New Zealand v England, 1st ODI, Hamilton

New faces, same close contest

The Preview by Alan Gardner

February 16, 2013

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Match facts

February 17, 2013
Start time 2pm (0100 GMT)

James Anderson took two wickets in a probing early spell, England v South Africa, 5th NatWest ODI, Trent Bridge, September, 5, 2012
James Anderson will be one of several players returning to one-day colours for England © AFP
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From the frenetic, electro-pop noodling of T20, the series settles into a more traditional rhythm ahead of the hoped-for operatic sweep of the Tests - an ideal way to build up through the formats during a tour. The ODIs will provide us with a burst of prog rock, as maligned as it is apparently outdated but still capable of moving the faithful. And, given 50-overs cricket is traditionally New Zealand's strongest suit, a decent contest could provoke some contented toe-tapping and beard-stroking among onlookers.

England do not have a great ODI record in New Zealand, having only twice won bilateral series there, the last in 1992. They will also have to deal with one of the side effects of modern format juggling, as almost half the side, including the top three, will come in cold, having not played a match on tour. In the cases of Jonathan Trott, James Anderson and Graeme Swann, their last competitive outing came in the Nagpur Test in mid-December. England may have come up with a method to coax their corps through the international calendar but, as Australia have recently discovered, constant tinkering can be just as damaging as losing players to injury.

The New Zealand side will also have a slightly different make-up to the T20s, though the likes of BJ Watling, Kane Williamson and Kyle Mills have been able to play domestic cricket since returning from South Africa. Ross Taylor missed New Zealand's surprise ODI series win on that tour but his return, provided he can find some form, should strengthen an already capable outfit. There is a good blend of youth and experience in the squad and, despite England's lofty ODI ranking (second to India on decimal points), Brendon McCullum will be hoping his side can land a few more blows before the Tests.

With Ashley Giles still wearing out the creases in his new England gilet, having taken over as limited-overs coach last month, there will be plenty of lessons to learn in conditions that will be more reflective of those at home, where the final edition of the Champions Trophy will be held later this year. A 3-2 defeat in India was no disgrace but a few quandaries - such as the wicketkeeping position and candidates for No. 7 - remain. For McCullum and Mike Hesson, another new team, the priority is simple: win.

Form guide

(Most recent first, completed matches)
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In the spotlight

Kane Williamson is one of New Zealand's most promising batsmen but he struggled to cope with the demands of playing in all three formats in 2012. Dropped from the T20 team for the South Africa tour, he returned to limited-overs international cricket batting at No. 3 in the Kimberley ODI and made his highest score of 145 not out in a series-clinching win. New Zealand have several dashers and diligent allrounders but Williamson adds class to the batting line-up.

He has rapidly developed into England's T20 explosives expert, but Jos Buttler is still learning on the job as wicketkeeper, a position that Alastair Cook confirmed he will hang on to for the ODIs despite the presence of Jonny Bairstow in the squad. Buttler has only played three ODIs and has a maximum of six to cement his place as keeper for the Champions Trophy. The prospect of giving him an extra 30 overs in which to wreak destruction with the bat is also tantalising.

Team news

Taylor will come back into the side at No. 4 and he could find himself spending plenty of time in the middle with McCullum, who has moved to No. 5 to balance the demands of captaincy and wicketkeeping. New Zealand face a straight choice between playing one of the two other allrounders in the squad, Colin Munro and Andrew Ellis, or Trent Boult.

New Zealand (probable) 1 Martin Guptill, 2 BJ Watling, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Brendon McCullum (capt & wk), 6 Grant Elliott, 7 James Franklin, 8 Nathan McCullum, 9 Kyle Mills, 10 Trent Boult, 11 Mitchell McClenaghan

They may not be comparable in terms of style but England will welcome back the reliable presence of Trott in place of the rested Kevin Pietersen. The conditions could be ripe for Chris Woakes to showcase his all-round skills at No. 7, while Anderson, Stuart Broad and Swann should slot back in after missing the India series. Steven Finn, meanwhile, could debut a new, shortened run-up to try and combat his habit of knocking the stumps in his delivery stride.

England (probable) 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Ian Bell, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Joe Root, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Chris Woakes, 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 James Anderson, 11 Steven Finn

Pitch and conditions

The teams head back up to Hamilton, venue for the second T20, where New Zealand's pitch-it-up swing trumped England's hit-the-deck aggression. The sunny weather is expected to continue and, considering the effect of the ball under lights earlier in the week, the team winning the toss may fancy having first crack at the short boundaries.

Stats and trivia

  • On their only previous ODI appearance at Seddon Park, in 2008, England were thrashed by ten wickets in a rain-shortened game, as Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder knocked off the target of 165 in 18.1 overs.
  • That was New Zealand's last win in Hamilton - they've lost to India, Australia and Pakistan since then. Overall their record there is won 10, lost four, with one no-result.
  • Ian Bell became the seventh English player to score 4000 ODI runs during the final match against India last month. Graeme Swann needs two more wickets to reach 100.


"We've just come off a series win in South Africa. Ross Taylor has been added to that mix. He gives us strength and quality in middle order. And our bowling unit has some experience and some good aggressive youth as well."
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson says New Zealand has what it takes to more than challenge England in the one-dayers

"Belly and I played a couple of weeks ago, so the other guys are probably a little bit underdone ... But they're world-class players who've played here before. So it shouldn't be too much of a problem."
England captain Alastair Cook on the returning Trott, Anderson and Swann

"I like playing ODI cricket. There's a 50-over World Cup in 2015, which we're working towards. I think it's a good game, and as we saw in India, in the series we've just played, you can have some really exciting finishes and exciting games of cricket. Long may it continue, hopefully."
England quick Steven Finn voices his support of the one-day international format

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Posted by JG2704 on (February 17, 2013, 3:03 GMT)

@Min2000 on (February 16, 2013, 1:14 GMT) I think no one really cared about the 1st and 3rd T20 but plenty of neutrals seemed to care about the 2nd game

Posted by JG2704 on (February 17, 2013, 3:02 GMT)

@CricketingStargazer - I find it hard to see how an organisation like ICC would find a system where away points = more etc is too complicated but I'll take your word for it. In an ideal world all teams would be playing each other consecutively. I do find the comms funny criticising that team A has played easier sides or has played more games etc because when a team plays so called easier series it stands to take less points per series win and the points are worked out from dividing the points by the matches played so you are not penalised for not playing so many matches. SA were (before becoming number 1) said by many on here to be deserving number 1s because of the series they play away. Those people shied away from further debate when I pointed out that SA had played significantly more matches at home comp to away. That being said SA are probably as good away from home so playing at home isn't such a big advantage

Posted by Bishop on (February 17, 2013, 0:25 GMT)

Why is Watling not keeping if he is in the side? I also despair with so many "bits and pieces" players like Franklin and Elliot in the squad. I know players who can bat and bowl can be a real asset, and both these I mention have not done badly of late, but I would much rather see specialists who can really take the game to the opposition, not guys who will (hopefully) 'get by'. Cricketers should be selected on their primary ability first - if they bat or bowl a bit as well, that's a bonus, but bowlers who can't bat, and batsmen who can't bowl are much preferable to allrounders who aren't really good enough at either discipline.

Posted by Beige_and_blue on (February 16, 2013, 23:48 GMT)

I would like to see Rutherford retained for this series, given his performances in the T20 games. NZ may be missing a trick here

Posted by jackiethepen on (February 16, 2013, 23:08 GMT)

You can be too cute and so is your summary of ODIs as prog rock. Speak for yourself maybe? If England can get up and running this should be a good Series because NZ have just defeated SA in SA. But England cricketers must be a bit miffed to have no practice game to prepare them, especially Jimmy, Swann and Trott. The England squad will still be adapting to conditions and of course jet lag. No warm up match yet three for the t20s. Who organised this Tour? No time for Ashley to even look at his players before they are out in the middle!!

Posted by 5wombats on (February 16, 2013, 22:38 GMT)

I like England for this series. We have the bowlers. Ok they lack a bit of match fitness - but I think the unit - with Anderson, Swann, Finn, Broad will have too much for the Kiwis on this occasion. Also, in the t20's the Kiwis showed that they are a bit prone to getting out to the short pitched stuff - so they'll get some of that in the ODI's too. The batting.... I don't like Trott in this format, said so here before, for me he a Test match batsman. If Buttler and Root actually do play then that will be interesting to watch.

We won the ODI series in South Africa (2-1) and we won the ODI series V Pakistan in the UAE (4-0), the conditions in these places are very different one from the other. Finn in particular was very impressive on the flat tracks of the UAE. For me there is nothing to suggest that we should not go on to win this away series in New Zealand. Mind you - this is England and they are notoriously inconsistent in this format!

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (February 16, 2013, 21:21 GMT)

@JG They claim that it would be too complicated to give more credit for away series. I think that giving the away side a 10-15% points bonus and the home side a 10-15% points penalisation would be perfectly feasible and quite fair. Win an away series in India, or Australia, or England is not easy and should be rewarded. Sides should get less credit for winning at home. Instead of a 1-0 home win being enough to gain points, sides will have to push for 2-0, whereas a side that draws 1-1 away will get as much credit as for a 1-0 home win.

Posted by JG2704 on (February 16, 2013, 21:07 GMT)

@Parth Patel on (February 16, 2013, 5:13 GMT) Like it was not possible to win the T20 series without KP in the side?

@TripleCenturian on (February 16, 2013, 8:27 GMT) Agree 100% - for none of the 3 to have been tried in recent times seems sad

@AKS286 on (February 16, 2013, 10:42 GMT) England won't rest their ODI captain

@CS - I did all the home vs away series with someone else and I think over the last 4 years we had played 3 more tests at home (comp to away) or something like that which would have changed as this was before our tours of India and now. Do ICC definitely not cater for where a series is played? It would seem strange as surely they would recognize that it's a much tougher ask for a sise like Eng or Aus to win in the SC than at home and vice versa? Agree with the tournament structure T20 , ODI then tests

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (February 16, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

It's odd to think that people say that this is the Black Caps' best format but, at the same time, they are ranked #8 and that a 2-1 England win will be, as @jmc points out, a rankings disaster for England. If there were one change that I would make in the rankings, it would be to weight away series more than home series. It would also end suggestions that England only do well in the rankings by loading their fixture list with home series, which is demonstrably false anyway! In practice though, changing the weighting for home and away series is actually not so easy to do, although one way is simply to give, for example, 15% more points to the away side and 15% fewer to the home side for a given result on the points formula.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (February 16, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

Personally, in these days of compressed tours, I prefer this type of schedule. Start with the shortest format and work up, getting players acclimatised progressively. By the Tests everyone will be used to conditions and the time difference and atuned to playing. In the warm-up match you only need to play your Test XI and give everyone a good work-out as everyone has already played a few games and had endless nets. It is better thought-out preparation than the UAE tour. No excuses if players are not ready.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (February 16, 2013, 18:29 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks on (February 16, 2013, 16:36 GMT), personally, I get a bit sick of people talking about this team and that team not deserving their rankings. Either you believe in the ranking or you don't. If you think that England will deserve the #1 ranking of they get it then there's no legitimate reason to say that India don't deserve it now because that attained it under the same rules as England would. People can get a bit carried away because the #1 ranked team isn't always necessarily the team that's playing the best right now but that's because the ranking system tries to take into account how each team has faired against all others over a period of time. If India are ranked above everyone else then it's because they've done better than everyone else according to the rules of the ICC rankings. Given that NZ are ranked 8, England are going to have to win 3-0 to improve on the rankings. Even a 2-1 win would see them stay at #2 but drop 3 points.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (February 16, 2013, 18:14 GMT)

@electric_loco_WAP4 (post on February 16, 2013, 11:17 GMT): I wouldn't wonder too hard mate... I would say it would barely register with any test fans what goes down in an ODI series. You're as bad as people saying that Australia are going to struggle in the Ashes just because England beat them in the last ODI series in England.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (February 16, 2013, 17:56 GMT)

Amazing thought that we have not won an ODI series in New Zealand since 1991/92 (3-0). Time to end that sequence, which would be a quite decent series result showing further progress by the side. It will probably be tight and England can ill-afford brain-fades as shown in the second T20 or against India. A win will also be an important statement before the Test series.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2013, 17:45 GMT)

@jmchilleny Just my traditionalist viewpoint. England try hard to get matchfit but 1 FC game isn't enough. Yes - play the ODIs if you want but I'd rather they started with 3 FC games if the hosts could get opponents - difficult I know given domestic commitments - but & here's my main gripe ODI cricket, other than as a runout is that only - the test players can't get in nick in such a limited format rushing around the country. ODIs have a place but no precedence. Unfortunately you can't usually get away with losing the first test when underprepared and hope to catch up on the next 2 (in a 3 test series) - there was a bit a leeway in India with 4 tests. ODIs at the end are far better - fly out a new squad if the main one is jaded. All this is just opinion - I won't be staying up till 1 am to watch it whereas I'll watch test cricket for hours. Each to his own

Posted by skilebow on (February 16, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

Surajdon9 - I don't think you can risk trot and root sharing 10 overs. Woakes instead of Bairstow (his time will come) my 11 would be the same as cricinfos

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (February 16, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

other than KP for Root at 4 this is probably the best England ODI 11 I expect them to whitewash New Zealand here.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

@Surajdon9 why have Trott and Root sharing 10 overs? Why not just add a bowler who can bat a bit (eg Woakes) to the ten you selected.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (February 16, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

I can't wait to see poms win this game n climb to no.1 position coz India don't deserve to be there. Go ENGLAND !!!!

Posted by Kula_Bowls_Inswing on (February 16, 2013, 16:24 GMT)

If McCullum is struggling to cope with both captaincy and 'keeping, then why not give Watling the gloves, or, even better, play Ronchi? Surely he qualified in January? McCullum is wasted at 5.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (February 16, 2013, 15:00 GMT)

@Neil Robinson on (February 16, 2013, 13:39 GMT), why exactly do you say "as usual"? I'd say that England prepare better than most for their tours generally and not having a warmup for the ODIs in this case is unusual.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2013, 13:39 GMT)

As a warm up for proper cricket - OK. England supporters take a look at NZ domestic cricket - check out Tim Southee's performance in current 'real' game - opposition may not be the strongest but wickets AND runs in preparation count if only for confidence - plus good long bowling spells needed for test cricket. England, as usual will be undercooked if not careful regardless of a bit of hit and giggle : 1 FC 4 day match is not enough - could come a cropper in Dunedin

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (February 16, 2013, 11:17 GMT)

The first of 3 ODI thrashing is waiting to be dished out to England... Wonder what a body blow for Eng it will be before the tests to be whitewashed 3-0 by opponents you are about to meet in tests...

Posted by AKS286 on (February 16, 2013, 10:42 GMT)

very good news no dernbach & patel. cook must be rested this will give Hales a chance. my team Hales, Root, Bell, morgan, Compton, Bairstow, wright, swann, finn, anderson, topley

Posted by siddhartha87 on (February 16, 2013, 10:17 GMT)

Hales should be given a chance.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (February 16, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

Playing Xi for England Should Be: Cook











Trott, Root have to share 10 overs between them.

Posted by gsingh7 on (February 16, 2013, 8:28 GMT)

without kp this is a lost cause for english team as even with him they lost last few series in india, and without sa imports as kp and dernbach they have no chance in odis, which are their worst format(0 wc)

Posted by TripleCenturian on (February 16, 2013, 8:27 GMT)

The top four in the likely England line up worries me, especially with the early Powerplay o take advantage of and two hard new balls that will travel quickly earlier in the innings. Much as I admire Cook, Root, Bell and Trott as proper technical batsmen, I think there has to be room for a biffer in the top three and to discard the likes of Hales, Lumb and Wright after decent t20 matches seems a mistake to me. We need a mix of players and his looks too similar with the next three due in also being the guys who can clear the ropes like Buttler, Morgan and Bairstow. If Bairstow is not to keep wicket then push him up the order perhaps so we mix it up a bit

Posted by Trickstar on (February 16, 2013, 6:43 GMT)

@Parth Patel I like seeing KP play as much as anyone but don't talk daft, England have a fair few series without him the past year, against better teams than NZ.

Posted by anver777 on (February 16, 2013, 5:22 GMT)

This ODI series is Ross's best opportunity to re gain his lost form.. he's an important member of this NZ setup, needs to score regularly for them.... wish this series will shown live for sub-continent fans !! Good luck for both teams !!!

Posted by   on (February 16, 2013, 5:13 GMT)

Where is KP? Why would he be lft out? Without him England cannot win!

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