New Zealand XI v England XI, Twenty20, Whangarei

England's first tour game washed out

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February 4, 2013

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Match abandoned New Zealand XI 70 for 1 in 9.1 overs (Latham 23*, Woakes 1-15) v England XI
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Anton Devcich flicks the ball behind him, New Zealand XI v England XI, Twenty20, Whangerei, February 4, 2013
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England's first Twenty20 practice match against New Zealand XI was abandoned due to rain after only 9.1 overs were bowled in Whangarei. However, the match will be re-played at 1400 local time tomorrow.

Stuart Broad, the England Twenty20 captain, won the toss under grey skies and chose to field first. Hamish Rutherford, the New Zealand XI opener, made an aggressive start and scored 21 out of a 23-run opening stand with Anton Devcich, but he was out to Chris Woakes' first delivery. It was the only wicket to fall as Devcich and Tom Latham put on a 47-run stand before the rains came.

The squads featured two players who were making comebacks into their respective sides - Stuart Broad and Ross Taylor. Broad, playing his first competitive match after a heel injury forced him out of India tour after the Mumbai Test in November, bowled just seven balls in the innings.

Taylor, who last played for New Zealand during the Sri Lanka tour in November, did not get a chance to bat on Monday and will not be involved any further with the England warm-ups. Andrew Ellis, the New Zealand XI captain, said that Taylor had only been scheduled to play in the first match, before heading back to Hamilton in advance of the T20 series.

"Ross is nipping off back home, to pack some stuff up before the tour starts, and then he'll join the Black Caps," Ellis said. "Neil Broom is here, so I imagine he'll be a direct replacement."

Ellis added that he expected Taylor to slot back into the squad without any issues, after he was removed from the New Zealand captaincy and opted out of the South Africa tour. "It's always good to have 'Rosco' around," Ellis said. "He's got a big smile on his face, and he's a happy character. I think everyone has combined now to move forward and attack this series as a combined unit. I definitely get that feeling."

The teams are scheduled to play another practice match on Wednesday in Whangarei before moving over to Auckland for the first of three matches in the Twenty20 series.

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Posted by JG2704 on (February 5, 2013, 6:37 GMT)

@HereComesTheRooster on (February 5, 2013, 0:34 GMT) What a pleasant change it is to get some warm comms about England players etc. I did see a clip on Sky News showing various Eng players showing willing not just signing autographs but engaging in conversation which I feel makes a huge difference and kind of contradicts the spoilt brats image that some on here perceive them as having. It (seeing the Eng players liaising with NZ fans) reminded me of the good old days when many players would liaise with fans. Out of interest NZ went up in my book decades ago because of the courtesy and warmth Martin Crowe and John Wright showed when inviting me in the players lounge and were very obliging with autographs/photographs after a Somerset/Derbyshire JPL game. Those things you remember.

Posted by HereComesTheRooster on (February 5, 2013, 0:34 GMT)

I'm a NZ fan, but already can't help but admire the attitude of the English players, and commentary team. Seems they have managed to maintain a humility that their counterparts from other top cricket nations have lost a long time ago. Great to see the players out meeting the locals, and the commentators generous enough to give credit where it is due regardless of nationality. Can only hope Mark Nicholas, H.D Ackerman etc might take a few tips. I know who I'll be supporting for the Ashes

Posted by igorolman on (February 5, 2013, 0:25 GMT)

Is there ANYone who would pick Dernbach?

Posted by RandyOZ on (February 4, 2013, 23:57 GMT)

With the inevitable failure of the so-called 'new wave' of South Africans, England are looking increasingly weaker, and the inevitable slide is continuing. Can they stop it against a side who, like them, was crushed at the hands of South Africa.

Posted by RandyOZ on (February 4, 2013, 23:51 GMT)

The rain has saved England again, as it has for many of their lucky series wins recently. Well, not so recently if you include the South African and pakistan whitewashes.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (February 4, 2013, 23:29 GMT)

@SamuelH on (February 4, 2013, 15:05 GMT), I'm not convinced that England have their bowling plans right either but I think that that's a cheap shot at Broad. They have been bowling that way for quite some time and if it was just Broad's doing then surely Flower, Giles or Saker would have picked him up on it by now. If it is Broad's doing and none of the coaches have done anything about it - especially the bowling coach - then they aren't earning their money. Besides that, do they bowl any differently in ODIs? Is Broad captaining that side? Was Broad captaining the side in India, when you say that they also got whacked?

Posted by jmcilhinney on (February 4, 2013, 23:25 GMT)

@landl47 on (February 4, 2013, 14:03 GMT), that's a possibility but then players could injure themselves in a first class warmup game for a Test or even tripping over a boundary rope during practice. Everyone wants to avoid injuries but you can't wrap the players in cotton wool. There's a school of thought that if England had played the T20s and ODIs before the Tests in UAE against Pakistan then they may not have capitulated so meekly in that series because the short-format games would have given them a better chance to get used to conditions.

Posted by Trickstar on (February 4, 2013, 20:35 GMT)

@NickeyT Agree, with the discovery of Tredwell we'd normally play him with Swann, giving us two very good spin bowlers who can both bat but still like you say we need to get two spinners in and like you I'd get rid of Dernbach. I like the team you've picked, it gives us plenty of options and enables us to go both ways, say if it's spinning more or the oppo are struggling against spin we can bowl more overs of it, same for seam if spin isn't the answer we have Wright to cover. It's a shame both KP & Swann aren't playing because I'd have liked to have seen them all play together because we haven't seen much of it lately, the strongest T20 side playing. I'd have KP open, leave Lumb out and bring Swann in for Dernbach, would be a very good side.

Posted by Trickstar on (February 4, 2013, 20:26 GMT)

@ SamuelH Don't think the tactics are wrong at all, just the application is a bit missing on occasions. Batsmen nowadays all set themselves up for the good length and more often then not what would be considered a good ball in test cricket will go into the stands in T20, there's just so little room for getting it wrong nowadays, that's why back of a length and the middle of the pitch variations are more popular. Like I say the application let them down on occasions by bowling the ball too wide, letting the batsmen open his arms up. The bowlers have still got to put the ball in good areas, which are generally into the body or over the 4th/5th channel. Finn and Broad are usually very good at this mainly because of the extra bounce they get and pace. If the ball does swing for a few overs, sure put it up there and England usually do this more than most sides but still it can can disappear to the boundary.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

@landl47 - When England won the World T20 it did not look like they thought it was unimportant. All sport has to move with the times, if they continued with the longer form of the game only I imagine kids would get more and more uninterested and end up thinking football (soccer) was the only game worth watching. Sorry but T20 is a necessary evil! Live with it and Enjoy it.

Posted by Selassie-I on (February 4, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

Nice to see the match being replayed, something that should be done with internationals and domestics. Especially in England, last season was a farce with all the rain.

Looked like the NZXI could have put ona nice total there as well.

Posted by SDHM on (February 4, 2013, 15:05 GMT)

Even though it was only 9 overs, it still shows some worrying signs about Broad's captaincy if you ask me. The pitch was doing a bit first up, yet he had his seamers consistently whack the ball into the middle of the pitch, even Woakes, who is by no means pacey. Can't quite understand what England hope to achieve by this - it got them whacked in the WT20, it got them whacked whenever they tried it in India. Move on, for God's sake.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (February 4, 2013, 14:23 GMT)

@Front-Foot_lunge on (February 4, 2013, 12:09 GMT), odd that you say "as an England fan" and then refer to England fans as "them". You're not getting your identities mixed up are you? I don't think that anyone needs to worry too much about the first 9 overs of the first tour match. I seem to recall that England didn't do too well in the warmups to the recent India Test series and look how that turned out. As for team selection, I imagine that the selectors are looking at players rather than combinations at the moment. Dernbach has done a better job in T20s than ODIs so I'm not surprised to see him in the team but I'm still not convinced that he'll live up to the selectors expectations. I also agree that there needs to be another spin option regardless of conditions. It's been shown many times in many places that spin is effective in limited-overs cricket.

Posted by yorkshirematt on (February 4, 2013, 14:15 GMT)

Good news that the match is to be re-played. Would really like this to be introduced in county cricket, even if only for the T20. The logistics and number of matches scheduled during the tournament would be the issue though.

Posted by landl47 on (February 4, 2013, 14:03 GMT)

What worries me is that either side might lose a player to injury in one of these darned kiddie-cricket games. I don't want to see England or NZ weakened because someone hurt themselves playing hit-and-giggle. Leave that to India, who seem to think T20 is important.

Posted by Front-Foot_lunge on (February 4, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

Embarrassingly, as an England fan, to see Finn, once again going for close to 7 an over against a 'club' side. The hubris of English fans may well return to bite them if after the limited overs matches, if New Zealand then carry that winning form into the tests. Most thought it would be a walk in the park, but after the South African shellacking, I am afraid to say but I suspect New Zealand will find England a much easier prospect.

Posted by NickeyT on (February 4, 2013, 11:35 GMT)

Aaah! Stop picking Dernbach ! He's always expensive. And stop picking Bairstow... He's a Test cricketer, not a limited over one... You can just have a look at his stats, and you'll see...

That's how they should try it :

AD Hales, MJ Lumb, LJ Wright, EJG Morgan, J Root, JC Buttler†, S PATEL, CR Woakes, SCJ Broad*, JC Tredwell, ST Finn.

- 4 pace bowlers (including Wright) - 3 spin bowlers - a very strong batting line-up

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (February 4, 2013, 10:52 GMT)

Rain saves England after 9 overs in a T20? haaahaaha cmon.

Posted by JG2704 on (February 4, 2013, 9:25 GMT)

Rain may have saved England from a little embarrassment. I like what the one of the commentators said about spinners working well out there. I thought the selection of just the one spinner and no realistic options was really poor. Even in the T20WC we won , although our pacers were on good form then we also had Yardy to accompany Swann. I would say to have 2 specialist spinners in pretty much all shorter format games and to not even have Root or Patel as an option looked crazy to me. Did it come to anyone's surprise who our most expensive and most economical bowlers were in the overs which were played? Well played NZXL

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