England v New Zealand, 2nd T20, The Oval June 26, 2013

Pietersen back as Tredwell leads England


Match facts

June 27, The Oval
Start time 6.30pm (1730 GMT)

Big Picture

Kevin Pietersen was in the England dressing room on Tuesday evening and, all being well, he will return to don their flashy new red pyjamas and take to the field for the second T20 international against New Zealand on Thursday. In between he netted with his team-mates (and was excited enough to tweet about it) and although his contribution will be largely meaningless in the broader sweep of an Ashes summer, particularly after his strutting, unbeaten 177 for Surrey at the weekend, the sight of him in an England shirt for the first time since March will settle a few nerves.

The question of who makes room for him was settled after Eoin Morgan was ruled out of the match with a minor hand injury. Before Morgan's enforced absence, any of the batsmen would have been unfortunate to be dropped after all impressed as England narrowly failed to pull off their highest successful run chase in T20s.

Morgan, who will now be replaced by James Tredwell as captain, joked after the first match that it would be Pietersen's job to come in and win the second T20 and that would probably fit the bill for a partisan Surrey crowd, as well as England's limited-overs coach, Ashley Giles. With Pietersen in the XI, England will also be able to rival New Zealand and Brendon McCullum for IPL glamour, in another sell-out match that comes a day after the launch of the domestic FLt20 in slightly more muted circumstances.

For New Zealand, there is the opportunity for another series victory in England's backyard after their ODI reverse. Over 15 contests in all three formats since early February, New Zealand have won five (three ODIs, two T20s) to England's seven (two Tests, three ODIs, two T20s) and no neutral onlooker would begrudge McCullum's team making it 6-7 after nearly five months of cricket in which the difference between the two countries has consistently belied the gap in the rankings.

Form guide (most recent first)

England LWLWW
New Zealand WLWLL

In the spotlight

From an England perspective, the spotlight is unlikely to stray from Pietersen for long but should a few photons be going spare they wouldn't be wasted on Ben Stokes. The Durham allrounder made his first England appearance in two summers on Tuesday; his bowling stood up better than several of his more senior colleagues and although he couldn't quite secure victory with the bat he showed his power with one towering six.

Tom Latham was given an opportunity with bat and gloves and, one missed stumping apart, gave a good account of himself. His merry hitting helped sustain the momentum of New Zealand's innings, he took a superb diving catch to dismiss Luke Wright, England's top-scorer, and then managed to run out Jos Buttler at a crucial stage (possibly with the aid of a little luck). With BJ Watling's injury and uncertainty surrounding Luke Ronchi, Latham has the chance to further his claims.

Team news

Chris Woakes' evening ended after around ten minutes in the first T20 - his one over costing 19 runs - he might have made way for Pietersen's return but may have earned a reprieve after Morgan's hand injury.

England 1 Michael Lumb, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Luke Wright, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Ravi Bopara, 6 Chris Woakes, 7 Jos Buttler (wk), 8 Ben Stokes, 9 James Tredwell (capt), 10 Jade Dernbach, 11 Boyd Rankin

McCullum suggested that Guptill would struggle to be fit for the second game and if New Zealand decide against risking further damage to his hamstring, James Franklin will get another chance as a pinch-hitting opener. Kyle Mills and Doug Bracewell are the other fast-bowling options in the squad.

New Zealand 1 Hamish Rutherford, 2 James Franklin, 3 Brendon McCullum (capt, wk), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Tom Latham, 6 Colin Munro, 7 Corey Anderson, 8 Nathan McCullum, 9 Ian Butler, 10 Mitchell McClenaghan, 11 Ronnie Hira

Pitch and conditions

The pitch, situated towards the south-west side of the square, was exceptionally quick and bouncy, with one short boundary that both teams targeted to good effect. Morgan felt New Zealand's 201 for 4 was ten runs below par, though a chance of rain on Thursday might dampen the prospects for a repeat.

Stats and trivia

  • New Zealand's win was only their third over England in ten T20s - and their first in this country.

  • Since returning to England's T20 side last year, Luke Wright has scored 346 runs at 31.45 and taken 10 wickets at 18.10. Before that, he averaged 15.43 with the bat and 36.50 with the ball.

  • Hamish Rutherford's 62 at The Oval was his first international half-century since making 171 on Test debut in March.


"It's very small margins especially in Twenty20 on a very good wicket. One blow and we would have won the game."
Eoin Morgan thinks there was not much between the two sides

"He got out first ball - that can happen."
Brendon McCullum wasn't too concerned by James Franklin's failure

June 27, 11.45pm GMT - This article was updated with the news that Eoin Morgan had been ruled out of the match with a hand injury.

Alan Gardner is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Just_saying87 on June 27, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    Are you guys serious discussing over England's T20 captain? Who cares about International T20, the team have two games in 5 months and then you will see complete new team. If ICC want to make it big, they should do some serious scheduling. IPL is more fun, atleast they play 2 full months, so you kinda stay in rhythm. This is something ICC should learn from IPL.

  • gtr800 on June 27, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    I don't see why Bopara doesn't get the nod, maybe he hasn't performed- oh wait he has more than tredwell and anyone else this ct, remained not out in the last game. Instead a innocuous part-time lookalike bowler tredwell gets the captaincy.

  • gtr800 on June 27, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    I think KP is less trust worthy and more temperamental than Tredwell thats why he wasn't given the nod. Either way if I was KP I would be annoyed.

  • kitten on June 27, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    Morgan is completely out of sorts, and hasn`t been performing lately, with the exception of a few good innings in the IPL. Since England had to get KP in at all costs, and since all the other batsmen had performed fairly well, the only person who could be jettisoned, was Morgan, and giving the excuse that he had a slight hand injury came in handy. This team looks good, and it will certainly be a good fight, with England coming out on top in a close finish, again. Looking forward to the match in an hours time. Rain stay away.

  • dummy4fb on June 27, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    how many captains england changed in the t20 first broad than swan and now tredwell may next turn s kp.

  • android_user on June 27, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    Treadwell dont have talents of a decent spinner and he is made captain of team? it reflects poorly on England . he was thrashed by mcbren in last match, why select him again??

  • YorkshirePudding on June 27, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    @Posted by on (June 27, 2013, 15:41 GMT), the ECB are probably resting key players ahead of the Ashes that is more important that this game, and with the exception of KP there are no members of the test squad.

  • dummy4fb on June 27, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Hey how come broad isn't captaining England T-20. Not that I rate him as a bowler and find him too arrogant to be captain, but what happened - injury. Although Tredwell I think will be a good captain and perhaps the best choice among all of them. What ever it is Broad's absence is a blessing in disguise for England.

  • Vindaliew on June 27, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    Is this Tredwell's first outing as England captain? Congratulations! Great to see him get a chance despite being one of the less visible (but no less loyal and dedicated) members of the team. As a Kent fan I'm delighted for him!

  • FAB_ALI on June 27, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Why didnt they make KP the captain for this match?? Surely a better choice than Tredwell.

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