After the four-match T20I series that was full of thrills and spills eventually resulting in a 2-2 draw, New Zealand are all set to take on England in a 4-match ODI series, which is scheduled to start on September 8. It is a crucial series for both teams as the ODI World Cup 2023 is just standing on the door, and this series will bring in front the preparation levels of the defending champions, England, and the runner-ups of the CWC 2019, New Zealand.
New Zealand’s top-choice XI for the T20I series against England
Strong and consistent front line batting order
New Zealand boasts a formidable top-order batting lineup that promises fireworks and consistency. At the helm of this lineup stand two exceptionally talented and reliable batsmen: Will Young and Tom Blundell.
With his sound technique, Young anchors the innings at the top. Known for his calm demeanour and ability to construct an innings, he provides a solid foundation for the team. He’s not just a steady hand but also a versatile stroke-maker who can adapt to different conditions. Standing alongside Latham is Blundell, a left-handed maestro known for his aggressive stroke play. Blundell has earned a reputation for consistently delivering impactful performances in the ODI format. His ability to play both conventional and innovative shots makes him a genuine match-winner.
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Calm and composed middle order
Skipper Tom Latham and Devon Conway form the nucleus of New Zealand’s batting lineup, ensuring a strong platform for the middle order to build upon. A blend of traditional cricketing finesse and modern power-hitting characterizes their partnership at the middle. As the ODI series against England unfolds, these two accomplished batsmen are not just leaders but also the key pillars around which New Zealand’s strong upper and middle-order batting revolves.
Lethal bowling attack
The dangerous fast-bowling attack of New Zealand, comprising Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee and Trent Boult, is a big worry for the English side. Lockie Ferguson is known for his express pace and ability to generate bounce from a good length. His ability to bowl consistently over 150 kilometres per hour made him a valuable asset in limited-overs cricket, especially in ODIs.
Boult is one of New Zealand’s premier fast bowlers. He can move the ball both ways. Boult has been a mainstay in New Zealand’s bowling attack for years and is known for his ability to take early wickets with the new ball.
Southee is also known for his ability to swing the ball effectively and has been a key figure in New Zealand’s pace attack for a long time. These three could threaten the dominant English batting order on their home turf.
New Zealand’s squad for ODI series against England
Tom Latham (captain), Finn Allen, Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Will Young
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