England seek their first World Cup win over NZ in 32 years
1983 The last time England beat New Zealand in the World Cup, which was in the opening match of the 1983 edition. However, England lost their second group fixture against New Zealand in that World Cup and have ended up on the losing side in 1992, 1996 and 2007.
3-4 New Zealand's win-loss record against England since 2010 - exactly the opposite of their record against the team in the World Cup. The seven matches they have played against England since then is the least they have played against any Test team in the last five years. At the Westpac Stadium though, New Zealand have won both the ODIs they have played against England, the last of which was played in 2008.
46.51 Runs New Zealand's top order batsmen, excluding their openers (No. 3 to No. 7), have averaged per wicket since 2014 - the best among teams in this World Cup. Their strike rate of 98.02 is also the best. New Zealand have had 10 centuries from their batsmen batting at these positions which is the joint-highest with South Africa during this period. England batsmen from these positions, in comparison, average 29.87 and strike at 82.24.
12 Fifty-plus partnerships by England's openers in ODIs since 2014 - the joint-highest by any team. England openers put together a fifty-plus stand every 2.6 innings, which is the best rate by any team. They have been unable to convert these partnerships though, having had only once century stand out of the 12. New Zealand are at the bottom of this table, with only eight fifty-plus partnerships in 26 innings: their rate of 5.2 innings per partnership is exactly double of England's and the worst among top teams.
18.84 Bowling average of England's fast bowlers in their 11 ODI wins since 2014. No other team's fast bowlers have done better in wins. When England have lost, their fast bowlers have averaged 45.48 - 26 runs more than what they do in wins. England bowlers have taken three five-wicket hauls and two four-wicket hauls in these 11 wins.
54.00 James Anderson's bowling average against Brendon McCullum in ODIs. McCullum has hit 216 runs off 174 Anderson deliveries for a strike rate of 124 and has been dismissed only four times. Against other New Zealand batsmen in the current squad though, Anderson averages an excellent 16.25 and has an economy of 4.6 runs per six balls.
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139.66 Martin Guptill's batting average against England. His six innings against them have produced two hundreds and one fifty. He has scored 419 runs at a strike rate of 102.69, including an unbeaten 189 which is the highest individual score by a New Zealand batsman in ODIs. Luke Ronchi - who recently hit the highest score by a No.7 batsman in ODIs - has scored just 26 runs in four innings against England.
100.00 Ross Taylor's batting average at the Westpac Stadium, Wellington. In seven innings at this venue, Taylor has scored 300 runs with one century and two fifties. Kane Williamson too has done well at this venue with scores of 54, 88 and 55.
11.50 Bowling average of Mitchell McClenaghan - who hasn't been in New Zealand's starting eleven in their first-two matches in this World Cup - against England batsmen in their current squad. McClenaghan has taken eight England wickets in 135 balls and has given away 92 runs at an economy of 4.08. Overall against England, McClenaghan has taken 15 wickets at 15.33 runs apiece.
74.67 Joe Root's average against New Zealand bowlers in their current squad - he has hit 224 runs in 259 deliveries and has been dismissed three times. Overall, he has scored 292 runs against New Zealand at an average of 58.40 with three fifties.
Shiva Jayaraman is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo.com