New Zealand vs England – 3rd T20 International Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is New Zealand vs England taking place? Tuesday, November 5th (1am UK / 2pm NZ)

Where is New Zealand vs England taking place? Saxton Oval, Nelson

What is the expected weather for New Zealand vs England? 16c with cloud but rain unlikely

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
New Zealand beat England by 21 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ZEALAND

  • New Zealand bounced back in style in Wellington as they levelled the series 1-1 thanks to a 21-run victory over England as their batsmen put a competitive score when batting first, which their bowlers and fielding did a great job in defending.
  • While Colin Munro could only muster seven runs, Martin Guptill put together a strong innings at the top of the order to give them a framework to build on as he smashed 41 from 28 balls and that immediately reduced the pressure on the middle order and himself.
  • All-rounder Jimmy Neesham came into the side at the expense of Scott Kuggeleijn and hit a swashbuckling 42 from just 22 balls which was key to the total of 176/8 and there is every chance that the Blackcaps will name an unchanged side following that victory.

ENGLAND

  • England fell short of New Zealand’s total of 176/8 in Wellington on Sunday to slip to defeat but they will not be too disheartened coming into this third match as the series moves to Nelson.
  • England and Eoin Morgan continued to experiment with their team selection as Lewis Gregory and Saqib Mahmood were brought into the side with varying degrees of success and ultimately the target was too much for them after New Zealand got hold of Mahmood (4-0-46-1) and Pat Brown (2-0-32-0).
  • They are likely to make a couple of changes in each match they play so there is a chance that Pat Brown will be withdrawn after playing the opening two matches so Tom Curran or Matt Parkinson could come in for him, while it seems a matter of time before Tom Banton will be handed a chance too as wicket-keeper/batsman.

THE PREDICTION

New Zealand fought back well in the second T20 on Sunday to level the series and the likelihood is that this series will go down to the wire. England were dominant in the first game but with several inexperienced players in the team, they showed their fragility and lack of consistency in the second game. That win will give New Zealand plenty of confidence moving forward and some of their key players like Guptill, Southee, De Grandhomme and Sodhi will be buoyed by their good performances. That early loss has sparked a reaction from them and while England remain dangerous and competitive, the Black Caps may just kick on here and take a lead in this series.

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