After the Test series ended in a draw, the focus has now shifted to the ODI series. Though the result was 1-1, it was New Zealand, who gained more out of the series. England will have to do the catching job, especially in this format, where they haven’t had a decent outing in the past few years. They couldn’t reach the knock out stage of the World Cup, and were thrashed by New Zealand in the group encounter.
This match will be played at Edgbaston in Birmingham, and the weather is expected to be typical English one. The temperature is expected to be between 5-16 degrees. The match will be played on June 9 and will start at 14:00 local time, which means that it will start at around 18:30 as per Indian Standard Time.
New Zealand has been exceptional in the recent past and has won the hearts of many cricket fans. They have a different style of play and have been playing the same way, no matter what the match situation is. No doubt, they are the most exciting to watch out for.
But England has been a complete contrast. They will need some inspiring performances in the series, just to get out of what happened in the World Cup. No doubt, they will be under huge pressure. Captain Morgan will have to lead from the front, unlike what he managed in the World Cup.
England has made some big changes in their ODI line up, with both Broad and Anderson making way for others. Moeen Ali has been rested. Test captain Cook continues to be side lined for the ODIs.
For New Zealand, Corey Anderson is a doubtful starter , after he sustained an injury in the 1st Test match of the series which forced him to sit out in the 2nd Test match. The fact that he didn’t feature in the warm up match just increases the chances of it.
Eoin Morgan (Captain), Ben Stokes, Alex Hales, David Willey, Chris Jordan, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Joe Root, Adil Rashid, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett, Jason Roy, James Taylor.
Brendon McCullum (Captain), Mitchell Santner, Ross Taylor, Mitchell McClenaghan, Martin Guptill, Nathan McCullum, Tim Southee, Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Grant Elliott, Luke Ronchi, Kane Williamson, Ben Wheeler.
With the way New Zealand has been playing in the recent past, it is very unlikely for England to run away with the match. Also, add the performance of England to it, and no cricket pundit will put his money on England. English selectors are looking to invest on future and several youngsters have been given a chance.
For England, a lot will depend on the performance of Morgan and Butler, who can run away with the match. Also, Hales at the top of the order will be a key. But the man to watch out for is Ben Stokes, who was the man of the match in the 1st Test match and can win with both bat and ball.
For New Zealand, McCullum will be key, if he fires at the top, match can get out of England’s hand. Boult and Southee are a deadly combo. Williamson will look to hold the innings together.
Taking all the parameters into consideration, New Zealand has 75 percent chances of winning the match, given the number of match winners and the players in form.