New Zealand vs England – 1st T20 International Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is New Zealand vs England taking place? Friday, November 1st (1am UK / 2pm NZ)

Where is New Zealand vs England taking place? Hagley Oval, Christchurch

What is the expected weather for New Zealand vs England? 15c with sunshine and occasional cloudy spells

What channel is New Zealand vs England on? This match will be televised live on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream New Zealand vs England? This match can be streamed live on the SkyGo app

Where can I get tickets for New Zealand vs England? Tickets details for this match can be found here!

LAST MEETING
England beat New Zealand by 2 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ZEALAND

  • New Zealand are coming off a solid series win in Sri Lanka in September and they will be keen to extend their good recent form in this format of the game having won their last three series including a 2-1 home win over India earlier this year.
  • After missing the T20 series against Sri Lanka, skipper Kane Williamson will once again be rested for these encounters with England as he has a nagging hip injury which has led to the selectors deciding to preserve their star man ahead of the Test series, while star paceman Trent Boult is rested for the first three matches.
  • Tim Southee will lead the side in his absence as he did successfully in Sri Lanka though Williamson’s absence will add pressure on their batsmen to raise their game. Colin Munro looked in fine form against England in the last warm-up match where he smashed an unbeaten century.

ENGLAND

  • England come into this first T20 match desperate to improve on their couple of warm-up matches as they won one and lost one against representative teams, but their bowling in particular struggled and they will have to adapt quickly to conditions when facing the Blackcaps.
  • In what is their first action under new head coach Chris Silverwood, who has replaced Trevor Bayliss, this is something of an experimental team for the tourists who are blooding talented youngsters like Saqib Mahmood, Matt Parkinson, Pat Brown and Tom Banton, but the warm-up matches have already shown it may take some time for them to get up to speed.
  • There will be a heavy reliance on experienced campaigners like Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow and Adil Rashid with Bairstow particularly motivated to do well in this series after being dropped from the Test team.

THE PREDICTION

In what is expected to be a high-scoring series in New Zealand, the hosts take on England determined to keep their recent good run of form in T20s going. They have won their last three series and while they have rested Kane Williamson and Trent Boult, the rest of their team is close to first choice. The same cannot be said for England, who are experimenting more and blooding some new talent. While the likes of Parkinson, Mahmood and Brown are all exciting prospects, this may not be a tour that suits the bowlers on what should be batting-friendly pitches. New Zealand’s power-hitting is significant and the sheer depth of batting due to their several all-rounders in De Grandhomme, Santner and Neesham, gives them the edge in this opener and the series.

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