New Zealand vs England – 5th T20 International Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is New Zealand vs England taking place? Sunday, November 10th (1am UK / 2pm NZ)

Where is New Zealand vs England taking place? Eden Park, Auckland

What is the expected weather for New Zealand vs England? 21c with a chance of rain affecting play

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 76 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ZEALAND

  • New Zealand lost heavily in the fourth T20 international against England in Napier as their bowling attack was smashed to all parts by an inspired Dawid Malan and Eoin Morgan and chasing a target of 242 was never realistically on the cards.
  • Despite the return of Trent Boult to the side after he was rested for the opening three matches, it was only him and Santner who had an economy rate of less than 11.75 as the rest of the bowlers struggled badly and it may be the bowling unit which sees some changes for this deciding match.
  • Daryl Mitchell offered very little with bat and ball while Sodhi and Tickner were also expensive so it would be no surprise to see all-rounders Scott Kuggeleijn and Jimmy Neesham come back into the fold for this final game.

ENGLAND

  • England bounced back from a couple of disappointing losses to hammer the Blackcaps in the fourth ODI by 76 runs to level the series after an outstanding batting display by Malan and Morgan which broke various records at player and team level.
  • Matt Parkinson was equally as key as Malan and Morgan as he took 4/47 from his four overs and the talented young leg-spinner will take great confidence from that performance, while Chris Jordan was quality throughout too.
  • While they made various rotations earlier in the series, Eoin Morgan’s men are unlikely to make any significant changes for this crunch decider unless they decide to bring experienced duo James Vince and Adil Rashid in.

THE PREDICTION

This has been a hugely competitive series between two quality sides and it all comes down to this final deciding match in Auckland. England will have plenty of confidence after the dominant display in Napier but the Blackcaps have shown plenty of character already in this series and are capable of fighting back. This figures to be another high-scoring game and whoever wins the toss will likely want to get 200+ on the board. The depth of England’s bowling gives them the edge over New Zealand whose all-rounders are generally weak with the ball. That may be what swings it in England’s favour in what should be another tight game.

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