The cricketing world is abuzz with anticipation as England and New Zealand gear up for a thrilling 4-match ODI series, set to commence this Friday at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. The two cricketing powerhouses recently engaged in a nail-biting T20I series that culminated in a dramatic 2-2 draw. The Kiwis stormed back after facing defeats the first two T20Is, showcasing their resilience and prowess in the limited-overs format.

All eyes would be on England’s star Ben Stokes, who had earlier announced his retirement from ODIs, reversed his decision just ahead of the upcoming ODI World Cup in 2023. On the other hand, the Blackcaps are boosted by the return of their star bowler Trent Boult.

England vs New Zealand 2023, first ODI:

  • Date and Time: September 8; 12:30 pm local | 11:30 am GMT | 05:00 pm IST
  • Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Also READ: ENG vs NZ 2023, 1st ODI – Sophia Gardens Pitch report, Cardiff Weather Forecast, ODI Stats & Records

Sophia Gardens Pitch Report:

Sophia Gardens’ surface appears to favour batters, providing conditions which consistently leads to competitive matches, with an average first innings score of 220. Furthermore, teams batting second have often successfully pursued an average of 205 runs, showcasing the pitch’s consistency and reliability throughout the game.

ENG vs NZ Dream11 Prediction Picks:

  • Wicketkeepers: Jos Buttler, Tom Latham, Jonny Bairstow, Devon Conway
  • Batters: Ben Stokes, Harry Brook
  • All-rounders: Sam Curran, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner
  • Bowlers: Tim Southee, Adil Rashid

ENG vs NZ Dream11 Prediction Captain and Vice-Captain:

Choice 1: Jonny Bairstow (c), Tom Latham (vc)
Choice 2: Jos Buttler (c), Mitchell Santner (vc)

ENG vs NZ Dream11 Prediction Backups:

Joe Root, Trent Boult, Moeen Ali, Glenn Phillips

Also READ: ENG vs NZ 2023, ODI series: Broadcast, Live Streaming details – When and Where to Watch in India, Australia, USA, UK & other countries

ENG vs NZ Dream11 Team for today’s match (11:30 am GMT, 1st ODI):

(Screengrab: Dream11)


England: Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Jos Buttler (c and wk), Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Sam Curran, Reece Topley, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Brydon Carse, Gus Atkinson

New Zealand: Tom Latham (c and wk), Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Glenn Phillips, Finn Allen, Daryl Mitchell, Rachin Ravindra, Will Young, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Adam Milne

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