About the Match
England stirred the cricketing nation by winning the first test against the same opponents. They were then thrashed by the visitors in the second test of the series. They once again face the same opponents, this time in a different format. New Zealand will take on England on 9th June 2015 at Birmingham at 13:00 GMT. New Zealand has been a side to beat ever since the World Cup started. On the contrary, England has been in bitterness since then as they faced an unexpected loss to Bangladesh which led to their early exit from the World Cup. England have made changes to their side and supporting staff after the conclusion of the World Cup and it would be the first time since then their effectiveness is tested. New Zealand will be looking forward to move past the retirement of Daniel Vittori who was an important link in their World Cup campaign. Both sides haven't played much of limited overs cricket after the World Cup and it will be an important and exciting clash between the sides taking into consideration the fact that Champions Trophy is going to happen in two years time in England.
Brendon Mcullum has been praised plenty in the recent times for his aggressive style of play. He will return to his regular batting position that is opening the innings and taking on the bowlers up front. A lot will depend on the start New Zealand gets from him. New Zealand has a fairly deep batting lineup as was evident in the World Cup. Kane Williamson bailed them out of trouble against Australia in the league game and Grant Elliot played a gem of an innings against South Africa in the semifinal. There major concern in batting lies with the form of Ross Taylor. Taylor has not been in best of form, though he showed some positive signs in the recently concluded test match. Their bowling has been phenomenal over the past and Southee's seven wicket haul will still be fresh in England's mind. Kiwis are known to play aggressive cricket and aggressiveness will once again be an important element to topple the new-look England squad.
Ever since going out of the World Cup, English Cricket had only one way to go that is Up. It has been a bumpy ride for them thereafter. Their one-off ODI against Ireland was washed away due to rain and they drew the test series with the same opposition. Eion Morgan resumes his duties as a captain after being unavailable in ODI against Ireland due to IPL. Alex Hales returns as an opener and will be looking to score big after being on the sideline for more than a year. England will have at least five changes to squad they had at the last completed ODI. Eion Morgan, Joss Buttler and Joe Root will play an important role as they are the guys with some experience playing against the upcoming opponents. Their bowling is in the hands of Steven Finn and Chris Jordan who will have support from Plunkett, Rashid and Wiley. This English squad may look a little inexperienced, but their players have played a lot of county cricket at the venue which might play an important role against familiar foes.
It is the battle of the teams which proved to be equal in the earlier concluded test series. England will be relying on the young blood combined with the experience they have from their domestic structure whereas Kiwis will go out all guns blazing in the fashion similar to their campaign at the World Cup. This ODI will be crucial in setting up the tone for the rest of the series and I think the visitors have the upper hand largely due to the experience, team-on-paper and form.