New Zealand face England in the first t-20 encounter of this series.
The two teams have developed quite the rivalry off-late after the World cup final this year between the two teams was won by England on the count of fours hit by them after the game and the super over ended in a tie.
The tour and this game is a big opportunity for sides to sort out their t-20 squad before the world cup next year.
England will play 5 t-20s and 2 test matches in their upcoming tour and will be looking at finding a way to beat NZ who are a difficult side to beat at home
The warm up games saw England win one of the games and New Zealand X1 seal one victory
New Zealand Team News:
New Zealand recently beat Sri Lanka in the month of September and they have been winning a lot in this format having won their last three series in the format including the win over India earlier in the year.
Kane Williamson is missing in the series like he did against Sri Lanka as he still battles a hip injury which has made the selectors be cautious and not risk one of the best batsmen in this series. Trent Boult is also not going to play the first few games.
Tim Southee will lead the side in his absence as he did successfully in Sri Lanka though Williamson’s absence will add pressure on their batsmen to raise their game.
Colin Munro looked in great form against England in the last warm-up match where he smashed an unbeaten century.
England Team News:
This is their first action under new head coach Chris Silverwood, who has replaced Trevor Bayliss, this is something of an experimental team for the tourists who are blooding talented youngsters
Dawid Malan, Sam Billings and Saquib Mehmood are going to try and push their case for a selection
Patrick Brown and Tom Banton are going to be given an opportunity in this game to show what they can add to the setup
New Zealand Expected XI:
Colin Munro, Tim Seifert, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor Scott Kuggelein, Tom Bruce, De Grandhomme, Daryl Mitchell, Santner, Tim Southee (c), Seth Rance
England Expected XI:
Eoin Morgan (c), Adil Rashid, Joe Denly, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Jordan, James Vince, Dawid Malan, Lewis Gregory, Sam Billings, Tom Curran, Saqib Mahmood, Matthew Parkinson, Sam Curran, Tom Banton, Patrick Brown
Captain – Colin Munro
Vice Captain – Eoin Morgan