The cricket world is abuzz with anticipation as the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 is set to kick off on October 5 with a thrilling encounter between England and New Zealand. This highly awaited rematch features the finalists from the 2019 World Cup, where England emerged victorious in a nail-biting contest.

Both England and New Zealand have a storied history in the world of cricket, making this opening match a must-watch for fans across the globe. The 2019 final between these two teams, which ended in a dramatic tie followed by a Super Over, is etched in cricketing folklore as one of the most exhilarating matches in the sport’s history.

England will be led by the dynamic Jos Buttler, who has been entrusted with the captaincy for this multi-team event. On the other side, New Zealand will miss the services of their regular skipper Kane Williamson, who will be unavailable for the opening match. In his absence, the responsibility of leading the Black Caps has fallen to the experienced Tom Latham.

Head-to-head record (in World Cups):

Total Matches: 10 | England won: 4 | New Zealand won: 5 | Tied: 01

Key players to watch out for:


Jos Buttler – A dynamic wicketkeeper-batter known for his explosive batting in limited-overs cricket, Buttler can change the game’s course with his aggressive stroke play and brilliant wicketkeeping skills.

Joe Root – Root is an accomplished English cricketer known for his exceptional skills in ODIs. As a stylish right-handed batter and occasional off-spin bowler, Root has consistently been a key player for the England cricket team. His ability to anchor the innings while playing elegant strokes makes him a vital asset in the 50-over format.

Adil Rashid – England’s premier leg-spinner, Rashid has the knack of taking wickets in the middle overs. His variations and control make him a potent force in white-ball cricket.

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New Zealand:

Devon Conway – A stylish left-handed batter, Conway burst onto the scene with his consistent performances. His ability to adapt to different formats and anchor the innings makes him a key player for New Zealand.

Daryl Mitchell – Star all-rounder, Mitchell provides balance to the team with both his medium-pace bowling and aggressive batting. He can be a game-changer on his day.

Trent Boult – New Zealand’s premier fast bowler, Boult is known for his lethal swing and ability to strike early in the innings. His experience and skill makes him a formidable force in the bowling department.

Match Prediction:

Case 1

  • England wins the toss and bowls first
  • Powerplay score: 40-50
  • New Zealand total: 270-290

Case 2

  • New Zealand wins the toss and bowls first
  • Powerplay score: 45-55
  • England total: 280-300

Team batting second to win the contest.


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

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitch Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Will Young

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