England v New Zealand, 2nd NatWest ODI, Ageas Bowl June 1, 2013

England stick to masterplan

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Match Facts

June 2, 2013
Start time 10.45am (0945 GMT)

The Big Picture

Like a confident election campaign team beginning to get wind of some worrying exit poll data, England are experiencing a few pre-Champions Trophy jitters. Having glided serenely towards this year's limited-overs centrepiece with their Bank of England top three, middle-order pocket rockets and specialist seam-and-swing attack blueprint firmly in place, there is just a hint of disquiet. And not only because defeat to New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl would mean a first ODI series loss at home in almost four years.

Injury deprived England of Kevin Pietersen several weeks ago - providing grist to the mill of those who worry about their stolid approach early in the game, two new balls or otherwise, and the subsequent pressure that puts on the players to come - and "niggles" now hang ominously over two key members of the bowling attack, in Stuart Broad and Steven Finn. Chris Woakes, in particular, was treated dismissively by Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor at Lord's and the call-up for Boyd Rankin, who played his last ODI for Ireland in February 2012, might kindly be described as a gamble. Neither Rankin or Jade Dernbach are yet in the Champions Trophy mix but Alastair Cook was noticeably unwilling to make any guarantees on the fitness of Broad and Finn.

But one flutter of panic does not make an episode of Dad's Army and England will likely dust off those shiny new red uniforms and refocus on imposing their "skills" against New Zealand. Switching rapidly between formats can cause problems for everyone and while a one-day side largely familiar to each other through Test cricket can have its benefits, the challenge is for them all to go up in gear together. It seems unlikely that so many of the batsmen will get in and not go on again. England came from behind to win the ODIs against the same opponents earlier in the year and will undoubtedly be sharper down at the Ageas Bowl.

New Zealand's position is, by contrast, an enviable one. Unfancied for the tournament to come and dogged by indifferent form over the last couple of years, Brendon McCullum was understandably excited by victory at Lord's (which maintained their unbeaten record in ODIs there) and what it augurs for his team. Guptill's return to form has been timed like the lofted six over long-on during his unbeaten century and the bowling attack demonstrated variety and skill. New Zealand are the only team other than Australia to win an ODI series in England in the last five years; they are in sight of a repeat.

Form guide

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Watch out for...

After Tim Bresnan was sent for elbow surgery over the winter, Chris Woakes was given an opportunity to audition for the No. 7 spot. He performed creditably in New Zealand and is a more accomplished batsman but doubts about whether he has the requisite level of control if the ball does not swing for him resurfaced at Lord's. He is considered by some to be a better red-ball prospect - and going at almost eight an over is certainly one way to confine your ambitions to a different format - but he should get another chance at the Ageas.

Luke Ronchi joined the ranks of dual internationals with his New Zealand debut on Friday, taking three catches in a tidy display behind the stumps. An aggressive, fast-scoring batsman, he has been tasked with opening the innings but got little opportunity to demonstrate his abilities thanks to a pearler from James Anderson that saw him off for a three-ball duck. Improving on that may not be too difficult but Ronchi has a further incentive to impress, having played locally in the Southern Electric Premier League for Bashley (Rydal) during the early part of his career.

Team news

Less than a week before the start of the Champions Trophy, England have some issues to ponder. Broad and Finn will be protected again and Bresnan remains on standby to leave for the birth of his child. After the struggles of Woakes and Dernbach at Lord's, uncertainty stalks the replacements bench. Could Boyd Rankin - valued for his height, which differentiates him from the other fit bowlers in the squad - make a surprise England debut? Will Woakes' batting keep him at No. 7, despite a rank display with the ball? Is a two-spinner policy conceivable? Might Ravi Bopara make yet another comeback? Unlikely. But the announcement at the toss will be interesting.

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

Daniel Vettori's continuing fitness woes mean that Nathan McCullum will again shoulder the spinning duties - a job he proved more than up to at Lord's, taking 2 for 34. Aside from two top-order failures and Brendon McCullum's continuing search for form with the bat, most of the XI that won at Lord's made contributions of some sort so an unchanged side seems likely.

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

Pitch and conditions

The pitches in Southampton can be on the slow side but internationals are usually blessed with a true surface to bat on; barring one rain-affected match, you have to go back to 2004 to find an ODI in which there was not an individual century scored on either side. A sunny forecast means minimal assistance for the seamers.

Stats and trivia

  • New Zealand's only previous visit to the Ageas (formerly Rose) Bowl came during the 2004 NatWest series*. The match, against West Indies, was abandoned without a ball bowled.

  • Ian Bell has made two of his three ODI hundreds at the ground: 126 on both occasions, against India and West Indies.

  • New Zealand have won six of their last seven completed ODIs against England in England.

  • James Anderson needs three wickets to overtake Darren Gough as England's most successful one-day bowler.

Quotes

"The signal? It's that [baby in arms] from the balcony. Then I'll drop my shopping and hope I've bowled my ten overs, then sprint off, jump in the car with my spikes on."
Tim Bresnan on what happens if his wife goes into labour during the match

"When you lose two tall bowlers you want to replace them with another tall bowler."
Alastair Cook explains England's deceptively simple selection strategy

"South Africa was quite similar, we came off some tough Test defeats, then we rocked up and won the first game. We're a very confident one-day team and it was a satisfying win."
Grant Elliott on New Zealand's belief in the shorter formats

*June 1, 20.30 GMT: The original said the match was part of the Champions Trophy. This has been corrected.

Alan Gardner is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • jmcilhinney on June 2, 2013, 1:52 GMT

    England certainly need to lift after a lacklustre performance in game 1. NZ made a bit of a meal of their reply but they were never really in any trouble after an excellent bowling performance. Many of England's batsmen contributed to their own downfall but they did so in trying to manufacture something after being tied down by very good bowling, so NZ earned those wickets. Obviously England started well with the ball but, unlike NZ, they were consistent throughout the whole attack. I doubt too many people were surprised that Dernbach was expensive. His figures weren't too bad in the end but then NZ didn't need to many runs and it was his being expensive early that was part of the problem for England. Woakes was a big disappointment too though. Many say that he is a better red ball bowler than white but he needs a more consistent line and length either way. I think that he's worth persisting with to see if that was an aberration. Anderson was excellent; Swann and Bresnan were good.

  • Hammond on June 3, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    @jmcilhinney- I actually don't see it as an excuse more of a reason why England have never won an international 50 over tournament. The ECB doesn't prioritise it, they know that the main interest is in test cricket and more exclusively ashes test cricket. England fans won't bat an eyelid if England doesn't even make the knockout stage of the CT, they will just be happy that none of the bowlers injured themselves with a home ashes series looming. You know this is the truth.

  • jmcilhinney on June 2, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    @Geoffrey Anthony Plumridge on (June 2, 2013, 8:28 GMT), that's a convenient excuse for some England fans. Test cricket is undoubtedly the priority for the ECB but they are also undoubtedly keen to improve their limited-overs results. They've done fairly well in ODIs for a while now too. Since the last WC, the only really bad result they've had was that 0-5 in India. Their last series in India was 2-3 loss but that's not too bad in the subcontinent and they've won every other series other than a rain-affected draw against SA. I don't see them dominating but still a good team and anyone could win this CT.

  • on June 2, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    I recall the old swipes about the Samoan Rugby team, one of which was to describe them as NZ B or NZ C. With the inclusion of Rankin, Ireland is beginning to look like England B.

  • Patchmaster on June 2, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Trott scores so slowly, it puts too much pressure on the other batsmen. I genuinelly believe that he just ins't a team player he's a stats man, and wants to preserve his average. Then it's down to others to have to die swinging and wreck their averages at the end.

  • on June 2, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    @xylo- I totally agree with you, however I don't think either of the short forms of the game concern the ECB in the slightest. I've been following England now since 2003 and I've written both shorter forms of the game off.

  • xylo on June 2, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    I think if anything, England are the underdogs when it comes to the shorter version of the game.

  • JG2704 on June 2, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    @Colm Mooney on (June 1, 2013, 20:12 GMT) So Ireland have never done similar in cricket or any other sports no? I seem to remember over half )literally) of the Jack Charlton football squad from the 90s were not born in Ireland. I think qualification was that you had to have drunk a pint of Guiness in the previous 3 years. Also I notice that Tim Murtagh played for you the other day on the - qualifying by having an Irish granddad. So you're happy to accept the situation when the boot's on the other foot?

  • virendra_s on June 2, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    Byod Rankin should play for Ireland ... He should have seen the way ireland played against Pakistan. Had he be in the team Ireland would have won the series .

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on June 2, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    As everyone knows , without KP this team seems to lack any flair. he is the only player in England team who can change the dynamics of game with his brilliant stroke play. guys like bairstow and morgan are good , but not quiet in KP class.

  • jmcilhinney on June 2, 2013, 1:52 GMT

    England certainly need to lift after a lacklustre performance in game 1. NZ made a bit of a meal of their reply but they were never really in any trouble after an excellent bowling performance. Many of England's batsmen contributed to their own downfall but they did so in trying to manufacture something after being tied down by very good bowling, so NZ earned those wickets. Obviously England started well with the ball but, unlike NZ, they were consistent throughout the whole attack. I doubt too many people were surprised that Dernbach was expensive. His figures weren't too bad in the end but then NZ didn't need to many runs and it was his being expensive early that was part of the problem for England. Woakes was a big disappointment too though. Many say that he is a better red ball bowler than white but he needs a more consistent line and length either way. I think that he's worth persisting with to see if that was an aberration. Anderson was excellent; Swann and Bresnan were good.

  • Hammond on June 3, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    @jmcilhinney- I actually don't see it as an excuse more of a reason why England have never won an international 50 over tournament. The ECB doesn't prioritise it, they know that the main interest is in test cricket and more exclusively ashes test cricket. England fans won't bat an eyelid if England doesn't even make the knockout stage of the CT, they will just be happy that none of the bowlers injured themselves with a home ashes series looming. You know this is the truth.

  • jmcilhinney on June 2, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    @Geoffrey Anthony Plumridge on (June 2, 2013, 8:28 GMT), that's a convenient excuse for some England fans. Test cricket is undoubtedly the priority for the ECB but they are also undoubtedly keen to improve their limited-overs results. They've done fairly well in ODIs for a while now too. Since the last WC, the only really bad result they've had was that 0-5 in India. Their last series in India was 2-3 loss but that's not too bad in the subcontinent and they've won every other series other than a rain-affected draw against SA. I don't see them dominating but still a good team and anyone could win this CT.

  • on June 2, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    I recall the old swipes about the Samoan Rugby team, one of which was to describe them as NZ B or NZ C. With the inclusion of Rankin, Ireland is beginning to look like England B.

  • Patchmaster on June 2, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Trott scores so slowly, it puts too much pressure on the other batsmen. I genuinelly believe that he just ins't a team player he's a stats man, and wants to preserve his average. Then it's down to others to have to die swinging and wreck their averages at the end.

  • on June 2, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    @xylo- I totally agree with you, however I don't think either of the short forms of the game concern the ECB in the slightest. I've been following England now since 2003 and I've written both shorter forms of the game off.

  • xylo on June 2, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    I think if anything, England are the underdogs when it comes to the shorter version of the game.

  • JG2704 on June 2, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    @Colm Mooney on (June 1, 2013, 20:12 GMT) So Ireland have never done similar in cricket or any other sports no? I seem to remember over half )literally) of the Jack Charlton football squad from the 90s were not born in Ireland. I think qualification was that you had to have drunk a pint of Guiness in the previous 3 years. Also I notice that Tim Murtagh played for you the other day on the - qualifying by having an Irish granddad. So you're happy to accept the situation when the boot's on the other foot?

  • virendra_s on June 2, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    Byod Rankin should play for Ireland ... He should have seen the way ireland played against Pakistan. Had he be in the team Ireland would have won the series .

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on June 2, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    As everyone knows , without KP this team seems to lack any flair. he is the only player in England team who can change the dynamics of game with his brilliant stroke play. guys like bairstow and morgan are good , but not quiet in KP class.

  • VillageBlacksmith on June 2, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    @colmmooney... I totally accept and agree re yr point, but I guess ''associate'' players etc will always want to play for a ''larger'' team & to a larger audience, (not just Eng obv) and, assuming they have qualified for selection it wd be restraint of trade (amongst more sinister other things) to stop them playing for the country they qualified for just because of where they come from... So we are stuck with it!

  • Akshita29 on June 2, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    Yeah that jersey looks very funny .And I still don't understand why England don't give Hales a go at the top . I don't know much about is domestic performance but whatever little I have seen in T20 cricket he looks like a good prospect for ODI cricket ....

  • Master_Mihil on June 2, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    Support for the underdog!! Support for the NZ!!!

  • dalboy12 on June 2, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    @jmcilhinney I agree its interesting how teams (esp..England), seem to hold back at the start nowadays. During the commentary of the 1st match they were blaming the use of two new balls. But your point of only having one bite of the cherry is a good one. NZ on the other hand do have Ronchi up the order, as a get going batsman - not that it worked out at all in the last match. It will be interesting to see the approach of different teams during the CT, especially teams batting first, as to how they approach the first 10 overs. I reckon Watson, Dishan, Gayle etc will still go for it.

  • jmcilhinney on June 2, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    @jmcilhinney on (June 2, 2013, 1:52 GMT), I meant to say that, unlike NZ, England were NOT consistent throughout there entire bowling attack.

  • jmcilhinney on June 2, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    No plan is going to work every time, especially when the opposition play very well, but I think we saw the weakness in England's approach in game 1. They like to start steadily, keep wickets in hand and attack hard later on. That's great when it comes off but it tends to only give them one bite at the cherry. Even if the top order do fairly well, if the finishers fall cheaply then the platform that's been built goes wasted. If they are unable to keep wickets in hand early then the finishers have the responsibility of performing both roles. At least if you are a bit more positive early on then, even if you lose wickets, you've got something to show for it. Like I said, no plan is going to work every time and every team will lose wickets and lose games no matter their approach. Despite what Cpt.Meanster might say, England have actually done fairly well in ODIs lately. Their approach has helped them improve but I feel like it won't let them take the next step and dominate.

  • mikriket on June 2, 2013, 0:59 GMT

    Have no doubt, when England's better bowlers come back, NZ's batting will fold up like a white sheet-For this particular game, it is to be hoped that as McCullum makes a reasonable score about every fifth innings, this will be the one

  • Jeppo on June 2, 2013, 0:13 GMT

    I'm surprised Graham Onions wasn't picked instead of Boyd Rankin, judging by the fine performances he has made recently for Durham. Mr. Rankin's performances on the other hand has been so-so. It makes me wonder if Ashley Giles chose him ahead of Mr. Onions because he plays for Warwickshire...

  • RednWhiteArmy on June 1, 2013, 23:58 GMT

    @Colm Mooney The rules are the same for everyone mate. Id stop your whinging.

  • Bring_back_Wright on June 1, 2013, 23:24 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster - do you really think anyone cares that you don't 'appreciate' the series, particularly as your team isn't involved? As a NZer, I would much rather see my team play against another top team in a competitive series, rather than some meaningless warm- up match.

  • Lmaotsetung on June 1, 2013, 23:01 GMT

    Btw I blame the horrible jerseys for the defeat. England in red...ARE YOU SERIOUS?

  • Lmaotsetung on June 1, 2013, 22:59 GMT

    Nothing brings a smile to my face more than seeing Cpt.Meanster trying to rile up England fans in an article that has nothing to do with his favorite team. Must be quite an obsession cause you won't find me or most other England fans commenting on other team but our own.

  • kiwicricketnut on June 1, 2013, 22:36 GMT

    Wheres wright for you fellas, he was one of your better bowlers in nz and pretty good with the bat, he would be perfect at 7 for you to close out an innings and a very handy bowling option, head and shoulders above this woakes guy, he must be injured otherwise its a no brainer. If nz pull it off tonight it will be a massive boost going into the champions trophy especially since it is probably the weakest odi team for nz since the early to mid 90's.

  • phermon on June 1, 2013, 21:22 GMT

    Much as i am very grateful to the existing OD coaching team - I think they should import someone with a little swagger and flair - Sir Meathead Beefy-Gower comes to mind - and bring in Prior as opener and Captain, so the Chef can whisk up a storm in the middle order. Cheers PS Probably nothing wrong with the Master Plan if everyone is in top form under leaden skies!

  • 2.14istherunrate on June 1, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    Far from these ODI's being a waste of time my take is that these games are far more use than mere warm up games and are there because NZ are the first tourists of the summer.Further my take is that we are ok at ODI cricket overall,and very good at home. So another side won a game. Big deal.They are not idiots at all and it was the batting which failed more than the bowling even though two main bowlers were missing. Sorry to be pedantic but some times it is boring to read rubbish-eg Capt Meanster.As for the CT NZ will do okay as usual.

  • yorkshirematt on June 1, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster I accept we're generally appalling in tournaments but if you include 92 what about the 2004 CT final we lost and of course the WT20 in 2010 which we WON. Surprised you forgot that as it's your favourite format!

  • JG2704 on June 1, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    Funny how the preview of this ODI so far has 2 comms and the thread on Boyd's call up has over 40. I agree with a fellow commentor who said he believed Broad and Finn weren't injured and were just being rested. While I think we do overrest players , I think it's sensible to rest some of the guys who play all formats (esp the bowlers who are more prone to strain injuries) , but I hope they play the last ODI.

  • on June 1, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    So England's ODI side tomorrow will have two Irish born players in it, and two ex associate players. Congratulations to the ECB and the ICC for protecting the smaller nations.

    It's good to see a governing body who helps grow the game for the smaller sides :/

  • Neela80 on June 1, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Its good to see England Stick to "Master Plan"...but they might not want to stick to their ODI Outfit...Wish they would have gone a touch darker with a similar cap.Hope they change it for next world cup.

  • Cpt.Meanster on June 1, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    The England ODI side is an embarrassment to their fans. They have not done anything to improve in ODI cricket and it looks that trend will continue for many more years. They are playing at home in the upcoming Champions Trophy and they would do good to at least progress to the semi finals which is highly unlikely given their poor record in ICC tournaments (except the 1992 WC final) overall. NZ on the other hand will punch heavily above their weight. They have some really good players who can stick it up when needed. Honestly, I really don't appreciate this meaningless series when both these teams could be playing other teams as warm up for the main course.

  • hhillbumper on June 1, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    heres a master plan.Drop Dernbach. I mean his stock delivery gets belted to the boundary and so does his change up.Pretty much he is such a poor bowler that I had to check if he was an Aussie

  • chilled_avenger on June 1, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    @Cricinfo The New Zealand-West Indies match that got washed out was during Nat West Series and not Champions Trophy. These two teams did not face each other during Champions Trophy 2004. Please correct the mistake.

  • jackthelad on June 1, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    Masterplan? England went into the first ODI with just two international-class bowlers, and acted as if they only had to turn up to win. They thoroughly deserved to be beaten (well beaten) but I doubt if this will impinge upon Flower's and Cook's ingrained inability to alter tactics to suit situations.

  • jackthelad on June 1, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    Masterplan? England went into the first ODI with just two international-class bowlers, and acted as if they only had to turn up to win. They thoroughly deserved to be beaten (well beaten) but I doubt if this will impinge upon Flower's and Cook's ingrained inability to alter tactics to suit situations.

  • chilled_avenger on June 1, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    @Cricinfo The New Zealand-West Indies match that got washed out was during Nat West Series and not Champions Trophy. These two teams did not face each other during Champions Trophy 2004. Please correct the mistake.

  • hhillbumper on June 1, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    heres a master plan.Drop Dernbach. I mean his stock delivery gets belted to the boundary and so does his change up.Pretty much he is such a poor bowler that I had to check if he was an Aussie

  • Cpt.Meanster on June 1, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    The England ODI side is an embarrassment to their fans. They have not done anything to improve in ODI cricket and it looks that trend will continue for many more years. They are playing at home in the upcoming Champions Trophy and they would do good to at least progress to the semi finals which is highly unlikely given their poor record in ICC tournaments (except the 1992 WC final) overall. NZ on the other hand will punch heavily above their weight. They have some really good players who can stick it up when needed. Honestly, I really don't appreciate this meaningless series when both these teams could be playing other teams as warm up for the main course.

  • Neela80 on June 1, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Its good to see England Stick to "Master Plan"...but they might not want to stick to their ODI Outfit...Wish they would have gone a touch darker with a similar cap.Hope they change it for next world cup.

  • on June 1, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    So England's ODI side tomorrow will have two Irish born players in it, and two ex associate players. Congratulations to the ECB and the ICC for protecting the smaller nations.

    It's good to see a governing body who helps grow the game for the smaller sides :/

  • JG2704 on June 1, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    Funny how the preview of this ODI so far has 2 comms and the thread on Boyd's call up has over 40. I agree with a fellow commentor who said he believed Broad and Finn weren't injured and were just being rested. While I think we do overrest players , I think it's sensible to rest some of the guys who play all formats (esp the bowlers who are more prone to strain injuries) , but I hope they play the last ODI.

  • yorkshirematt on June 1, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster I accept we're generally appalling in tournaments but if you include 92 what about the 2004 CT final we lost and of course the WT20 in 2010 which we WON. Surprised you forgot that as it's your favourite format!

  • 2.14istherunrate on June 1, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    Far from these ODI's being a waste of time my take is that these games are far more use than mere warm up games and are there because NZ are the first tourists of the summer.Further my take is that we are ok at ODI cricket overall,and very good at home. So another side won a game. Big deal.They are not idiots at all and it was the batting which failed more than the bowling even though two main bowlers were missing. Sorry to be pedantic but some times it is boring to read rubbish-eg Capt Meanster.As for the CT NZ will do okay as usual.

  • phermon on June 1, 2013, 21:22 GMT

    Much as i am very grateful to the existing OD coaching team - I think they should import someone with a little swagger and flair - Sir Meathead Beefy-Gower comes to mind - and bring in Prior as opener and Captain, so the Chef can whisk up a storm in the middle order. Cheers PS Probably nothing wrong with the Master Plan if everyone is in top form under leaden skies!