New Zealand XI v England XI, T20, Whangarei

New Zealand XI edge past England in warm-up

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February 6, 2013

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New Zealand XI 171 for 7 (Latham 64, Devcich 33, Broad 3-24) beat England XI 170 for 5 (Morgan 51*, Buttler 51) by three wickets
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New Zealand XI's Tom Latham plays a sweep shot against England XI, New Zealand XI v England XI, T20 Tour match, Whangarei, February 6, 2013
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Solid performances from the top-order batsmen helped New Zealand XI pull off a thrilling three-wicket win over England XI in the second Twenty20 tour match in Whangerei on Wednesday. Set a target of 171, New Zealand XI managed a last-ball victory after losing the first practice match on Tuesday by 46 runs.

The stand-out performance for the hosts came from Canterbury batsman Tom Latham, who built on the good start by the openers Hamish Rutherford and Anton Devcich, scoring a brisk 64 off 38 balls. Subsequently, at one stage it looked like New Zealand would win with a few overs to spare.

However, England made a strong comeback, taking three wickets in seven balls to give themselves a shot at victory. Luke Ronchi and Latham were dismissed in the penultimate over by England captain Stuart Broad and Dernbach then dismissed Doug Bracewell off the first ball of the 20th over. It was left to pacers Matt Henry and Andrew Ellis to score the required runs in the final over.

New Zealand XI put up a better bowling performance compared to the first practice match and managed to keep the England batting in check till the 12th over when Jos Buttler joined Eoin Morgan at the crease. The two brought in their good form from the previous game, adding 87 runs in 8.2 overs before Buttler, who made an unbeaten half-century in the previous match, was dismissed for 51 off 31 balls by Neil Wagner.

England opener Michael Lumb said his side was not too disappointed with the tight finish. "We did drag it back well. They could have run away with it easily but we showed a bit of fight and I think it's a good sign we can take away. Unfortunately, we didn't get the result we wanted but the game went to the wire and that should hold us in good stead if we get some close games in the next few days."

Latham was disappointed about his dismissal but was relieved to be back among the runs. "I have been struggling a little bit this season, but I have started timing the ball better and getting into the right place," he said.

England will play New Zealand in the first of three Twenty20 internationals from February 9 in Auckland.

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Posted by JG2704 on (February 8, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

@R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (February 7, 2013, 22:36 GMT) Don't think we can purely blame Giles re lack of Yorkers. We were doing similar when Flower was in charge

Posted by JG2704 on (February 8, 2013, 9:27 GMT)

@CS - Tredwell went for similar runs to Finn in this match , so even when our number 1 spinner fails our number 1 pacer fails. I've just been through the economy rates (spin vs pace) from 2012 and only done home matches in T20/ODIs. I'm not surprised that spin comes out on top economywise but it is only 7-5 in favour of spin. However in 3 of these matches we had only one spinner/spin option and in 1 that was Patel. And this was purely in England. Patel is difficult to define but he is definitely more of a batsman than a bowler. His stats will tell you that. In T20s/ODIs he is as (if not more) effective as a bowler. Maybe he's somewhere in between a part timer and a full time spinner. In tests you could never call him a full timer. Re Saturday's side , I'd have Root in for Bairstow for sure and anyone for Jade but I can't see any more changes than that - and that's presuming they make these changes

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (February 8, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

@JG Yes and Tredwell went at 10... When there are only 20 overs these pace v spin statistics for a single match are meaningless. So, you are saying that Samit is in mainly as a batsman when we have all manner of young, talented batsmen to pack the middle order? It's true what you say about pace v spin. Often taking the pace off the ball is very effective (I believe that the best England figures in an ODI are still by Vic Marks opening the bowling v Aus, with 5-20) and spinners were not regarded as having a place in T20 initially until it was realised that they can be extremely economical. However, even so, not many sides will play 2 spinners unless the conditions are very favourable, which isn't that common in New Zealand: you normally want to reinforce your pace options. Anyway, no big issue. I just though don't feel that this side was the XI that we'll see playing on Saturday. We'll see. :-)

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (February 7, 2013, 22:36 GMT)

@JG2704 (post on February 7, 2013, 18:09 GMT): spot on mate. I think you'll find mostly spinners are dominating the shorter formats in bowling tables. People tend to only look in the wicket's column on score sheets for bowlers, which is fine for tests because 20 wickets wins a match - but for the shorter formats it's (mostly) economy rates all the way. Dernbach and the old out-of-form Broad may pick up wickets, but economy rates of 9+ in T20's aint going to win many games me thinks.

I have seen England's bowlers go through full short-form series without bowling a single yorker! Don't get it at all. Giles is it? Are you watching/reading mate?

Posted by   on (February 7, 2013, 19:33 GMT)

I cant beleive all the negative comments on here about this! Its 20/20 man! Who really cares.....NZ have always been an able side in the shorter form and can beat anyone on their day. Agreed it is not ideal but the tests are the main event and with a few tweaks the short form boys will be fine,not world beaters but fine. Ive learnt that you never underestimate NZ at home, solid and nuggety bunch who enjoy upsetting the applecart.McCullum and taylor are fine players and they have a decent pace attack if not scary in any way. They will certainly provide me with more nervous moments than the quite frankly awful Aussies.This next 12 months will be a bad time to be an Australian cricket fan! Randy Oz - I look forward to seeing your posts after you lose the ashes AGAIN! If M.Clarke gets injured we could see carnage!

Posted by JG2704 on (February 7, 2013, 18:09 GMT)

@CricketingStargazer on (February 7, 2013, 10:30 GMT) Eng played a full time spinner and a part time spinner and I would include t least 2 spinning options in every game. The pace bowlers took the wickets but by and large I reckon that if you looked at the pace vs spin stats for shorter formats the spin bowlers tend to be more economical. Even in these conditions our spinners had a better economy rate. The economy rate of the pacers was 8.83 and of the spinners was 8 - if 20 overs were bowled with those economy rate the scores would be 176 with 8.83 and 160 with 8. I would also say that - despite our top order not doing so well in these games - our bowling is of greater concern. We still posted 170 and you would back that to be a winning total in most T20 games I reckon. A couple of years ago you'd have backed our bowlers to defend such a total 90% of the time - not so sure now Anyone for Dernbach and Root for Jonny - another genuine bowling option

Posted by JG2704 on (February 7, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

@Trickstar on (February 6, 2013, 19:01 GMT) Not sure I agree totally with you re bowlers lengths. Alf Thomas was interviewed and he said the key was to mix everything up , inc slowies,Yorkers,back of a length,good length,bouncers ... . Maybe some of our bowlers bowl too much back of a length stuff where the batsmen knows what's coming and can set himself. Think it also depends on the pitch , the batsman , conditions etc

Re Finn/Tredwell - to me it's a worry if they go for runs because by and large they have been the rocks in the side

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (February 7, 2013, 10:30 GMT)

@jmc No, no one is making up reasons. I would just like to ask though, if this is the full XI, why are we playing two spinners on the lush green turf of New Zealand??? I would be amazed and a little perturbed if this is the balance of attack that we go with for the series (not withstanding that Samit Patel was our most economical bowler). As you say, the side was not good enough, but that is no excuse to press the panic button. Areas of concern? The top order has had two poor starts in the two matches. They need to do better. That may well lead to changes on Saturday. The middle order has twice had to dig them out. Steve Finn, our main aggresor, was expensive and his rhythm was not right. That though is what warm-up matches are for. People need realistic practice and, with it. you fix things and the better the opposition play, the better the practice. I'm not planning to start running around shouting "Don't panic! Don't panic!"

Posted by jmcilhinney on (February 7, 2013, 9:48 GMT)

@CricketingStargazer on (February 7, 2013, 9:09 GMT), while I agree that RandyUK is full of it, let's not start making up reasons for the loss. The England team was pretty much a full strength side based on the players in the squad. Personally, I'd like to see Woakes in for Dernbach but the selectors are as likely to persevere with Dernbach for the whole T20 series. Dernbach's figures in the first warmup were better than Woakes' so there's no real evidence that he would have got off better here and he wouldn't have batted. We might also see Root in for Patel but Root may also not have batted and is unlikely to have bowled better than Patel. The simple fact is that England didn't play well enough to win. That certainly doesn't mean that they won't win the series though, as we saw in India how much ordinary performances in warmups mean. T20 is volatile so losses can never be truly unanticipated but England should probably be favourites, although NZ are well in the hunt in this format.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (February 7, 2013, 9:09 GMT)

@RandyOz, old chap, a defeat in a warm-up off the last ball of the match when England fielded various probable reserves is hardly an unmitigated disaster! I would much rather see the side get realistic practice against motivated opposition, even if it leads to a narrow defeat, than thrash a team of schoolboys and go into the proper matches cold. Anyway, it's good to see you following England so assiduously. I am not unhappy with how things have gone in these two matches. Plenty of players showing some good form. The idea is to peak next June and maintain that peak past Christmas. It should be a good contest.

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (February 7, 2013, 4:23 GMT)

First south africa now our A team knocks off england are we all of a sudden world beaters

Posted by RandyOZ on (February 7, 2013, 0:18 GMT)

Another dismal performance from the lowly England. The inevitable slide continues!

Posted by D-Ascendant on (February 6, 2013, 22:32 GMT)

Two reasonably terrible short-format teams means that it should be a competitive series.

Posted by WonkyBail on (February 6, 2013, 22:15 GMT)

Every time I see Dernbach on the team sheet I go aaaargh! Tried and tested and not up to it, hopefully Woakes will get the nod in the proper games. The bowlers got a bit of a mullering last night but it is a warm up game, hopefully the generally promising batsmen's performances wil be replicated by the bowlers.

Posted by dingerway on (February 6, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

Thought the black craps were going to blow it,good one them for getting there though,Rutherford sure loves hitting the ball in the air in the majority of his strokes,you can only ride your luck so long.Long may his luck last.

Posted by oze13 on (February 6, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

Pitiful Performance. Finn needs to wise up!

Posted by Trickstar on (February 6, 2013, 19:01 GMT)

@SamuelH Second time I've read you go on about whacking the ball in short is the wrong tactic and it's all Broad's tactics. Like I said before, you're wrong, back of the length bowling is exactly the right tactic to use in this form of the game. Didn't you watch the game or any T20 match the past couple of years, good length balls, go for 6 simple as that, it's exactly what batsmen are looking for. As a bowler, you're looking to not give a batsmen any width to free their arms, so the best bet is to drop the length back and bowl into the batsman's body or around 4th stump. Unless you've got a guy like Malinga who can bowl loads of different yorkers, it's the only way to bowl imo. Even Malinga is bowling less conventional yorkers and now bowls wide ones and slower ones because batsmen can set up to smack yorkers by standing well back in their crease. It's so hard for bowlers nowadays with field restrictions & the improvements batsmen have made hitting good deliveries.

Posted by Trickstar on (February 6, 2013, 18:48 GMT)

The NZ'ers really deserved it and if we'd have somehow would have nicked it at the end wouldn't have been right. For some reason Finn had a poor day, he got called for a no ball early on that wasn't by a 3 inch or more and his extra pace & bounce just seemed to come on to the bat really well on this pitch. It was obvious after watching the NZers bowl that the faster you bowled the easier it was to hit. The positives for England were Broad looks in good form, bowling over 140k's & with all his variations, took an amazing flying one handed catch as well. Lumb played well & Buttler seem to go from strength to strength, some of his shots are amazing, he can literally hit 6's all round the ground which is a massive headache for the oppo. Morgan played well again and seems to be in really good touch for the one day series. Tredwell went for a few too many but sometimes that can happen as a spinner. Hales couldn't middle a ball today & Bairstow shouldn't play, neither should Dernbach.

Posted by Jordanious77 on (February 6, 2013, 15:01 GMT)

Although only 1 or 2 of the players in the NZ XI will be playing in the black caps t20 side, (one being rutherford who was just using this as a warm-up), half of these players are most likely good enough to wear a black jersey..

In fact i think you could argue that the 2nd XI is as good or even better than the 1st XI. Had good openers getting us off to a good start and a middle order being able to score runs quickly. Something the black caps seem to struggle to do.

And although the loss should be worrying for the brits, it's not the end of the world. I'd almost bet money that the "blackcaps" would have lost this match.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2013, 14:02 GMT)

@CricketingStargazer...Fair comment that makes sense.. Thanks

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (February 6, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

@Jod, I think that the reasoning for having only a single 3-day game is that a lot of the squad will have already been playing limited overs and practicising, so most of them will be fairly attuned to cricket in New Zealand conditions by then. It's only the players who have not played or have hardly featured who will need a work-out. This is a much more sensible tour format in my opinion than tacking on the limited overs to the end of the tour as an afterthought. Previously, at least in England, the ODIs were played as a Test series warm-up and that seemed to work well.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

Posted by SamRoy on (February 6, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

"Can anyone tell me why England are playing so many practice T20 matches? It is not test cricket that one needs to practice for 3 weeks. Who cares if they lose the T20 series? Unless it is the World Cup, of course. Just have fun, I thought was the motto of T20 cricket. But playing 2-3 practice T20 matches is bordering on the ridiculous. "

I think is due to the format of the tour, shorter matches first and tests later.. After all the squads are different..

That said there is only one "warm up" match of the longer format before the three test series

Posted by SamRoy on (February 6, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

Can anyone tell me why England are playing so many practice T20 matches? It is not test cricket that one needs to practice for 3 weeks. Who cares if they lose the T20 series? Unless it is the World Cup, of course. Just have fun, I thought was the motto of T20 cricket. But playing 2-3 practice T20 matches is bordering on the ridiculous.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (February 6, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

@EdGreen on (February 6, 2013, 11:43 GMT), while I'm sure that England would like to win as many games as they can, it's important to remember that warmup games are just preparation for the real thing and the results don't actually matter. Wright is obviously considered a sixth bowler so I reckon that they wanted to give their preferred five bowlers their full quota to give them as much game time as possible, even if it meant losing. We know that Wright will be there for his batting so his bowling will be an option on the day regardless so get the main bowlers as ready as possible or know as much as possible that they're not ready (ahem... Dernbach).

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (February 6, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

To be honest. it should not come as a massive surprise to anyone to see Jade Dernbach more at home on New Zealand's juicier, more bowler-friendly surfaces. Whether or not this should be a factor in selection as it is pretty clear that he is not one for the future, I don't know. I would hate to see Dernbach playing ahead of Woakes because I don't think that it is a positive investment for the future. Incidentally, is it likely that we will play 2 spinners regularly in New Zealand? I would have thought not! Hence I would be quite surprised if we play both Samit and Tredwell on Feb 9.

Posted by EdGreen on (February 6, 2013, 11:43 GMT)

With Finn and Tredwell getting tap (and JD expensive) why on earth didn't we try giving Luke Wright a bowl?

Posted by   on (February 6, 2013, 11:33 GMT)

Posted by Baabaa76 on (February 6, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

"A team who beat SA in a one day series, in SA, just a couple of weeks ago"

Yes NZ do seem to be able to produce results in the shorter form of the game but they have had some recent hidings in the Test arena...

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (February 6, 2013, 10:57 GMT)

"This game we played what looks more like the reserve attack."

I think only Ellis is likely to play in the ODi and T20 although neither he or Butler shone in either game...

Certainly the same side, with the exception of Woakes for Dernbach for the first T20....

Posted by Dzubelyu on (February 6, 2013, 11:13 GMT)

I'm glad to see that the NZ top order is finally showing some kind of promise, but I'm still frustrated by how many new players they seem to be thrusting into the international side every damn season. (Ian) Butler and Elliott should never have been dropped, and people like Neesham, Hira and Nicol shouldn't be anywhere near the international side. Looking forward to seeing more of Rutherford and Latham, just so long as they're not dropped after 2 seasons.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (February 6, 2013, 11:00 GMT)

It was an excellent last two overs from Broad and Dernbach to make it tight in the end but NZ XI looked to be on target right up to then. England know that they haven't had a great day with the ball when Samit Patel is their most economical bowler. That said, good on him for making a significant contribution after not getting to bat. You can't read too much into Hales low scores given that he was run out today. The bowling is a little bit more of a concern and they'll be looking for improvement from Finn and Tredwell in particular. Hopefully they won't be looking for improvement from Dernbach because he won't be in the team, but I won't be shocked if they do pick him. I'd be OK with this team but Woakes in for Dernbach and maybe Root in for Patel.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (February 6, 2013, 10:57 GMT)

@Selassie-I I think the policy has been to try to give everyone in the squad at least one game. That means a few players missing one of the two. This game we played what looks more like the reserve attack.

Posted by Baabaa76 on (February 6, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

@Front-Foot_lunge - NZ may not have the depth of the English leagues, but that was far more than a 'club' side full of 'journeymen'! It may have just been called an NZ XI, but was effectively the NZ 2nd XI. The age of the squad was pretty similar to the English side, a good mixture of youth and experience. Many of them have played for the Black Caps, and many more will soon. For them it was their chance to push for national selection, so they would have been giving no quarter, and nor should they when playing an International team. Yes, English fans should be worried by the loss though, as only a couple of the players are in the full squad to play next week! A team who beat SA in a one day series, in SA, just a couple of weeks ago.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (February 6, 2013, 10:15 GMT)

"Lets not forget that NZ are not a bad team. Everyone remembers that cruching test match victory for NZ against australia in australia, not long ago."

Im sorry but imo NZ are not a good side, after all they are bottom of the list with the exception of Bangladesh...They did beat Australia at the end of 2011 in a rain effected green topper of a match by 7 runs...Im pleased for them that Ross Taylor looks likely to be back. He is a class act...

Back on the Dernbach debate (one sided) Woakes should definitely been given a go but i still can understand why a better bowler both average and rpo and better batter than both (woakes has 2 no in his 3 inn) and better fielder has been omitted ..?

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (February 6, 2013, 10:15 GMT)

Lets not forget that NZ are not a bad team. Everyone remembers that cruching test match victory for NZ against australia in australia, not long ago.

Posted by SDHM on (February 6, 2013, 10:12 GMT)

Mogs & Buttler have rescued the top order twice in these practice games, which is a bit worrying. Hales should be chock-full of confidence after such a good time in an England shirt recently & his BBL outings, but looks a bit skittish. The imminent return of KP perhaps has him worrying for his place. You'd think Lumb would be the one to go when KP comes back in, but he played nicely today. Still has exactly the same problem Kieswetter did though - too many dot balls. It was a droppable offence for CK. Aside from Dernbach I wouldn't worry too much about the bowling - Finn & Tredwell got a bit of tap, but anyone can go round the park in a T20, & I won't read too much into Broad's performances in this form of the game - anyone can pick up cheap wickets in T20, although he is looking better than he did. Still think he needs to rethink his tactics as captain mind you - whacking the ball in short isn't going to work!

Posted by Selassie-I on (February 6, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

@ Posted by scritty on (February 6, 2013, 9:16 GMT) - Completley agreed, JD simply does nto have the control to bowl in any form of international cricket. His only variation seems to be the slower ball and it's simply not enough any more, he's been found out and needs to go and work on something new.

Finn and Tredwell are allowed an off day. they've both been great over the India tour and yesterday's game, so fair play. Maybe they should try to avoid doing it on the same day though.

Again great from Morgy and Jos, Morgy certainly is due a good run of form and Jos is looking undroppable in the short forms now. Him and Root have been great finds this winter, a year ago we thought we had too many decent bowlers, now it's looking like we have a load of good batsmen and are a seamer short.

Why didn't Woakes play? he did well the other day.. and GREAT to see Broady back doing well, only 2 matches I know, but hopefully he's on an upwards curv to peak in the Ashes!

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (February 6, 2013, 9:46 GMT)

Jos again in the runs but dernbach has to go. No doubt.

Posted by Front-Foot_lunge on (February 6, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

As an England fan, it's becoming apparent, that after a loss to a 'club' side the difference between some fans opinion of the current side and their performance is getting wider buy the day. Shocking to lose, even a T20, to a 'journeyman outfit'. But the persistence with players like the south african Dernbach only show that the replacements are not ready, this vaunted depth Vaughan was talking about is just not there. With the Ashes coming, perhaps we need to scour the transvaal once more.

Posted by Photoelectric on (February 6, 2013, 9:21 GMT)

Good to see NZ openers get some runs, the batting was good on such a large field from both teams!

Posted by JG2704 on (February 6, 2013, 9:20 GMT)

Well played NZ and may I say what a beautiful ground this match was played in. As an England fan I'm particularly worried about our bowling. Dernbach is pretty much always expensive but worrying is that our 2 most consistent bowlers in recent months (Finn and Tredwell) are shipping runs. Nice to see Morgan and Jos (our 2 most inovative batsmen in absence of KP) on form and I hope Jos continues his good run. Finally I do wonder about Broad's captaincy (field placings) which may have been a little rigid. Too many 2s in the mid/late overs - maybe not allowing for such a big outfield

Posted by scritty on (February 6, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

Dernbach? Really? Do England think these international batsman have a weakness against the wide long hop or full toss a foot down leg side? If so Dernbach is your man! If not, WTH is he doing still playing!

Posted by   on (February 6, 2013, 9:03 GMT)

Finn did not bowl to his best certainly and got a bit of tap for a change but i remain astounded that the selectors stick with the woeful Dernbach, who continues to bowl like a club cricketer... Buttler is a pleasure to watch with his power and the flicks over the 'keepers head are quite audacious...

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (February 6, 2013, 8:10 GMT)

More wickets for Stuart Broad, but, Steve Finn took some punishment. Well played to the Black Caps for holding their nerve. Plenty of encouragment for England in these two matches, although the top order seems to be struggling a little.

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