England v New Zealand, Champions Trophy, Group A, Cardiff June 15, 2013

Hosts under pressure; poor weather looms

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Match Facts

Sunday, June 16, Cardiff
Start time 1030 (0930 GMT)

The Big Picture

Déjà vu, anyone? These two teams have certainly seen plenty of each other over the last few months. This match, though, is arguably the most important of the lot with a place in the semi-finals at stake. In theory it's win or bust for England, while a defeat for New Zealand would leave them needing Australia to beat Sri Lanka but not by enough to overtake their NRR.

However, it looks unlikely to even be that simple. The weather forecast for Sunday in Cardiff is not great. The groundsman has talked of a potential washout. That scenario has receded a little but would hurt England and put New Zealand through on four points. Then it would be England needing Australia to win (but, again, not by enough to lift their NRR much) in order to progress. Everyone still with us? If both remaining group matches are washed out, England and New Zealand would go through.

Given the way the weather can change, let's presume the match goes ahead. It has been a difficult few days for England, who bowled poorly against Sri Lanka when they failed to defend 293 and then rumours emerged about the condition of the ball after the umpires changed it. How quickly fortunes can change. Everything was rosy for them after victory against Australia.

One debate is whether England's batting has the power to really damage teams. Yet, with a bowling attack of their supposed strength a total of over 290 should have been defendable. Alastair Cook, Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott are doing their roles, but the problem has been that Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler have not fired, leaving just Ravi Bopara to give innings a late lift.

There is not much England and New Zealand won't know about each other. If pre-game advantages are being sought then it was Brendon McCullum's team who won the bilateral series 2-1 earlier this month. They edged home against Sri Lanka in the group stage and could have had a tough task to chase 244 against Australia so there are a few questions marks over their batting.

With the ball, however, they have been excellent. Daniel Vettori's return has boosted their options and Mitchell McClenaghan has provided wicket-taking threat much like Geoff Allott did at the 1999 World Cup in England. Everyone, though, will be watching the weather. New Zealand may not say it, but they won't mind if it rains all day.

Form guide

(Most recent first, last five completed matches)

England LWWLL
New Zealand WLWWL

Watch out for...

Alastair Cook is facing an important day or so. Much stock had been put in England's chances of going deep in this tournament and those hopes are on a knife edge. And then there are the accusations being thrown around involving his team. Cook also admitted his innings against Sri Lanka, a stodgy 59 off 85 deliveries, did not help the momentum. Throughout his career he has responded to pressure with outstanding performances, so don't be surprised to see another.

Martin Guptill has good recent memories against England having taken back-to-back hundreds during the one-day series, including a record-breaking 189 not out at the Ageas Bowl. In the Champions Trophy he has twice succumbed to loose drives against the seamers, but it will be interesting to see if England target him early with some spin although with Graeme Swann rarely used in the Powerplay that appears unlikely.

Team news

Jonathan Trott has recovered from the thigh strain that kept him off the field for most of Sri Lanka's run chase at The Oval. With Bopara's lower-order hitting power there are unlikely to be changes to the attack although James Tredwell is unlucky to be on the sidelines.

England (probable) 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 Stuart Broad, 10 Graeme Swann, 11 James Anderson

Tim Southee is an injury doubt but Grant Elliott is likely to be available for selection. If Southee doesn't make it, Elliott could strengthen the batting or they could bring in Doug Bracewell or Ian Butler. Luke Ronchi has struggled since his return to international cricket and could need a strong finish to the tournament to retain his place.

New Zealand (probable) 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Luke Ronchi, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 James Franklin, 6 Brendon McCullum (capt), 7 Daniel Vettori, 8 Nathan McCullum, 9 Doug Bracewell, 10 Kyle Mills, 11 Mitchell McClenaghan

Pitch and conditions

The surfaces in Cardiff have ranged from high-scorers (India v South Africa and South Africa v West Indies) to a grungy low-scorer (New Zealand v Sri Lanka). The slightly odd dimensions to the ground, with long corners, can make it hard to defend. However, if the forecast is to be trusted the pitch may not be uncovered. The BBC forecast suggests rain from 12pm with it getting heavier towards evening.

Stats and trivia

  • Brendon McCullum needs 56 runs to reach 5000 in ODIs

  • Mitchell McClenaghan requires two more wickets to equal Kyle Mills' 10 as the most for New Zealand in a Champions Trophy

  • New Zealand have won all three of their ODIs in Cardiff, against Australia in 1999, West Indies in 2004 and Sri Lanka last week

  • England are also unbeaten in five ODIs at the ground, although three of those have been no-results

Quotes

"It sounds boring, but we have to focus on what we want to do. The most important thing is winning cricket matches and not what Bob Willis says."
Ashley Giles refuses to be distracted by accusations

"I've got no idea how they achieve reverse-swing and that's not my responsibility."
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson sidesteps ball-tampering questions

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY pull_shot on | June 16, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    cook respond brilliantly in odi's....... u must be surely joking

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | June 16, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Well that's that then. In these conditions the England top order will be even more ponderous than usual or find themselves 70 for 5. Best hope is with rain and Aussies ro narrowly beat sl

  • POSTED BY GrandMasterSaxay on | June 16, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    I want to add "Corey James Anderson" in my fantasy team but his name doesn't seem to appear in the New Zealand team

  • POSTED BY Cloakey on | June 16, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    The Ronchulator will fire!

  • POSTED BY Qalandari on | June 16, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    The rain really ruined the Tournament. As of my opinion, If Today's match tie. NZL will have 4 Points and ENG will have 3 Points. So tomorrow, if SRL wins, NZL and SRL will qualify but if AUS wins, there will be a NRR fight between ENG and AUS. For your information ENG is in a strong position by NRR.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | June 16, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    @skilebow - I think we'd all prefer to have conditions where we get more games completed. Agree it's good to have the challenges of English conditions but we just seem to be getting so many games rained off. In the CC and domestic competitions that can have a huge influence on things. None of the domestic games (bar semis/finals) get replayed/have reserve days etc so you can have scenarios where a side finishes ahead of another side but were not necessarily better - just had better weather to complete matches. I mean as an example in the YB40 Somerset's game with Unicorns (a fringe side) was abandoned (a point each). Now imagine if in football (where games rarely get called off anyway) you had a situation where (eg) Man Utd had 2 home games called off vs Sothampton and Norwich and got just a point each I think it's something which puts off the travelling fan from attending games.We can do nothing abt the weather but I feel we can do things to maximise playing time/results

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | June 16, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    @yorkshirematt on (June 15, 2013, 15:36 GMT) I half agree with your post but Morgan has the class of Raina definitely, Also , while SL beat England handsomely in the end they lost to NZ who in turn were struggling vs Aus , who in turn Eng beat comfortably. To be honest I have mixed feelings about Eng going through/going out.

  • POSTED BY on | June 16, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    We in Moscow,Russia Use aeroplanes and helicofters to do away with clouds during any important celebrations .It is not late can order services from Moscow for Semifinals and Finals.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | June 16, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    @Un_Citoyen_Indien on (June 16, 2013, 3:10 GMT)

    re" Can't remember a single series that hasn't been rain affected"

    Thought you might have remembered the 2nd test series of the English summer in 2011 , but maybe that slipped from your mind

  • POSTED BY deathstar01 on | June 16, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    Supporting NZ today with huge passion; would love to see england lose and eventually, getting out of the tournament.

  • POSTED BY pull_shot on | June 16, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    cook respond brilliantly in odi's....... u must be surely joking

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | June 16, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Well that's that then. In these conditions the England top order will be even more ponderous than usual or find themselves 70 for 5. Best hope is with rain and Aussies ro narrowly beat sl

  • POSTED BY GrandMasterSaxay on | June 16, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    I want to add "Corey James Anderson" in my fantasy team but his name doesn't seem to appear in the New Zealand team

  • POSTED BY Cloakey on | June 16, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    The Ronchulator will fire!

  • POSTED BY Qalandari on | June 16, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    The rain really ruined the Tournament. As of my opinion, If Today's match tie. NZL will have 4 Points and ENG will have 3 Points. So tomorrow, if SRL wins, NZL and SRL will qualify but if AUS wins, there will be a NRR fight between ENG and AUS. For your information ENG is in a strong position by NRR.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | June 16, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    @skilebow - I think we'd all prefer to have conditions where we get more games completed. Agree it's good to have the challenges of English conditions but we just seem to be getting so many games rained off. In the CC and domestic competitions that can have a huge influence on things. None of the domestic games (bar semis/finals) get replayed/have reserve days etc so you can have scenarios where a side finishes ahead of another side but were not necessarily better - just had better weather to complete matches. I mean as an example in the YB40 Somerset's game with Unicorns (a fringe side) was abandoned (a point each). Now imagine if in football (where games rarely get called off anyway) you had a situation where (eg) Man Utd had 2 home games called off vs Sothampton and Norwich and got just a point each I think it's something which puts off the travelling fan from attending games.We can do nothing abt the weather but I feel we can do things to maximise playing time/results

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | June 16, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    @yorkshirematt on (June 15, 2013, 15:36 GMT) I half agree with your post but Morgan has the class of Raina definitely, Also , while SL beat England handsomely in the end they lost to NZ who in turn were struggling vs Aus , who in turn Eng beat comfortably. To be honest I have mixed feelings about Eng going through/going out.

  • POSTED BY on | June 16, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    We in Moscow,Russia Use aeroplanes and helicofters to do away with clouds during any important celebrations .It is not late can order services from Moscow for Semifinals and Finals.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | June 16, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    @Un_Citoyen_Indien on (June 16, 2013, 3:10 GMT)

    re" Can't remember a single series that hasn't been rain affected"

    Thought you might have remembered the 2nd test series of the English summer in 2011 , but maybe that slipped from your mind

  • POSTED BY deathstar01 on | June 16, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    Supporting NZ today with huge passion; would love to see england lose and eventually, getting out of the tournament.

  • POSTED BY on | June 16, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    Rain is really spoiling the fun here...why can't UK have clear skies at least for a few weeks.....I am grumpy!!!

  • POSTED BY The_Utican on | June 16, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    S Rajesh's statistical analysis of Pakistan's ODI failings (elsewhere on Cricinfo) also show that England's big batting problem, relative to other sidesm is middle over momentum, leaving too much to do in the final overs (where again our run rate lags the best teams, probably because we're losing wickets). Bracketing Morgan and Bopara with Buttler as late-over sloggers is unfair - they can both play judicious attacking innings, and its only England's current 'build a platform' strategy that forces them into that role. The problem England have, though, is that a good case can be made for all the top 4 individually - Cook's a run machine and skipper, Bell's in great form, Trott's average and 50 rate allows others to play round him, Root's showing great versatility and acceleration for a rookie. They'll probably replace Root or Morgan with KP at no.4, but will this solve the problem? Long term it looks like Hales for Bell ...

  • POSTED BY skilebow on | June 16, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Un_Citoyen_Indien- true the weather can be bad in England but i don't think you understand cricket in England with your comment. It can add another dimension to a game that you simply don't get in other countries. For example if on the 1st day of the ashes we wake up to cloudy conditions on a decent batting pitch in Nottingham we are in for a fantastic and absorbing day cricket

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | June 16, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    I'm afraid the rain is just something tourists have to deal with here just like the searing heat of India and humidity of SL. At least a result was achieved yesterday and there has actually only been ONE complete washout

  • POSTED BY on | June 16, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    @Un_Citoyen_Indien- so don't you find it ironic that the game itself was invented in the worlds "worst place[s] to play cricket in"? Funny that India didn't invent the game given that the weather is so good there.

  • POSTED BY on | June 16, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    England have reached to a situation where a loss today will put them out of the tournament. England and New Zealand have played against each other so much recently that it would be difficult to choose a clear winner here. New Zealand have a history of creating upsets in big tournaments. Could this be a moment ? Hard to say, really. A loss here for England means TA TA BYE BYE. A Win here for New Zealand takes them to Oval on June 19. Now big question... what if the rain plays the spoilsport?? Well, In case of a tie or no result, New Zealand will still qualify for the semis and then England's fate will depend on the match between Australia and Srilanka. This is interesting and may get even more if rain pours down, and down and down.

  • POSTED BY AllanZhang on | June 16, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    Go the Black Caps... It going to be raining from 12 noon, only 2.5 hours good weather to play with. and Do hope the Rain do arrive on time, so NZ can go through for sure..

  • POSTED BY on | June 16, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    weather is killing the tournament thrills . so sad hopefully 2days match get underway in time and the spectators could enjoy the the cricket.

  • POSTED BY cric_J on | June 16, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    Too many hurdles here for England to cross and reach the semis : the weather, a NZ team that just beat us 15 days ago, some top order batting troubles , Finny and Trott's injuries and some off field suggestions to "tamper" with the team's on field morale.

    But I still believe England could make this by doing what they do best - responding to pressure with superb intensity and top notch performances. So come on lads, show me I'm right.

    Cook HAS to play faster,set more attacking fields and use his bowlers more effectively.Trott and Root were superb in the SL match and MUST carry on THAT way.And Morgs and Jos must deliver after not doing so in the earlier 2 matches.

    Broady is a much better bowler than what he was against SL and I expect him to prove that today.Also I'd get in Finny for Bres to get some pace to the attack.Cardiff should offer more swing than the Oval and these 2 have to support Jimmy to build pressure from BOTH ends.Not sure about whom to choose between Swanny/Tredwell.

  • POSTED BY on | June 16, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    as much as i love the idea of ronchi blasting a quick 50 at the top i feel we may do the team a disservice if we do not give bracewell a real chance to see if he can bat for nz as he does his only list a opening in his debut match, plus a real platform similar to the 2nd odi against england could be a real possibilty.

  • POSTED BY mk49_van on | June 16, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    Go Blackcaps, Go. Smash the Poms!

  • POSTED BY RednWhiteArmy on | June 16, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    England need to play Tredwell & Swann togeather. They will be very tough to score 5 an over off.

  • POSTED BY on | June 16, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    Its a shame to have shuch an important tournament played in such horrible weather conditions,The I C C should be blamed for this as well as they make make too many blunders very often and get away with ease,

  • POSTED BY Un_Citoyen_Indien on | June 16, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    England has got to be one of the worst places to play cricket in, simply because of the horrible weather conditions.

    Can't remember a single series that hasn't been rain affected! ICC please take note! Need to avoid having these big ICC tournaments here and stick to the Ashes and other bilateral series instead so that the weather impact is minimal.

    A frustrated Cricket Fan.

  • POSTED BY nkagarwal on | June 16, 2013, 3:07 GMT

    I think it's a waste of time getting things ready in a massive way to get the match underway, and eventually see a WASHOUT. Why waste time of players, commentators, broadcast crew and more importantly the groundsmen, who put in such a hard work. Instead keep shut everything, spin a coin in the hotel lobby and decide the winner. Shame to keep such a tournament of such magnitude at this point of time when the weather is not helping the game. Frustrating even for the viewers all around the globe to just keep watching the TV sets for only the updates rather than the match. Instead people can plan their weekends and enjoy something else. Disgusting.......

  • POSTED BY gibbs.175 on | June 16, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    I think ..England can make it.....Black caps dont have good batting or bowling...thus 230 is a very hard total for them to post on the board or chase down....so eng 80%,,,,NZ 20%

  • POSTED BY on | June 16, 2013, 1:42 GMT

    Though England is a good venue to organise a big tournament but really surprised that ICC officials has choose this season for this memorable tournament. It's really disgusting when you have predictions of whether for many days ahead. One shouldn't be surprised if both the remaining league matches could be abandoned, though I bleak chances is always there if it willn't be a torrential rain because these grounds staff have done a tremendous job uptill now. I think it's better to have a 20/25 overs match be declared at the beginning rather then reducing the overs now & then. if there is any possibility of 3-4 hrs. cricket. ICC should take every step to have a match/results for these remaining matches. Apart from that they should also have to shift the semi's and final to a drier region immediately. I doubt that viewers will enjoy the 50-overs match from now, if ICC shouldn't take any immediate decision on this.

  • POSTED BY dalboy12 on | June 16, 2013, 1:40 GMT

    Shame weather is ruining this tournament, always been a problem with 1-day cricket, and could have happened anywhere in the world. NZ shouldn't replace Southee with Elliot, if Southee is injured it will weaken the bowling too much. Elliot is part-time at best. Though I like having Elliot in the team for his batting. If Southee goes out I would look at Butler, as he is a good player in the the limited over games. And Bracewell, while a great test bowler, always seems to go for plenty in the limited over games. Elliot is really fighting out with Franklin, but they bat differently, Franklin can hit big, while Elliot is great at scoring at one end while the hitters bat around him. I would go Elliot as Franklin is not bowling at all and Elliot is the perfect guy for Taylor, the two McCullums etc to bat around. Be interesting if the conservative English approach will let them bowl Swann early at Guptil.

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | June 16, 2013, 0:48 GMT

    I hope the weather holds out and we can get a game in here. This should be a cracker of a game for the neutrals like myself. ... I think England clearly has the edge in batting and bowling, on paper. The Kiwi's don't play on paper though and somehow manage to annoy the hell out of the opposition by consistently playing so much better than they are supposed to be able to. .. I love them for that. .. they are like the little guy everyone thinks they can pick on but they find out quickly that this is one little guy who can take care of himself, thank you very much. ... As for England, well, like most Aussies, they are the team I love to hate. There's no doubt that I enjoy watching England go down, the more agonisingly the better. .. but it's all good clean fun fella's. .. no malice involved. I can appreciate the skills of your mob and certainly don't begrudge you your current success, it's just that it's a bucket-load of fun watching you lose occassionally. ...

  • POSTED BY MH19 on | June 15, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    Go the Black Caps and I am sure you will hurt England and send them out of the tournament making the nation cry.On the Other hand we Sri Lankans do not want rain against Australia as its a Do or Die quater final and the winners go to semis and thats how we want it to be does not matter who wins but a good contest is what matters

  • POSTED BY LAKingsFan on | June 15, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    Cracker of a game on the cards if rain permits. In group A any of the 4 teams can qualify for the semis. Two excellent days of cricket are waiting.

  • POSTED BY darsh127 on | June 15, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    Is it possible to tie a big parachute or something around the whole ground and make it a indoor match. It wouldn't be a bad idea for when it rains.

  • POSTED BY souwesterly on | June 15, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    England chose to play against Sri Lanka as if they, in football terms, were playing for a draw, while their opponents fought to win. As a result, they're now looking at going out from several methods - the weather; a fighting match from NZ and/or the result of the Australia v Sri Lanka match. To be knocked out now will sum up England's Championship status and will also, as has been stated, save them from embarrassment against India.

  • POSTED BY jackthelad on | June 15, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    'Alastair Cook, Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott are doing their roles' ... which games have you been watching, Gnasher? The Sri Lanka game may well have been lost anyway, but defeat was assured when no.1 and no.3 came together and proceeded to tiptap away more than twenty overs, barely lifting a bat in anger. Thus, the hitters are left with no option but to hit more or less from the first ball, leaving them wide open to not-quite-set snicks etc. Now: ok, that's Trott's job, and he does it well; it is not Cook's - he's had a cow in the last few games, is clearly out of sorts, and seems to be trying to slowly bat himself into some kind of form - meanwhile squandering thirty or forty runs England should and could have scored. On his present form, he isn't worth his place (he's a very poor, tentative and over-conservative captain anyway); I fear England are set to crash out, not because they're a bad team, but because there is a kind of sclerosis at the top that prohibits invention.

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | June 15, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    Tredwell for Broad, and then England stand a better chance. Otherwise, another cake-walk for NZ. Mills, McClenaghan and Vettori are bowling really well, so unlike Boycott (who quipped during the Eng.-NZ series that England's batsmen have nothing to fear because NZ have no bowlers), I am saying now that England's batmen have much to fear and plenty of hard work to do.

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | June 15, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Southee has been out of form the last few games, perhaps he has had a niggle for a while? Bring in Elliot and share the 5th bowling option with Elliot, Williamson (perhaps all 10) and Franklin. Mills to open the batting for a slog, what is there to lose besides making our middle/lower order even stronger with Ronchi in his rightful position in the middle order.

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | June 15, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Let's hope NZ/the weather conspire to inconvenience England and send the more deserving Sri Lankans through. As I've said previously there are some good players in this side but few are convincing one day players and the middle order sloggers like Morgan and Buttler don't have the class of the likes of Dhoni and Raina. If England go out they will at least be spared embarrassment against India in a later round

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  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | June 15, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Let's hope NZ/the weather conspire to inconvenience England and send the more deserving Sri Lankans through. As I've said previously there are some good players in this side but few are convincing one day players and the middle order sloggers like Morgan and Buttler don't have the class of the likes of Dhoni and Raina. If England go out they will at least be spared embarrassment against India in a later round

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | June 15, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Southee has been out of form the last few games, perhaps he has had a niggle for a while? Bring in Elliot and share the 5th bowling option with Elliot, Williamson (perhaps all 10) and Franklin. Mills to open the batting for a slog, what is there to lose besides making our middle/lower order even stronger with Ronchi in his rightful position in the middle order.

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | June 15, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    Tredwell for Broad, and then England stand a better chance. Otherwise, another cake-walk for NZ. Mills, McClenaghan and Vettori are bowling really well, so unlike Boycott (who quipped during the Eng.-NZ series that England's batsmen have nothing to fear because NZ have no bowlers), I am saying now that England's batmen have much to fear and plenty of hard work to do.

  • POSTED BY jackthelad on | June 15, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    'Alastair Cook, Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott are doing their roles' ... which games have you been watching, Gnasher? The Sri Lanka game may well have been lost anyway, but defeat was assured when no.1 and no.3 came together and proceeded to tiptap away more than twenty overs, barely lifting a bat in anger. Thus, the hitters are left with no option but to hit more or less from the first ball, leaving them wide open to not-quite-set snicks etc. Now: ok, that's Trott's job, and he does it well; it is not Cook's - he's had a cow in the last few games, is clearly out of sorts, and seems to be trying to slowly bat himself into some kind of form - meanwhile squandering thirty or forty runs England should and could have scored. On his present form, he isn't worth his place (he's a very poor, tentative and over-conservative captain anyway); I fear England are set to crash out, not because they're a bad team, but because there is a kind of sclerosis at the top that prohibits invention.

  • POSTED BY souwesterly on | June 15, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    England chose to play against Sri Lanka as if they, in football terms, were playing for a draw, while their opponents fought to win. As a result, they're now looking at going out from several methods - the weather; a fighting match from NZ and/or the result of the Australia v Sri Lanka match. To be knocked out now will sum up England's Championship status and will also, as has been stated, save them from embarrassment against India.

  • POSTED BY darsh127 on | June 15, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    Is it possible to tie a big parachute or something around the whole ground and make it a indoor match. It wouldn't be a bad idea for when it rains.

  • POSTED BY LAKingsFan on | June 15, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    Cracker of a game on the cards if rain permits. In group A any of the 4 teams can qualify for the semis. Two excellent days of cricket are waiting.

  • POSTED BY MH19 on | June 15, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    Go the Black Caps and I am sure you will hurt England and send them out of the tournament making the nation cry.On the Other hand we Sri Lankans do not want rain against Australia as its a Do or Die quater final and the winners go to semis and thats how we want it to be does not matter who wins but a good contest is what matters

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | June 16, 2013, 0:48 GMT

    I hope the weather holds out and we can get a game in here. This should be a cracker of a game for the neutrals like myself. ... I think England clearly has the edge in batting and bowling, on paper. The Kiwi's don't play on paper though and somehow manage to annoy the hell out of the opposition by consistently playing so much better than they are supposed to be able to. .. I love them for that. .. they are like the little guy everyone thinks they can pick on but they find out quickly that this is one little guy who can take care of himself, thank you very much. ... As for England, well, like most Aussies, they are the team I love to hate. There's no doubt that I enjoy watching England go down, the more agonisingly the better. .. but it's all good clean fun fella's. .. no malice involved. I can appreciate the skills of your mob and certainly don't begrudge you your current success, it's just that it's a bucket-load of fun watching you lose occassionally. ...

  • POSTED BY dalboy12 on | June 16, 2013, 1:40 GMT

    Shame weather is ruining this tournament, always been a problem with 1-day cricket, and could have happened anywhere in the world. NZ shouldn't replace Southee with Elliot, if Southee is injured it will weaken the bowling too much. Elliot is part-time at best. Though I like having Elliot in the team for his batting. If Southee goes out I would look at Butler, as he is a good player in the the limited over games. And Bracewell, while a great test bowler, always seems to go for plenty in the limited over games. Elliot is really fighting out with Franklin, but they bat differently, Franklin can hit big, while Elliot is great at scoring at one end while the hitters bat around him. I would go Elliot as Franklin is not bowling at all and Elliot is the perfect guy for Taylor, the two McCullums etc to bat around. Be interesting if the conservative English approach will let them bowl Swann early at Guptil.