The ultimate rematch of the 2019 ODI World Cup final that still remains fresh in the memories of every cricket fans around the world. The time has ticked and we are back with yet another edition of ODI World Cup hosted in the cricket crazy nation. We are almost there to witness the magic and the spectacle on October 5th, Thursday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad when the finalists of the last World Cup lock horns in a clash for the ages. Lets now look at England vs New Zealand match preview, head to head record, probable playing 11 and the match odds.
England vs New Zealand Match Preview
The defending champions, England are coming of a dominant performance in the recently concluded ODI series against New Zealand. The only major change that England made to their squad was replacing the teams most expereicned opener Jason Roy and backing young and talented batter Harry Brook.
The first warm up game against India at Guwahati was washed out due to rain and in the second warm up match against Bangladesh was highly competitive. The major positives for England ahead of their opening clash against Black Caps is the form of Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes and Joe Root. In the bowling attack Reece Topley on his return was impressive bagging up three wickets against the Bangla tigers. Overall England will be confident enough to knock out New Zealand on a flat batting track to kick start their campaign.
New Zealand will miss the services of Kane Williamson and Tim Southee, the two most experienced players for the Black Caps. Tom Latham will lead the squad in Williamson’s absence. The ODI series against Bangladesh and the two warm up might have helped their batters and bowlers to get accustomed to the conditions in India. The form of Will Young, Devon Conway, Tom Latham and Daryl Mitchell will boost the confidence of the team management but their major concern is their bowling attack. Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry haven’t hit their straps and conceded runs at an higher economy rate. But you can ever underestimate the heart and will off a New Zealander.
Overall, expect a banger of a opening game between England and New Zealand in the first match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
England vs New Zealand Pitch Report
The surface at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad favor’s the batsman and seamers find it hard to pick up wickets particularly during the later stages of the game. Early in the match seamers might get some assistance from the pitch but as the game progresses the surface becomes better to bat on and expect a high scoring game. The captain winning the toss would like to bowl first at this venue.
England vs New Zealand Probable Playing 11
England Playing XI: Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes, Jos Butler (wk), Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, Reece Topley, Mark Wood.
New Zealand Playing XI: Devon Conway, Will Young, Rachin Ravindra, Tom Latham (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Ishi Sodhi, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson.
England vs New Zealand H2H Records in World Cup
England and New Zealand played nine matches against one another in the history of ODI World Cup. Out of the nine matches played, New Zealand won five matches, while England won four matches.
- Matches Played: 9 matches
- England Won: 4 matches
- New Zealand Won: 5 matches
England vs New Zealand Prediction and Odds
England vs New Zealand Match Odds
Most of the bookmakers favour England to win the match and the most common odds that are in favour of England to win the match are 1.46 and in favour of New Zealand to win the match are 2.75.
England vs New Zealand Match Prediction
There is only team heading into the first match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 as favorite’s and it is the reigning and defending champions England and our final prediction is England to win the match.