England v New Zealand, 3rd NatWest ODI, Trent Bridge June 4, 2013

New Zealand aim for overseas whitewash

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Match Facts

June 5, 2013, Trent Bridge
Start time 2pm (1300 GMT)

The Big Picture

We knew New Zealand were a more competitive side in one-day cricket than in Tests but few would have gambled on the tourists having the series wrapped up with a match to play. The net result is New Zealand's stock has risen significantly and England's odds for the Champions Trophy are lengthening.

Alastair Cook is facing his first crisis as one-day captain, largely caused by injuries to Steven Finn and Stuart Broad. To call Jade Dernbach and Chris Woakes suitable replacements is generous. Dernbach has surely proved his isn't currently an international bowler and Woakes has failed to perform as many thought he might.

England are now at a crossroads with their bowling attack. They can stick with their seam-bowling plan and bring Boyd Rankin in and hope they have either Broad or Finn fit, or they change tack and utilise James Tredwell as a second spinner and Ravi Bopara to take pace off the ball. They must be mindful of likely conditions for the Champions Trophy when picking their side for the third ODI.

Their batting line-up was a little keen at the Ageas Bowl and England lost too many wickets that stymied partnerships which could have hurt New Zealand. A trend of batsman getting attractive 20s and 30s needs to be bucked. Jonathan Trott showed the way but England failed to bat around him.

New Zealand by contrast are in excellent shape with batsmen and bowlers in form and their side settled. Both efforts with the bat in this series have been textbook. Martin Guptill played two wonderfully controlled innings that allowed freedom for the dashing players down the order. However, an attack which takes pace off the ball would test the other skills of their boundary-hitters.

The New Zealand bowling has proved successful, too. Kyle Mills, Tim Southee and Mitchell McClenaghan have performed well with the new ball, Nathan McCullum has done a fine job as the spin option and once again Brendon McCullum has produced an innovative captain, his genius moment at the Ageas Bowl was the introduction of Grant Elliott. McCullum also sets a high standard in the field that his team have followed, out-fielding England at both Lord's and Southampton.

A dead rubber before a tournament gives both sides a chance to rest players - although McCullum has said his main thought is 3-0 - but England will be more concerned with rediscovering a winning formula after their Plan A was found to have a few flaws.

Form guide

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Watch out for...

Alastair Cook has enjoyed an untroubled reign so far as England one-day captain as the side steadily improved and touched No. 1 in the world. But he has arrived at the first mini-crisis. Cook is cast as operating only within tried-and-trusted methods but now team selection and tactics may need to become a little more inventive to shake England out of the malaise shown in the first two ODIs.

Tall, broad-shouldered and left-armed, Mitchell McClenaghan has enjoyed a tremendous start to his international career with 15 wickets at 18.73. He is a pacey, bouncy bowler who has taken to life in the New Zealand one-day side. He must have wondered what all the fuss was about having made his debut against South Africa in Paarl with the side at their lowest ebb of recent times. Since then, McClenaghan has been part of series wins in South Africa and now England and can look forward to a solid Champions Trophy campaign.

Team news

England have to make changes. There is no possible case to persist with Dernbach - the most expensive bowler in ODI history who has delivered 1000 balls. Rankin was drafted into the squad and, in a dead rubber, is worth handing a debut to. There is also a strong case to replace Woakes, who has failed to live up to his billing in 13 ODIs. Bopara could replace him in the allrounder's slot or Tredwell could play as a second spinner. England could also choose to rest Graeme Swann and James Anderson, especially if they have one or both of Broad and Finn available again.

England (possible) 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Ian Bell, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Joe Root, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Ravi Bopara, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 James Tredwell, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 Boyd Rankin

New Zealand, rather unexpectedly, have the luxury of a dead rubber but have already said that rotation for rotation sake won't happen. Tim Southee should return after being rested at the Ageas Bowl and workloads of others will be noted. Daniel Vettori is unlikely to be risked ahead of the Champions Trophy. The likes of Colin Munro and Ian Butler may have to wait.

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

Trent Bridge is traditionally a swing-bowler's ground and England will be hoping that proves the case if they maintain their Plan A. But the good weather could produce a wicket with plenty of runs in it again.

Stats and trivia

  • The last time England were whitewashed in an ODI series at home was in 2006 when Sri Lanka triumphed 5-0

  • New Zealand's last ODI series sweep was in 2007 when they beat Australia 3-0 (excluding series against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh).

  • All five of New Zealand's previous ODIs at Trent Bridge came during World Cups. They have won two and lost three, including defeat to England in 1975

Quotes

"What was impressive is that he always managed to find the right option at the right time."
Alastair Cook in praise of Martin Guptill's 189 at the Ageas Bowl.

"It's massively important to us to win this series 3-0. We don't want to go to the Champions Trophy after having lost a game. We want to keep the momentum going. Any winning team is a confident team and we want to carry that forward into the Champions Trophy."
Mitchell McClenaghan does want to lose intensity

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  • SameOld on June 5, 2013, 1:46 GMT

    Yep, NZ looking good at the moment, let's hope the trend continues. Nathan McCullum continues to impress, and I like spinners in his mould. The opposing batsmen clearly like the look of him, but for the most part just can't seem to get him away. It's fun to watch. Batting... Working nicely....? Phew, feels weird typing that out. A few runs for Ronchi today would be nice, I suppose. But otherwise, batting looks good.

    England should play Treadwell, unless they have some masterplan that involves not showing him to opposition batsmen too early. Could be worth a gamble to have NZ facing him for the first time in that last round match. Then again, if he takes a few wickets today, NZ are hardly going to be looking forward to seeing him during the tournament.The genuinely medium-paced Bopara could be a good pick too, as NZ are clearly enjoying the faster mediums right now.

  • gsingh7 on June 5, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    best batsman since bradmann--- cookie goes for grand zero. continuing bradmann 's tradition of scoring zeroes when it matters the most.

  • TobyTee on June 5, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    A bowler cannot take pace off the ball! The ball has no pace other than that imparted by the bowler forchrissakes! A bit of medium pace will do fine for me. Likewise you cannot be given out lbw if it is deemed 'adjacent'. Adjacent means "next to, or besides" Some cricketing cliches drive me to distraction

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 5, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    Eng should win as Broad and Finn return to the side. Otherwise I do not think Eng will be a competitive team in the CT.

  • Charlie101 on June 5, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    I wonder if management is asking Jade Dernbach to bowl his box of tricks all the time rather the way they initially asked Broad to bowl short and be the "enforcer" early in his career. I have seen Dernbach , bowling conventionally and he is better than the bowler we have recently seen.

  • Happy_hamster on June 5, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    Harmony1111 on (June 5, 2013, 10:50 GMT) Wise words indeed, and if India get further in the CT than England the home tests defeats don't count.

  • yorkshire-86 on June 5, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Please don't go back to the dreadful Bopara! Over 100 lives in various forms of international cricket and has proven he has no talent. As for Trott, the problem isn't he scores runs too slowly - when he scores 50+ it's generally at a run a ball - its when he DOSNT score big runs. Trotts scores of 15 or so runs before getting out to his first meaningful shot generally eat up 40-50 valuable balls.

  • on June 5, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    Support for NZ over ENG...

  • Jewitt12 on June 5, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    Can someone explain to me why big Boyd is being picked to play for England, it isn't like he has set the world on fire in domestic limited overs cricket? Surely there is better young english born talent out there?

  • The-Stoat on June 5, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    I would like to see Munro instead of Franklin. Franklin's bowling hasn't exactly been flash, his batting ok at best and Munro should have a game before the champions trophy. Between Williamson, Elliott and if necessary Munro you easily have the fifth bowler's spot.

  • SameOld on June 5, 2013, 1:46 GMT

    Yep, NZ looking good at the moment, let's hope the trend continues. Nathan McCullum continues to impress, and I like spinners in his mould. The opposing batsmen clearly like the look of him, but for the most part just can't seem to get him away. It's fun to watch. Batting... Working nicely....? Phew, feels weird typing that out. A few runs for Ronchi today would be nice, I suppose. But otherwise, batting looks good.

    England should play Treadwell, unless they have some masterplan that involves not showing him to opposition batsmen too early. Could be worth a gamble to have NZ facing him for the first time in that last round match. Then again, if he takes a few wickets today, NZ are hardly going to be looking forward to seeing him during the tournament.The genuinely medium-paced Bopara could be a good pick too, as NZ are clearly enjoying the faster mediums right now.

  • gsingh7 on June 5, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    best batsman since bradmann--- cookie goes for grand zero. continuing bradmann 's tradition of scoring zeroes when it matters the most.

  • TobyTee on June 5, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    A bowler cannot take pace off the ball! The ball has no pace other than that imparted by the bowler forchrissakes! A bit of medium pace will do fine for me. Likewise you cannot be given out lbw if it is deemed 'adjacent'. Adjacent means "next to, or besides" Some cricketing cliches drive me to distraction

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 5, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    Eng should win as Broad and Finn return to the side. Otherwise I do not think Eng will be a competitive team in the CT.

  • Charlie101 on June 5, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    I wonder if management is asking Jade Dernbach to bowl his box of tricks all the time rather the way they initially asked Broad to bowl short and be the "enforcer" early in his career. I have seen Dernbach , bowling conventionally and he is better than the bowler we have recently seen.

  • Happy_hamster on June 5, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    Harmony1111 on (June 5, 2013, 10:50 GMT) Wise words indeed, and if India get further in the CT than England the home tests defeats don't count.

  • yorkshire-86 on June 5, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Please don't go back to the dreadful Bopara! Over 100 lives in various forms of international cricket and has proven he has no talent. As for Trott, the problem isn't he scores runs too slowly - when he scores 50+ it's generally at a run a ball - its when he DOSNT score big runs. Trotts scores of 15 or so runs before getting out to his first meaningful shot generally eat up 40-50 valuable balls.

  • on June 5, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    Support for NZ over ENG...

  • Jewitt12 on June 5, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    Can someone explain to me why big Boyd is being picked to play for England, it isn't like he has set the world on fire in domestic limited overs cricket? Surely there is better young english born talent out there?

  • The-Stoat on June 5, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    I would like to see Munro instead of Franklin. Franklin's bowling hasn't exactly been flash, his batting ok at best and Munro should have a game before the champions trophy. Between Williamson, Elliott and if necessary Munro you easily have the fifth bowler's spot.

  • Harmony1111 on June 5, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    England whitewashed India when we toured England last time. If NZ whitewash England then India will be worse than NZ. I don't want NZ to prove it. So I hope England will win this match.

  • on June 5, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    @JB2704 Buttler averages 9 with the bat in 8 ODIs, I know that you have give people a chance, but this is surely taking things too far; if his ave was about 20 or so, I could understand sticking with him. Is Bairstow not good enough to keep in ODIs? Look at Prior's early keeping form in tests, but he's improved.

    As for Dernbach, I just cannot understand why he's on the radar. Woakes has been very disappointing. Surely Bopara and Tredwell are better choices?

  • VillageBlacksmith on June 5, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    what about JB gilo??? doesn't come form warwks I know so u may not have heard of him... and perhaps u didn't see his destructive closing of a game with 41* @ S/R of 195... 18 months ago I know but why waste that type of talent? The plan A passengers Eng have in the side need a shake up as they are just not performing...

  • TenDonebyaShooter on June 5, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    "Taking the pace off the ball" appears to be Mr Winter's favourite phrase at the moment and idea for how to deal with the New Zealand batters. However, while Graeme Swann is certainly hardly express pace, that didn't do him a lot of good in Southampton

  • CricketingStargazer on June 5, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Beg your pardon. The Sri Lanka record over the last 10 years is W8 L4!

  • CricketingStargazer on June 5, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    Should this result have been a surprise? Actually, no if you look at recent form. New Zealand have a remarkable ODI record in England in the last 10 years: W10. L2. Only Sri Lanka (W8, L2) gets anywhere near it. Australia (W16, L12) and West Indies (W8, L8) are the only other sides that do not have a losing record.

    Of the "Big Eight". by far the worst record is India's (W5, L10) - which may go some way to explain why they are not particularly fancied for the Champions Trophy. South Africa (W7 L10) and Pakistan (W7, L9) are the sides with the next worst records.

    In other words, if you want to put some smart money on CT2013, New Zealand are probably a good bet.

  • RoBoBobster on June 5, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    with Englands top order, they need the really agressive Buttlermore than the slightly less agressive Bairstow. If they were playing 2 of Bopara, Wright and Patel and use as a 5th bowler then they would probably choose Bairstow as more likely to build an innings. If they droppedFinn for CT they could bring Wright into the squad

  • Harlequin. on June 5, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    @jayzuz - hopefully our groundsmen are just lulling them into a false sense of security and come match day, the covers will come off to reveal an emerald carpet!

    @landl47 - Buttler proved in the T20's that he is more than capable of a few quickfire 20's in the death overs, which is really what he is picked for. If we are relying on him and Morgan to put in big hundreds then something has gone terribly wrong with the top order. Though it might be an idea to play Bopara at 7, and there is a top order collapse and we need someone to sure up the innings for 5-10 overs, then he could go in as a 'deathwatchman' (sort of like nightwatchman but to protect Buttler/Morgan for the death overs)

  • Jayzuz on June 5, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    I am absolutely gobsmacked that England have coughed up grassless mud tracks for this tournament. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot! England's team is effectively a test team - which works great in classic English conditions. But they have taken out their biggest advantage - grass. This is akin to Roger Federer ordering the Wimbledon final vs Nadal to be played on clay. Doh!

    The question remains: why have they done this? Who ordered it? The reason I ask is that it is very notable that it clearly favours the sub-continent teams. England, SA and AUS - the powerhouses of the (mostly) white playing nations, have won just one of five total games played by them thus far. If you add the WI as the other team which likes fast, green tracks (very handy quicks), then you have one win out of seven. NZ is the only one doing well, but they have no genuine quick bowlers. I noticed Dilshan bowled 7 overs for 18 runs yesterday, while Malinga bowled 8 for 67. Very, very strange indeed.

  • JG2704 on June 5, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    @ landl47 on (June 5, 2013, 3:22 GMT) I think England will stick with Jos. They've asked Somerset to play him as a WK more and don't think they'd have done that otherwise. Yes he's not done it for England yet but if he converts his Somerset form onto the international stage then England will benefit hugely.The guy has as big (if not bigger) array of shots and is as entertaining to watch as anyone in England. Personally I'd be glad to have him back at Somerset right now where we are struggling after Tres and Trego in shorter formats and if there's a choice between Somerset winning a trophy this year or Eng winning this tournament I'd go for the former Also Jonny didn't impress me hugely behind the stumps when I saw him for England. Not against giving the WK gloves to someone else (Foster is probably the best) but I'd keep Jos in the side and maybe move him up a place or 2

  • on June 5, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    The headline indicates New Zealand stock, not headed but bemoaning Englands lack of bowling death.

  • deep6321 on June 5, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    Drop franklin and include southee and drop nathan macculam and include Munro

  • landl47 on June 5, 2013, 3:22 GMT

    I'm not sure why England are persisting with Buttler at #6 and W/K. As a batsman he isn't ready- he's never played an innings of any substance at international level. As a W/K he belongs to the Matthew Wade school of incompetence. Bairstow would be a much better option in both roles.

    Rankin and Dernbach are not in the CT squad; Bopara and Tredwell are. I can't see any justification for playing Rankin (and there never has been any justification for playing Dernbach) while leaving Bopara and Tredwell on the bench. I will make a prediction now that if Bopara and Tredwell play and Dernbach doesn't, England will not be chasing 360 in the final game.

  • jmcilhinney on June 5, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    Woakes has been disappointing with the ball and Dernbach has performed pretty much like everyone expected. They are two of the primary reasons for England's losses but certainly not the only ones. It's going to be hard to bring in Bopara because he's more of a sixth bowler than fifth so they would have to lose a batsmen. Maybe Bopara could replace Woakes and they aim for he and Root to share 10 overs. The previous game showed the importance of fielding too, with the dropping of Guptill possibly being the decisive moment of the match. Without his innings, NZ may have still done well but certainly not as well and they may have lost more wickets and not made 300. Regardless, dropping catches can be very expensive and England's fielding included a number of other blemishes too. They'd love to have Broad and Finn back but it sounds like bowling Finn right now might be a risk. It's a risk not to as well though, with no more chance to warm up for the CT.

  • SLSup on June 5, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    Is the most skillful bowler around playing for England still? Or more appropriately, is Saker England's bowling coach still?

  • VillageBlacksmith on June 5, 2013, 2:27 GMT

    I am surprised the writer did not suggest i r bell as needing a ''rest''... If he is picked (it is amazing how he still gets in any side) I would not be surprised to see bell out there wearing a seat belt, as he is now the perennial passsenger on the (all formats) Eng bus.

  • on June 5, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    McClenaghan - does - want to lose intensity?

  • Kumail_Asadi on June 4, 2013, 21:40 GMT

    I think England is in his poorest form of ODI But they will never want to go in CT with a burden of white wash. Bopara must get place in playing 11. Recently seen, in practice matches of CT , Asian teams are performing well. Bopara may be a key player in this scenario of CT. Go England Go.

  • Lermy on June 4, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    After two ODIs suddenly NZ is settled and brilliant? I don't think so!

  • iceaxe on June 4, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    NZ are right to keep up the intensity despite having won the series. I wouldn't expect England to rest Anderson, as that would significantly weaken their attack.

  • RoBoBobster on June 4, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    (I know it won't happen) Englands best ODI squad would be Cook, Root, Trott, Prior, Morgan, Wright, Patel, Bresnan, Broad, Swann, Anderson. 4 top bowlers , 10 overs from Wright, Patel and Root. 2 rocks in Cook and Trott, Root, Cook, Prior and Morgan can all play long innings with a good run rate, Prior, Morgan, Wright and Patel good agressive middle order players. Any objections???

  • on June 4, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    ENGLAND will bounce back in this game..... Bopara and Bresnan have to put a good performance and will be key players though i would love to watch Dan Vettori's GAME if he plays ....

  • on June 4, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    definitely , looking forward to c the contest b/w bth of the teams ! go kiwi go !

  • on June 4, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    definitely , looking forward to c the contest b/w bth of the teams ! go kiwi go !

  • on June 4, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    ENGLAND will bounce back in this game..... Bopara and Bresnan have to put a good performance and will be key players though i would love to watch Dan Vettori's GAME if he plays ....

  • RoBoBobster on June 4, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    (I know it won't happen) Englands best ODI squad would be Cook, Root, Trott, Prior, Morgan, Wright, Patel, Bresnan, Broad, Swann, Anderson. 4 top bowlers , 10 overs from Wright, Patel and Root. 2 rocks in Cook and Trott, Root, Cook, Prior and Morgan can all play long innings with a good run rate, Prior, Morgan, Wright and Patel good agressive middle order players. Any objections???

  • iceaxe on June 4, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    NZ are right to keep up the intensity despite having won the series. I wouldn't expect England to rest Anderson, as that would significantly weaken their attack.

  • Lermy on June 4, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    After two ODIs suddenly NZ is settled and brilliant? I don't think so!

  • Kumail_Asadi on June 4, 2013, 21:40 GMT

    I think England is in his poorest form of ODI But they will never want to go in CT with a burden of white wash. Bopara must get place in playing 11. Recently seen, in practice matches of CT , Asian teams are performing well. Bopara may be a key player in this scenario of CT. Go England Go.

  • on June 5, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    McClenaghan - does - want to lose intensity?

  • VillageBlacksmith on June 5, 2013, 2:27 GMT

    I am surprised the writer did not suggest i r bell as needing a ''rest''... If he is picked (it is amazing how he still gets in any side) I would not be surprised to see bell out there wearing a seat belt, as he is now the perennial passsenger on the (all formats) Eng bus.

  • SLSup on June 5, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    Is the most skillful bowler around playing for England still? Or more appropriately, is Saker England's bowling coach still?

  • jmcilhinney on June 5, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    Woakes has been disappointing with the ball and Dernbach has performed pretty much like everyone expected. They are two of the primary reasons for England's losses but certainly not the only ones. It's going to be hard to bring in Bopara because he's more of a sixth bowler than fifth so they would have to lose a batsmen. Maybe Bopara could replace Woakes and they aim for he and Root to share 10 overs. The previous game showed the importance of fielding too, with the dropping of Guptill possibly being the decisive moment of the match. Without his innings, NZ may have still done well but certainly not as well and they may have lost more wickets and not made 300. Regardless, dropping catches can be very expensive and England's fielding included a number of other blemishes too. They'd love to have Broad and Finn back but it sounds like bowling Finn right now might be a risk. It's a risk not to as well though, with no more chance to warm up for the CT.