About the Match
The series so far has proved to be a paradise for batsmen and a minefield for bowlers. Bowlers have been hammered regardless of where they bowl. This had much to do with the aggressive strategy which both the teams have deployed. New Zealand squared the series with a narrow victory in the last game. The two teams meet once again in the series for the third time. The match is to be played at Rose Bowl Cricket Ground, Southampton at 09:30 AM GMT on June 14, 2015. We have seen two high scoring games in the series and it is very unlikely that bowlers will get relief in Southampton. We once again expect a high scoring thriller and a game for the crowd to enjoy.
New Zealand batsmen did very well in the second ODI. They were on England right from the start and carried the momentum right through the innings. Ross Taylor's return to form was a major positive that the Kiwis will take into the next game. There aren't many positive as far as bowling is concerned. Barring Trent Boult, who is the only bowler to go under a run a ball, no one has managed to make a mark. Southee did well in the opening overs of the previous game but conceded too many at the death without picking up a wicket. Corey Anderson has been ruled out of the entire series which is a major setback for the visitors. Mitchell McClenaghan has gone for over eight runs an over and we might see him making way for left-armer Ben Wheeler. One thing is certain with the Kiwis under the leadership of Baz; they are going to play aggressive Cricket and a tough team to crack.
England will be the happier of the two sides as they move to Southampton. They won the first match quite comprehensively and gave New Zealand the scare in the second match. Had it not rained, we might have seen a different result. Jordan sustained an injury and Craig Overton has been introduced in the squad. Liam Plunkett too has suffered injury and might be replaced by David Willey or Mark Wood. Their batting has done really well and everyone has contributed. Hales and Roy gave a brilliant start in the last game while Morgan and Buttler were amazing in the middle overs as they increased the scoring rate. Despite a couple of injuries, England remains a formidable side and will be tough to get past, especially in home conditions.
After two day-night games, it will be the first day game of the series. There will be some assistance for the quickies at the start of the day and toss will play a crucial role. The weather too is expected to be overcast which will help pacers in swinging the ball. The Kiwis looked a change outfit in the last game and I expect them to win this game as well.