiery left-armer Trent Boult and all-rounder Corey Anderson as they are side-lined due to injuries. The pace attack will be led by Tim Southee, Matt Henry and Mitchell McClenaghen, all of whom seem to do a pretty good job till now.
Talking point of the last match was young seamer Ben Wheeler who was handed a debut. The left-arm seamer picked up three for 63 in a match where England lost their last five wickets for just 14 runs.
Probable Eleven England v NZ 4th ODI:
England: Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(k), Sam Billings, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Mark Wood, Steven Finn
New Zealand: Brendon McCullum(c), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Mitchell Santner, Luke Ronchi(k), Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ben Wheeler, Matt Henry
Match begins at 6.30 pm IST