At Manchester, June 24 (day/night). No result (abandoned). England 3 pts, New Zealand 3 pts.
The opening game of the series was due to clash with a much-hyped European Championship football quarter-final between England and Portugal. But as it happened, high winds and squally showers through the afternoon left little appetite for cricket, and the game was finally abandoned shortly after 6 p.m. - well before the kick-off.