Twenty20 International against New Zealand in Christchurch. The strength of England’s bench is on home with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. Ahead of the second game, on Sunday, November 3 in Wellington, the onus is on the home side to display their own progress.
Much like England, who have their first team players, New Zealand are missing their captain, Kane Williamson, and perhaps their most lethal pacer in Trent Boult, with both players remaining to vary degrees. Unlike England, however, their bench has a lot more experience – the likes of Tim Seifert and Scott Kuggeleijn have been on the international scene for a while now.
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Deanl Mitchell, who impressed with a 17-ball 30 * in the opener, has been replaced by Lockie Ferguson, remarkably playing his sixth T20I in Christchurch, and the only real newbie in the side is Daryl Mitchell.
New Zealand wants to be hoping for, nay expecting, a better performance come Sunday. Tim Southee, Ferguson, Kuggeleijn and Ish Sodhi go wicketless in the first game.
England wants to be unconcerned with all that. They are encouraged by the fact that their youngsters – all of Pat Brown, Lewis Gregory, and Sam Curran made debuts in the first T20I – were unfazed by the occasion, and the youth revolution, hopefully for them, continues in Wellington.
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England eased to a seven-wicket win with nine balls to spare. They asked New Zealand to bat first, and their bowlers did a good job of ensuring none of the home batsmen blazed away. Apart from Ross Taylor (44 out of 35) and Daryl Mitchell (30 * off 17) late in the innings, all else tied to New Zealand managed to post 153/5.
England was relentless in pursuit of the target. Their openers put on 37, and then James Vince came in and bludgeoned a 38-ball 59 to steer the chase. Eoin Morgan contributed 34 * assured runs off 21 balls, while Sam Billings’ 11-ball 14 * meant the chase was completed in 18.3 overs.
Tim Southee, Said:
“We need to find a way to put pressure on the new batters coming out. We were a little bit off with the ball and in the field. “
James Vince, Said:
“With some of the main guys missing, it would be nice to get a bit of a run in the side, post some scores and make some match-winning contributions.”
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Rains are expected in Wellington next week, but they are about to start a day after the match. Sunny skies are expected, although things can get a bit nippy as the evening approaches. New Zealand has won seven of their 10 T20Is at the Westpac Stadium, but one of their losses came against England in 2013.
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