Wellington: New Zealand were in action in the first match of the triangular Twenty20 International series, against Australia in Sydney, and have since been waiting at home for their next outing.
In the interim, Australia and England have faced off twice in a row, in Hobart and Melbourne, with the home side winning both games to seal their spot in the final of the tournament.
The action now shifts to New Zealand for the last three group-stage games and then the final, and it will start with New Zealand taking on England with both teams intent on getting on the points table.
To achieve that goal, New Zealand have dropped Tom Bruce and Tom Blundell from their 13-man squad and to make changes and have drafted in two new faces, the former Hong Kong batsman Mark Chapman and wicketkeeper Tim Seifert, in an attempt to inject some life into their middle order.
Both Bruce and Blundell played the opening fixture, and though neither did much with the bat, it was a poor effort overall, with the side finishing their 20 overs at 117/9.
As for England, they competed hard in their first game against Australia, scoring 155/9, but were blown away by a Glenn Maxwell blitz. In the second, they were comprehensively beaten, by seven wickets with 33 balls left in Australia’s chase.
Dawid Malan and Jos Buttler have both played one good innings, but the batting hasn’t really come together yet for England. David Willey had a successful game the first time out but not quite the second time, as was true of most English players.
Unfortunately for them, they might be without Eoin Morgan, their captain, again because of the groin injury that kept him out of the last game. James Vince, therefore, could get another game in the middle-order and Buttler should walk out for the toss again.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Mark Chapman, Tim Seifert (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Ben Wheeler, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Anaru Kitchen.
England: Eoin Morgan (capt), Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wk), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, David Willey, Mark Wood.
Pitch and conditions
Prior to that match, though, the stadium has provided good tracks for run-scoring in T20Is and ODIs. However, it’s expected to be an overcast day in Wellington, and that might keep the pacemen interested.
Stats and trivia
Tuesday 13 February, 2018
Start time 19:00 local (06:00 GMT)