England v New Zealand, 1st NatWest ODI, Lord's May 30, 2013

Not just a warm-up for familiar foes

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Match Facts

May 31, 2013
Start time 10.45am (0945 GMT)

The Big Picture

There is a Trophy to warm-up for and a trophy to win for England and New Zealand. While the other nations in the Champions Trophy prepare with ODIs against Associate nations or among themselves, these two sides have a fully-fledged one-day series to get them into gear for the next three weeks.

There won't be much they don't know about each other; this head-to-head began in early February and will not conclude until the end of next month with a couple of Twenty20s. They also, and potentially crucially, face each other in the group stage of the Champions Trophy so there is much to gain from these next three matches.

England emerged with the honours in New Zealand earlier this year despite losing the opening match in Hamilton. Ultimately, the pace bowling of James Anderson, Steven Finn and Stuart Broad proved too much for Brendon McCullum's side, although not without the captain trying his damndest to keep his team afloat. The series continued England's impressive run in one-day cricket; they've only lost two series - in India - since the 2011 World Cup.

At home, England have not been beaten in a series since losing 6-1 to Australia in 2009, and so will enter these three matches as favourites - a tag some are also giving them for the Champions Trophy. They have a settled side, although Kevin Pietersen is missing from their strongest set-up, and the only major debate revolves around the No. 7 spot.

New Zealand's lowly ranking of No. 8 reflects a poor run in one-day cricket since they reached the World Cup semi-final in 2011. There were signs of a revival with a notable victory against South Africa in their backyard, but the defeat to England at home was a setback. The batting order, which struggled in the Test series, retains many of the same faces and they will again be severely tested.

Form guide

(Most recent first)

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Watch out for...

England's merry-go-round of the one-day wicketkeeper has stopped with Jos Buttler holding on to the role. He is part of what should be a dynamic middle order with the aim that they will be able to take advantage of platforms laid by a more traditional top three than used by some teams. Buttler's strokeplay can be breathtaking - and at times unbelievable - although he has yet to be tested over an extended innings at this level. His wicketkeeping is improving, but the challenge will come standing up to Graeme Swann and perhaps Ravi Bopara.

New Zealand are not short of lively fast-medium seamers of the left-arm variety. Mitchell McClenaghan has been sidelined since early in the England one-day series in New Zealand after some stirring performances against South Africa. Taller than the injured Trent Boult, he is a hit-the-deck bowler although he does have the ability to find swing. The white ball, in England, should be to his liking. Alastair Cook will need to watch out.

Team news

In the absence of Pietersen, Joe Root will continue in the middle order although it's difficult to believe he would have been forced aside even if Pietersen had been available. There may be a degree of flexibility about England's four, five and six depending on the state of the innings. The allrounder at No. 7 remains a question mark; Tim Bresnan would be the strongest bowling option although his wife will have a say in team selection when she gives birth. Jade Dernbach has been added as cover, but it would make sense to give other Champions Trophy squad members a game if Bresnan was unavailable.

England (probable) 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Ian Bell, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Joe Root, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Tim Bresnan, 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 James Anderson, 11 Steven Finn

There will be a bit of shuffling in New Zeland's order and some fresh faces. Luke Ronchi will make his (second) ODI debut - having already played for Australia - as an opening batsman and wicketkeeper. Daniel Vettori and Kyle Mills add a wealth of experience to the line-up.

New Zealand (probable) 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Luke Ronchi, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Grant Elliott, 6 Brendon McCullum (capt)*, 7 Nathan McCullum, 8 Daniel Vettori, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Kyle Mills, 11 Mitchell McClenaghan

Pitch and conditions

Lord's ODI pitches are generally good for batting although the recent poor weather may mean some early life for the pace bowlers. During the recent Test, the outfield was on the slow side, which reduced the value for shots. The forecast for the day is fine.

Stats and trivia

  • The previous series between these two teams in England was a feisty affair with New Zealand emerging 3-1, a result mostly remembered for heated scenes at The Oval when Paul Collingwood controversially ran out Grant Elliott.

  • This is only the second bilateral one-day series between the teams in England since 1994. In 1999 there was the World Cup and in 2004 a triangular series with West Indies.

  • Stuart Broad's current strike-rate of 32.20 places him eighth among bowlers with more than 150 ODI wickets

Quotes

"We've got three games here in this very important series, then the Champions Trophy and we want to win as many of those games as possible. Winning breeds confidence and any time you have recent success over an opposition you take confidence."
Alastair Cook talks about momentum

"From a bowling perspective, I feel fine. That's the main thing they want out of me. It's got to the point now of getting the body right, I hope, without making too many predictions on the future."
Daniel Vettori is keen to get back into action

* May 31 8.00am GMT Ross Taylor had incorrectly been mentioned as New Zealand captain. This has been corrected.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • landl47 on May 30, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    I think this is the ideal preparation for the Champions Trophy (whether the Champions Trophy is worthwhile is another matter). Instead of playing pointless friendlies, England and New Zealand have a real series to contest, one where the results will count towards standings and averages. The players will be trying, not thinking it doesn't matter, and that's the way to prepare for a tournament.

    NZ will bring a lot of fresh bodies to give the side some enthusiasm after being well beaten in the tests, though I'm at a loss to know why Rutherford isn't in the side. England has a settled and solid squad; personally I wouldn't be at all unhappy to see Bopara at #7. He's an economical one-day bowler, batting lower in the order would suit him and Eng need an extra batsman. However, Bresnan's the better bowler although he needs to find some form with the bat.

    The series in NZ was entertaining and I'm looking for this to be the same.

  • Jordanious77 on May 30, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    I don't understand why people seem to be so upset about this ODI series.

    This series is in no way pointless... Cricket is Cricket, and every match is important! I watch every single international match any team will play with wide eyes and a grin because i love cricket! i'll always enjoy watching it. I don't understand the negativity.

    Also, NZ need wins to move up the rankings (something McCullum has made obvious he strongly wants) And this is another oppertunity for NZ to prove it has what it takes.

    Not to mention that theres a majoy ICC tournmant next week!! the practice will be vital.

    I for one can't wait to see how the NZ ODI team preform considering they're a completely different team. Im also really looking forward to seeing how McClenaghan goes in English conditions.

    PS. i don't think NZ will play 3 spin bowlers (possible team naming). I believe Vettori may miss out at the expense of another batsman/allrounder

  • LEGEND_KILLAS on May 31, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    there is no difference in have 3 game series and having 3 warm matches before the Champions Trophy, so many people love to moan too much

  • on May 31, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    Quick question to anyone in the know... Why does Luke Wright have no look-in on the English ODI squad? HE can be a massive game-changer... at least I can say that I'm happy he isn't playing ,being a kiwi. Good to see Vettori and McClenaghan back in the mix, the former especially, been such a long time since he played in any format!

  • on May 31, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Well balanced NZ team should give england a run for its money,hoping 2-1 to nz

  • Herbet on May 31, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    I don't agree with players who have represented one country being allowed to play for another. I'm referring to Ronchi here obviously. Once you have played at U19 level for any of the test playing nations then you have made your choice as far as I am concerned. Obviously, its a little complicated with associate nations, but ideally the same would apply to them too, it least it would prevent Irelands talent drain and quicken their step up to test level.

  • on May 31, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    Where is JAMES FRANKLIN and JACOB ORAM?

    They're not in as they've both been terrible lately, not contributing with either the ball or that bat.

  • yorkshirematt on May 31, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    @severe critic. Fiery Fred was at least as good as Hadlee, although I suppose you're right as anyone up ere will tell you he was Yorkshire not english!

  • DangerousDave111 on May 31, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    James Franklin is in the squad.

    It's a pretty good NZ side, Mitchell McClenaghan is gonna be a great ODI bowler for NZ and Tim Southee just keeps going from strength to strength

  • Priyavrat96 on May 31, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    Where is JAMES FRANKLIN and JACOB ORAM? They are highly experienced players.They should have included in the series as well as for champions trophy.

  • landl47 on May 30, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    I think this is the ideal preparation for the Champions Trophy (whether the Champions Trophy is worthwhile is another matter). Instead of playing pointless friendlies, England and New Zealand have a real series to contest, one where the results will count towards standings and averages. The players will be trying, not thinking it doesn't matter, and that's the way to prepare for a tournament.

    NZ will bring a lot of fresh bodies to give the side some enthusiasm after being well beaten in the tests, though I'm at a loss to know why Rutherford isn't in the side. England has a settled and solid squad; personally I wouldn't be at all unhappy to see Bopara at #7. He's an economical one-day bowler, batting lower in the order would suit him and Eng need an extra batsman. However, Bresnan's the better bowler although he needs to find some form with the bat.

    The series in NZ was entertaining and I'm looking for this to be the same.

  • Jordanious77 on May 30, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    I don't understand why people seem to be so upset about this ODI series.

    This series is in no way pointless... Cricket is Cricket, and every match is important! I watch every single international match any team will play with wide eyes and a grin because i love cricket! i'll always enjoy watching it. I don't understand the negativity.

    Also, NZ need wins to move up the rankings (something McCullum has made obvious he strongly wants) And this is another oppertunity for NZ to prove it has what it takes.

    Not to mention that theres a majoy ICC tournmant next week!! the practice will be vital.

    I for one can't wait to see how the NZ ODI team preform considering they're a completely different team. Im also really looking forward to seeing how McClenaghan goes in English conditions.

    PS. i don't think NZ will play 3 spin bowlers (possible team naming). I believe Vettori may miss out at the expense of another batsman/allrounder

  • LEGEND_KILLAS on May 31, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    there is no difference in have 3 game series and having 3 warm matches before the Champions Trophy, so many people love to moan too much

  • on May 31, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    Quick question to anyone in the know... Why does Luke Wright have no look-in on the English ODI squad? HE can be a massive game-changer... at least I can say that I'm happy he isn't playing ,being a kiwi. Good to see Vettori and McClenaghan back in the mix, the former especially, been such a long time since he played in any format!

  • on May 31, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Well balanced NZ team should give england a run for its money,hoping 2-1 to nz

  • Herbet on May 31, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    I don't agree with players who have represented one country being allowed to play for another. I'm referring to Ronchi here obviously. Once you have played at U19 level for any of the test playing nations then you have made your choice as far as I am concerned. Obviously, its a little complicated with associate nations, but ideally the same would apply to them too, it least it would prevent Irelands talent drain and quicken their step up to test level.

  • on May 31, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    Where is JAMES FRANKLIN and JACOB ORAM?

    They're not in as they've both been terrible lately, not contributing with either the ball or that bat.

  • yorkshirematt on May 31, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    @severe critic. Fiery Fred was at least as good as Hadlee, although I suppose you're right as anyone up ere will tell you he was Yorkshire not english!

  • DangerousDave111 on May 31, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    James Franklin is in the squad.

    It's a pretty good NZ side, Mitchell McClenaghan is gonna be a great ODI bowler for NZ and Tim Southee just keeps going from strength to strength

  • Priyavrat96 on May 31, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    Where is JAMES FRANKLIN and JACOB ORAM? They are highly experienced players.They should have included in the series as well as for champions trophy.

  • on May 31, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    A fit again Daniel Vettori can make a significant difference to that New Zealand side. He offers great control with the ball, and is quite handy with the bat. So if the seamers keep the England top order relatively quiet, it won't be easy to step up in the middle overs as Vettori will be in charge for half of those.

  • thissportinglife on May 31, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    Ross Taylor will NOT be the captain, Andrew's typed that out incorrectly!

  • Mageplayer on May 31, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    Is Ross Taylor going to captain??

  • on May 31, 2013, 1:45 GMT

    @severe.critic. You must be talking about Hadlee? You must think number of wickets defines a good bowler. In terms of average or strike rate, however, Bond was better than Hadlee. But then, so were about 20 English bowlers. For example Tyson and Trueman. Not knocking Hadlee ... Extraordinary all-round cricketer and extraordinarily fit, and single-minded: which accounts for all those wickets. Only wish Bond had been so blessed. Loved watching him bowl. Why did Fred retire? Anyone know?

  • PranayC on May 31, 2013, 1:41 GMT

    Luke Ronchi's Cricinfo profile needs some updating.

  • on May 31, 2013, 1:24 GMT

    Ross Taylor is captain... ?

  • ghost_of_len_hutton on May 31, 2013, 0:40 GMT

    Gee, Randy Oz, I'm beginning to think you're biased. Say it isn't so!

  • jakibonham on May 31, 2013, 0:25 GMT

    @EnglishCricket - "hardly any interest in the sport"..? I doubt you've been to NZ, but it's the main summer game over here, and 3rd overall behind Rugby and League. I also take offense to you saying we're not worth investing in. The England team 10 years ago was not worth investing in, my friend. They got beaten by everyone.

  • 2.14istherunrate on May 30, 2013, 23:49 GMT

    To me this is a normal meaningful ODI series and a good one to win.I expect 2-1 realistically. I am glad Vettori is back for these games. @randyoz-I await the performance of the UNunited XI in the Champions Trophy with interest, and even more in the Ashes.I hope we can add 'sackcloth ' to your woes. BTW we were 5-1 ahead of you guys in Imdia. Counjtdown to the CT is on.C u then.

  • Blah_Wobb on May 30, 2013, 23:45 GMT

    Oh, Ross Taylor is captain again. They kept that quiet. :)

  • dalboy12 on May 30, 2013, 22:47 GMT

    So tonight again this NZ fan will sit up late and watch at least the start of the cricket. There is hope that NZ will perform and do what they did in SA and come back to win the ODI series. But then again, I'm a NZ fan, so there is also that nagging fear that our batsman will struggle to score 100. Let's go NZ --- score some runs and win some games.

  • JG2704 on May 30, 2013, 22:04 GMT

    Re batting , I'm genuinely wondering if KP might find it hard to get back in the ODI side. I'm not saying he shouldn't get back in but I can't see who they'd drop? Re the batting order , I hope they are flexible but doubt it very much. I know Nasser (maybe Knight too) says he wants to see the best/most dangerous batsmen in earlier and always cites Morgan as the man. Right now on current form (and as a Somerset fan without wanting to tempt fate), I think that man is Buttler and he should be brought up the order if we don't lose early wickets. I really hope he can translate his domestic shorter format form onto the world stage. I genuinely don't think there's a batsman out there who has such a range of shots

  • JG2704 on May 30, 2013, 22:04 GMT

    Re the game/series itself and indeed the ODI side for the champions trophy - I think 10 of the 11 names are nailed on. So the number 7 spot is the only one up for grabs. If Bopara was bowling (in this format) like he did last year I'd be tempted to give it to him because he offers something different with the ball. However I'm not sure his shorter formats bowling form is so good right now. Regardless , he should not bat above anyone in the top 6. You then have the 2 medium fast options in Woakes and Bresnan which I think they'll end up going with or the twin spin attack - adding Tredwell (who has rarely lust us down). Maybe they could try all 3 (possibly playing Bres and Woakes in the same side and resting Jim or Stu?

  • JG2704 on May 30, 2013, 22:04 GMT

    @stumpedlloyd on (May 30, 2013, 18:52 GMT) to be fair to our Australian expert you can't really compare test form to ODI form so you'd really have to go back to the last ODI series between the 2 sides for a truer reflection

  • Jeppo on May 30, 2013, 21:59 GMT

    This will be an interesting battle. Despite the recent run of results, I don't think the average Englishman would be as confident of victory in the one-day scene as they are in the test arena. Still, according to the ICC rankings, England are closer to South Africa in one-day cricket than they are in tests.

    Also as we have seen in the test series - New Zealand have shown that they can contest matches. Their major weakness is that they can't sustain their performances over a long period of time, as shown by their collapse in the second innings at Lord's. That's less of a factor in ODIs, so I think this will be a fairly close contest.

  • pearsadread on May 30, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    How could the One day series be meaningless ,I just don't understand .Some people are just soo miserable,not happ,y always criticizing.Please Keep the negative people away from this page..Now bring the games on!!!!!!!!!!

  • SevereCritic on May 30, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    @EnglishCricket - and yet, despite the low population and poor popularity of the sports in the country, New Zealand has managed to produce a fast bowler who was better than any England has ever produced.

  • EnglishCricket on May 30, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    New Zealand is a waste in Cricket. A country with an extremely small population hardly any interest in the sport is not worth investing.

  • stumpedlloyd on May 30, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    @RandyOZ, I realize you're an ardent Aussie fan, but if England is really as bad as you say they are, kindly remind me again how the most recent series in India ended for England and Australia. If memory serves, England won the test series, while India opened, what Americans like to fondly call, a can of whupass on Australia in every single test. When Nathan Lyon takes 10 at Headingley, get back to me.

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 30, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    WOW ! Isn't it meaningless to play an ODI series right before an ICC event ? This stupidity can ONLY happen in cricket. How about a one off 'friendly' instead ? You get to have some practice and in the end everybody goes home happy. Too many meaningless international games is killing the sport.

  • Narkovian on May 30, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    I agree with Cricket_is_unpopular. Another totally pointless ODI series........... Yawn. Oh dear. Sometimes less is more. One day ICC etc will learn this.

  • BRUTALANALYST on May 30, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Boult is big loss for NZ and neutral fans for this series and more importantly Champions trophy it's a great shame he's injured as he's easily the best left handed bowler to arrive since AAmer of Pakistan.

  • Captainman on May 30, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Pretty ridiculous of this 3 match ODI series considering these 2 teams just played each other in a 3 match ODI series a few months back and will be contesting again in the Champions Trophy. Just shows how unpopular Cricket is :)

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on May 30, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    The tests not a preview for the Ashes... The ODI's not a preview for the Champions Trophy... Running out of headlines are we?

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on May 30, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    The tests not a preview for the Ashes... The ODI's not a preview for the Champions Trophy... Running out of headlines are we?

  • Captainman on May 30, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Pretty ridiculous of this 3 match ODI series considering these 2 teams just played each other in a 3 match ODI series a few months back and will be contesting again in the Champions Trophy. Just shows how unpopular Cricket is :)

  • BRUTALANALYST on May 30, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Boult is big loss for NZ and neutral fans for this series and more importantly Champions trophy it's a great shame he's injured as he's easily the best left handed bowler to arrive since AAmer of Pakistan.

  • Narkovian on May 30, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    I agree with Cricket_is_unpopular. Another totally pointless ODI series........... Yawn. Oh dear. Sometimes less is more. One day ICC etc will learn this.

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 30, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    WOW ! Isn't it meaningless to play an ODI series right before an ICC event ? This stupidity can ONLY happen in cricket. How about a one off 'friendly' instead ? You get to have some practice and in the end everybody goes home happy. Too many meaningless international games is killing the sport.

  • stumpedlloyd on May 30, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    @RandyOZ, I realize you're an ardent Aussie fan, but if England is really as bad as you say they are, kindly remind me again how the most recent series in India ended for England and Australia. If memory serves, England won the test series, while India opened, what Americans like to fondly call, a can of whupass on Australia in every single test. When Nathan Lyon takes 10 at Headingley, get back to me.

  • EnglishCricket on May 30, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    New Zealand is a waste in Cricket. A country with an extremely small population hardly any interest in the sport is not worth investing.

  • SevereCritic on May 30, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    @EnglishCricket - and yet, despite the low population and poor popularity of the sports in the country, New Zealand has managed to produce a fast bowler who was better than any England has ever produced.

  • pearsadread on May 30, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    How could the One day series be meaningless ,I just don't understand .Some people are just soo miserable,not happ,y always criticizing.Please Keep the negative people away from this page..Now bring the games on!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jeppo on May 30, 2013, 21:59 GMT

    This will be an interesting battle. Despite the recent run of results, I don't think the average Englishman would be as confident of victory in the one-day scene as they are in the test arena. Still, according to the ICC rankings, England are closer to South Africa in one-day cricket than they are in tests.

    Also as we have seen in the test series - New Zealand have shown that they can contest matches. Their major weakness is that they can't sustain their performances over a long period of time, as shown by their collapse in the second innings at Lord's. That's less of a factor in ODIs, so I think this will be a fairly close contest.