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Match Preview – England vs New Zealand, New Zealand in England 2023, 1st T20I

Large image: Again to the 20-over format

Roll up, roll up! We have had rollercoaster males’s and girls’s Ashes, the Hundred has loved its month within the highlight… however there’s nonetheless room within the sardine can for a bilateral white-ball sequence or three! Astute followers of the sport will likely be conscious that New Zealand arrived within the nation a couple of days in the past, however the remainder of you’re forgiven in case you missed it between 100-ball shenanigans and World Cup squad headlines.

The tour begins with 4 – sure, 4 – T20Is, beginning at Chester-le-Avenue on Wednesday, earlier than 4 – sure, 4 – ODIs that may set England on the runway in direction of their 50-over World Cup defence. As such, the T20Is present extra of a possibility to check the hosts’ depth, forward of one other world occasion within the US and Caribbean subsequent 12 months – though plans to blood a trio of younger tempo bowlers have already taken a flip after accidents dominated out John Turner and Josh Tongue.

Gus Atkinson, one of many breakout stars of the season and a person able to bowling 95mph/152kph, ought to, nevertheless, win an England debut over the subsequent few days. Atkinson helped Oval Invincibles to the Hundred title on the weekend, having caught Jos Buttler’s eye throughout a head-to-head contest earlier within the marketing campaign, and the Surrey man has shot up the pecking order to the extent that he’s additionally within the provisional World Cup squad – regardless of having solely performed two Listing A video games in his profession.

There also needs to be possibilities for the likes of Rehan Ahmed, Luke Wooden and Will Jacks, whereas Jonny Bairstow is ready to play his first T20I in over a 12 months, having missed England’s victorious T20 World Cup marketing campaign in Australia. Bairstow will be the fast beneficiary of Alex Hales’ current retirement, having solely opened sporadically over the course of his worldwide T20 profession.

Such is the sense of dislocation across the schedule, England have not truly performed a limited-overs worldwide since mid-March, when their world champion standing was knocked by a 3-0 T20I defeat in Bangladesh. However Buttler, coming in off the again of a tournament-leading run haul within the Hundred, and Matthew Mott now have an intensive programme with which to fine-tune preparations for the subcontinent.

Because it occurs, the match opener on October 5 will pit England in opposition to, sure, New Zealand, in a rematch of the 2019 closing (with Participant of the Match at Lord’s, Ben Stokes, again out of retirement, though he will not be concerned within the T20Is). Tim Southee, New Zealand’s T20I captain, acknowledged that every one roads presently result in Ahmedabad, and there’s lots for the vacationers to get straightened out over whereas in England.

They arrived on the again of a 2-1 win within the UAE with an experimental aspect – however noticed a outstanding file of 39 video games with out defeat in opposition to non-Check nations ended within the second match of the sequence. The squad to face England will likely be considerably stronger, nevertheless, with a number of already in rhythm after plying their commerce within the Hundred.

For New Zealand’s World Cup hopes, the most-important ingredient of this tour is likely to be how Kane Williamson goes in his rehabilitation from a severe knee damage. Williamson shouldn’t be anticipated to be concerned in opposition to England, whereas Trent Boult will solely play the ODIs as he returns to the fold after opting out of a central contract final 12 months – however after a number of months wherein the worldwide T20 franchise circuit has dominated conversations, a special narrative is beginning to construct.

Type information

England LLLWW (final 5 Checks, most up-to-date first)
New Zealand WLWWW

Within the highlight: Harry Brook and Kyle Jamieson

Jos Buttler final week described Harry Brook as unlucky to overlook out on choice for the World Cup, sentiments which he repeated earlier than the sport at Chester-le-Avenue. Brook is a T20 World Cup winner who averages 62.15 with a strike fee of 91.76 in Checks – and due to this fact completely suited to the 50-over recreation – however Stokes’ return has nixed his hopes of being in India (not less than for now). Having responded to his omission by scoring the quickest century within the brief historical past of the Hundred, off 41 balls, he’ll probably be eager to nudge the selectors once more.

Kyle Jamieson suffered a again damage on New Zealand’s tour of England in 2022 that subsequently dominated him out of motion for a lot of the subsequent 14 months. His phenomenal begin to life as a Check cricketer led to a US$2.5m IPL deal in 2021, though life has not all the time run easily as he tried to juggle his workload throughout codecs. Jamieson has solely featured eight ODIs and 11 T20Is for New Zealand however performed his first cricket since February within the UAE and will but be a key weapon on the 50-over World Cup, together with his imposing peak and skill as a lower-order hitter.

Workforce information: England check bench, NZ welcome large weapons

England’s intention for this sequence had been to blood their subsequent tier of white-ball quicks, forward of subsequent 12 months’s defence of their T20 World Cup title, however two of these uncapped prospects, John Turner and Josh Tongue, have already been withdrawn by means of damage, with Brydon Carse and the old-stager Chris Jordan slotting in of their stead. The third of that trio of recent boys, Atkinson, is certain to play at some stage as England search to fast-track his worldwide expertise forward of his potential World Cup call-up, though having featured in Oval Invincibles’ victory within the males’s Hundred closing on Sunday evening, his involvement might but be deferred. On the batting aspect, Brook is the squad’s trigger celebre, though Ben Duckett and Jacks have loads of incentive to impress as properly, with Buttler having admitted final week that nothing is but set in stone for the World Cup.

England: 1 Jos Buttler (capt & wk), 2 Jonny Bairstow, 3 Dawid Malan, 4 Harry Brook, 5 Liam Livingstone, 6 Moeen Ali, 7 Sam Curran, 8 Adil Rashid, 9 Chris Jordan/Brydon Carse, 10 Luke Wooden, 11 Gus Atkinson

New Zealand’s squad is assembling Avengers-style from myriad corners of the cricketing universe. A scratch squad contested a brace of warm-up video games in opposition to Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, however now a number of Hundred combatants are returning to the fray – amongst them Southee, Daryl Mitchell and Adam Milne, who offered three touches of Kiwi class in an in any other case dead-rubber conflict between Birmingham Phoenix and London Spirit final week. In a slightly extra high-profile outing, Devon Conway and Finn Allen shaped a potent alliance for Southern Courageous in Saturday’s Eliminator at The Oval, and can slot again in on the high of the NZ order, after Tim Seifert and Chad Bowes stood in in opposition to UAE. Jamieson made his comeback in that sequence after a long-standing again damage, and can proceed his progress over the approaching video games. Jimmy Neesham, a hero of the Hundred closing for Oval Invincibles, is heading residence for the delivery of his baby.

New Zealand: 1 Devon Conway (wk), 2 Finn Allen, 3 Mark Chapman/Tim Seifert, 4 Glenn Phillips, 5 Daryl Mitchell, 6 Rachin Ravindra/Cole McConchie, 7 Mitchell Santner, 8 Kyle Jamieson, 9 Tim Southee (capt), 10 Lockie Ferguson/Adam Milne, 11 Ish Sodhi

Pitch and situations

Chester-le-Avenue final hosted a T20 worldwide in 2017, and isn’t generally known as a batter-friendly venue – on this 12 months’s Vitality Blast, it was the third-lowest scoring of the key grounds, with runs coming at 8.27 an over. There’s a probability of some rain to freshen situations additional on Wednesday, though the forecast for the night is evident.

Stats and trivia

  • New Zealand have received eight and misplaced 14 of their earlier 22 accomplished T20Is in opposition to England, together with a tie in Auckland in November 2019 that Chris Jordan duly sealed within the Tremendous Over, to say a 3-2 sequence win within the two groups’ most up-to-date bilateral outing.
  • Since then, England and New Zealand have performed twice extra, at consecutive T20 World Cups. On the former occasion in 2021, Daryl Mitchell propelled his aspect to the ultimate the place they fell brief in opposition to Australia; then, 12 months later, England exacted revenge within the group stage, en path to their victory within the closing.
  • Quotes

    “I do not suppose he has a degree to show. Everyone knows what a unbelievable participant he’s. He is unlucky to overlook out on choice at this stage. We have mentioned it for a very long time in English white-ball cricket we have plenty of depth and expertise, and younger gamers coming by means of pushing [for selection] has been a trademark of the group. It is pure that good gamers miss out.”
    England captain Jos Buttler on Brook’s standing

    “Any cricket now within the lead-up to the World Cup is nice cricket. For the fellows that go on to that match, you are taking part in in opposition to high quality white-ball opposition. I do know it is a completely different format however I feel any cricket main into the World Cup is nice cricket.”
    New Zealand captain Tim Southee

    Alan Gardner is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo. @alanroderick



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