New Zealand aiming to surprise England in 1st ODI

After losing the T20 series, New Zealand are all set to take revenge from England in the ODIs. The 3-match series is getting start at Hamilton, where both sides will meet on February 17th.

New Zealand’s performance in the T20s was not up to the mark. After losing the first encounter by 40 runs, the Black Caps bounced back to take the second game.

After beating the English side by 55 runs, the confidence was high. But the Kiwis failed to continue the good work, and faced an embarrassing loss in the third game.

The Poms secured the series by beating the New Zealanders comprehensive by 10 wickets in the final clash. A terrible loss would have dented the confidence significantly, but the opportunity to dish out revenge is available.

The last time these two teams met at Seddon Park in 2008, England was hammered by 10 wickets. So, there are plenty of positives that the Blacks Caps can draw out.

"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.

"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.

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

England 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

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