NZ vs ENG Series 2015
England vs New Zealand T20 Prediction
If the world cup match between these two teams about three months back was any indicator English team was believed to be trumped by New Zealand. But here we are after the ODI series and England, in a closely fought series, won by 3-2.
It was deemed as the series between the ones who invented the game and the ones who are reinventing it. At the fag end of the series the ones who have invented the game have reinvented it by playing ruthless cricket. Just three months after the first round debacle in the world cup it is an incredible comeback by England.
Now is the time for one off T20 which is important in the context that World T 20 is less than a year away and both teams would like to use the limited international T 20 matches at their disposal.
England have not fared better in this format as they have lost nine of the last 12 T 20 international matches they played in the last one year. On rather surprising stat for New Zealand is they have won just four matches against England in this format of the twelve matches they have played against each other.
Team News for ENG vs NZ T20:
The squad for England remains pretty much the same with addition of two new names in the squad, James Vince and Reece Topley. While the star for England in the 5th ODI is expected to keep wickets instead of Jos Butler who is out nursing an injury.
Probable XI: 1. Jason Roy 2. Alex Hales 3. Joe Root 4. Eoin Morgan (c) 5. Ben Stokes 6. Jonathon Bairstow 7. Sam Billings 8. Adil Rashid 9. David Willey 10. Mark Wood 11. Steven Finn
Andrew Mathieson Mitchell Santner are likely to feature in their maiden T20I game when New Zealand and England lock horns.
Probable XI: 1. Martin Guptill 2. Brendon McCullum (c) 3. Kane Williamson 4. Ross Taylor 5. Grant Elliott 6. Mitchell Santner 7. Luke Ronchi 8. Matt Henry 9. Andrew Mathieson 10.Tim Southee 11. Mitchell McClenaghan
The Pitch Report for ENG vs NZ T20:
Match is to be played at Old Trafford and only three of the four games played here have produced full first innings while two have produced result. The score is 123-145-165.
Scores here in this season’s T 20 blast are 131-155-201-163.
ENG vs NZ T20 Prediction and Odds:
New Zealand is 1.84 to win the match and despite their aggressive approach the over dependence on Brendon McCullum to give them a good start could halt them. While England has been playing a different game and their players seem to be in better form we are backing England to win this one.