NZ v Eng, Group A, Wellington February 19, 2015

England seek their first World Cup win over NZ in 32 years

England have not beaten New Zealand in the World Cup since 1983, but have a decent record against them in recent games

Martin Guptill has hit 419 runs in six innings against England, including an unbeaten 189 - the highest ODI score by a New Zealand batsman © Getty Images

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.

England fast bowlers - wins v losses
Result Mat Wkts Ave Econ SR 4 5
 Won  11  77  18.84  4.89  23.1  2  3
 Lost  20  87  45.48  5.92  46  3  1

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.

James Anderson v Brendon McCullum
Conceded Balls Wkts Ave SR Eco
  Brendon McCullum  216  167  4  54  41.75  7.76
 other NZ batsmen  260  349  16  16.25  21.81  4.46

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.

Top New Zealand batsmen v England
Batsman Inns Runs Ave SR 100s 50s
  Brendon McCullum  26  815  37.04  109.1  0  7
  Ross Taylor  23  658  31.33  73.68  1  4
  Martin Guptill  6  419  139.66  102.69  2  1
  Kane Williamson  7  255  36.42  83.6  0  3
  Grant Elliott  10  202  22.44  66.66  0  1

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.

Top New Zealand bowlers v England
Bowler Inns Wkts Ave Eco
  Daniel Vettori  24  25  29.28  3.97
  Kyle Mills  18  22  33.72  4.79
  Tim Southee  9  20  22.05  5.37
  Mitchell McClenaghan  5  15  15.33  5.36
  Grant Elliott  10  10  9.5  4.07

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.

Top England batsmen v New Zealand
Batsman Inns Runs Ave SR 100s 50s
  Ian Bell  22  646  29.36  73.49  0  3
  Joe Root  7  292  58.4  87.68  0  2
  Ravi Bopara  10  222  22.2  62.71  0  1
  Eoin Morgan  9  155  17.22  80.72  0  0
  Stuart Broad  16  82  5.85  57.74  0  0

Shiva Jayaraman is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo.com

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  • Kevin on February 20, 2015, 0:50 GMT

    So, depending on whether the Pom quicks have a good day or off day - NZ will get rolled for 200 or be 5-300 after their 50 overs. No medium ground.

  • Jordan on February 19, 2015, 8:59 GMT

    So.... In other words. NZ > England in every way except (possibly) the openers? (Which would work if Guptil and McCullum didnt have amazing records against England) -Guptil averaging 139 against England and McCullum loving Anderson especially- Considering Guptil is coming into form I think England will be VERY weary of him taking this game away from them. all the while England have to worry about McCullum not bashing a 50 ball 100, Williamson cruising to a runaball 50, Ross Taylor and Elliot adding insult to injury or Anderson & Ronchi's potential to absolutely carve England up. So yeah... not only do England have to worry about Guptil, but every single other player in the NZ team.. Trent the left armer (forgot Eng struggle vs left armers) And Southee who averages under 20 vs them. GL england, you'll need it.

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