England Tour Of New Zealand 2018 - ODI Series

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    Fixtures

    Sun Feb 25 (50 ovs) 14:00 local (01:00 GMT)
    1st ODI - New Zealand v England Seddon Park, Hamilton LIVE D/N

    Wed Feb 28 (50 ovs) 14:00 local (01:00 GMT)
    2nd ODI - New Zealand v England Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui LIVE D/N

    Sat Mar 3 (50 ovs) 14:00 local (01:00 GMT)
    3rd ODI - New Zealand v England Westpac Stadium, Wellington LIVE D/N

    Wed Mar 7 (50 ovs) 11:00 local (22:00 GMT -1d)
    4th ODI - New Zealand v England University Oval, Dunedin LIVE

    Sat Mar 10 (50 ovs) 11:00 local (22:00 GMT -1d)
    5th ODI - New Zealand v England Hagley Oval, Christchurch LIVE

    Thu Mar 22 - Mon Mar 26 14:00 local (01:00 GMT)
    1st Test - New Zealand v England Eden Park, Auckland LIVE D/N

    Fri Mar 30 - Tue Apr 3 11:00 local (22:00 GMT -1d | 23:00 BST -1d)
    2nd Test - New Zealand v England Hagley Oval, Christchurch LIVE
     
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    Sodhi returns to New Zealand's ODI squad

    Ish Sodhi was named in New Zealand's squad to play the first two ODIs of a five-match series against England. The 25-year old last played 50-over cricket for his country in May 2017, but has been brought in as back up with fitness concerns over the team's frontline spin options.

    "Both Mitchell Santner and Todd Astle have had injury concerns recently," selector Gavin Larsen said. "So having Ish travel with us gives further options in the spin department."

    Sodhi has been one of New Zealand's first-choice players in T20 cricket, and was recently ranked No. 1 in the format. In 2018, he has taken nine wickets from 10 matches at an economy-rate of 8.25.

    New Zealand have kept faith in almost all the players who helped secure a 5-0 whitewash over Pakistan in January. Only batsman George Worker and fast bowler Seth Rance have missed out on selection.

    "Having won the previous eight matches, we've been able to keep good consistency in selection with our ODI squad," Larsen said. "We still have a number of guys pushing their case in domestic cricket and that's pleasing, but this is the squad for the first two matches of the series."

    The first ODI against England will be played in Hamilton on Sunday.

    New Zealand's ODi squad
    Kane Williamson (capt), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor

    In: Ish Sodhi

    Out: George Worker

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    A return to 50-over strengths after T20 troubles

    Big Picture
    Neither of these two teams hit their straps during the T20 tri-series, a win apiece with New Zealand edging into the final then underwhelming with the bat. But this series is a meeting between two confident 50-over outfits. England have had a week to dust themselves down from the T20 setbacks - which has included a couple of days off - and readjust their sights back to the format which is becoming their calling card while New Zealand have eight victories on the bounce this season.

    Whenever these sides meet the conversation quickly turns to England's humiliation at the 2015 World Cup - particularly the shredding in Wellington - and the conversation that ensued between Eoin Morgan and Brendon McCullum, which persuaded the England captain there was only one way to go in 50-over cricket. There was no saving that tournament, but since then England have blazed a trail. It's a narrative that is likely to be revisited over the next couple of weeks.

    Thoughts are now turning towards the next World Cup, starting in 15 months in England. There is still time for some tinkering if it's required, but teams will want to start having a firm idea of the 15 they will use at the tournament. Both teams are probably not far from that position already.

    There is one notable addition to the England squad from last month with the return of Ben Stokes. Away from the debate about whether he should be on the tour or not, who makes way for his return will be one of the intriguing aspects of the series.

    West Indies and Pakistan were disappointing opposition earlier in New Zealand's season, while Australia hit a post-Ashes wall (and picked the wrong side) against England last month. This series promises a more compelling tussle.

    Form guide
    (last five completed matches, most recent first)
    New Zealand WWWWW
    England WLWWW

    In the spotlight
    Apart from Ben Stokes, okay? Jason Roystarted the one-day series in Australia with a bang, his 180 in Melbourne setting a new record for England, but since then his top score has been 49 including three single-figure scores in the T20 tri-series. Yes, mixing formats when looking at statistics is not really the done thing, but it's all a little hit-or-miss for Roy at the moment. He appears safe despite Stokes' return and the top-order rejig required, but a significant score early in the series wouldn't go amiss.

    This is an important series for Tom Lathamwho has yet to nail down the wicketkeeper-batsman role, a position New Zealand are struggling to fill in both white-ball formats since the retirement of Luke Ronchi. This season his top score is 37 in seven ODI innings - off the back of a very productive series in India - but he has been given the backing of selector Gavin Larsen (his wicketkeeping has been tidy) and this New Zealand set-up likes to give players an extended run. Still, they won't want uncertainly over a key position leading into the World Cup.

    Teams news
    Quick bowler Lockie Ferguson has been released from the squad to play in Saturday's Ford Trophy final for Auckland. Mitchell Santner (knee) and Todd Astle (side) have carried recent injuries with Astle's still providing the more pressing concern. If he isn't fit then Ish Sodhi would slot into the side.

    New Zealand 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Colin Munro, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Tom Latham (wk), 6 Henry Nicholls, 7 Colin de Grandhomme, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Todd Astle, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Trent Boult

    Barring a late reaction to his workload, Stokes will return. That means a batsman making way, as England revert to six main bowlers, with Alex Hales seemingly the most vulnerable. Tom Curran and David Willey are likely to contest the final pace-bowling slot with Craig Overton having to wait for his chance.

    England 1 Jason Roy, 2 Jonny Bairstow, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Adil Rashid, 10 Tom Curran, 11 Mark Wood

    Pitch and conditions
    It will be a used surface and is expected to get slower as the match progresses. Seddon Park is a venue where spin can come to the fore, although that can be countered by evening dew making the toss a tricky decision. Last year, Martin Guptill plundered 180 off 138 balls to chase down 280 against South Africa with five overs to spare. The forecast for the afternoon and evening is good.

    Stats and trivia
    • England have won eight of their last nine bilateral one-day series

    • Ross Taylor needs 37 runs to reach 7000 in ODIs; Kane Williamson needs 23 to reach 5000 - if he does it in this match the New Zealand captain will be joint fourth-fastest to 5000 runs equal with Brian Lara

    • England have lost both their ODIs at this venue: a 10-wicket trouncing in 2008 and a much tighter three-wicket loss in 2013.
    Quotes
    "They went a long stretch of winning one-day international cricket so they are a strong side particularly at home and we are going to have reproduce similar performances or better than we produced in Australia to win the series."
    Eoin Morgan on New Zealand

    "I think we park the T20 for now and focus on a lot of the good one-day cricket we've been playing. The plans are fairly different so it's important we go back to that. We know it's a tough challenge in England."
    Kane Williamson is keen to leave T20 form behind

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    Santner finishes off thriller after Taylor's ton

    New Zealand 287 for 7 (Taylor 113, Latham 79, Stokes 2-43) beat England 284 for 8 (Buttler 79, Root 71, Santner 2-54) by three wickets
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    Williamson doubt as NZ seek to equal best run

    Big Picture
    A high bar has been set for the competitiveness of this series. The opening match was a humdinger, seized at the last by Mitchell Santner. It kept New Zealand unbeaten in ODIs this season - nine in a row, ten is their best sequence - and put England in the unusual position of being behind in a series, although the home side may have to do without their captain Kane Williamson, who has a hamstring strain.

    One factor that made the Seddon Park match absorbing was that it was not a free-for-all for the batsmen. Runs were, by and large, tough to come by - only Joe Root and Tom Latham batted freely. It made Ross Taylor's hundred an outstanding effort. Although there was a fair tally of sixes, 14 overall, they felt like an event: Jos Buttler getting on top of Ish Sodhi with three in a row then, decisively, Santner's blows at the end.

    In 2015 - that often-referenced series between these sides - the teams traded blows throughout the five matches, although that was a batting blitz. The bowlers may be able to have their say again in this match with one of New Zealand's larger outfields at play, but this contest is something of an unknown quantity as it is Mount Maunganui's first day-night ODI having been a regular on the T20 circuit for the last couple of seasons.

    Form guide
    (last five completed matches, most recent first)
    New Zealand WWWWW
    England LWLWW

    In the spotlight
    New Zealand coach Mike Hesson praised the development of Colin Munro's bowling after his key incision to remove Joe Root with a knuckle ball in the opening match. Between him and Colin de Grandhomme, they got through 10 overs for the very limited damage of 51 runs. With the bat, it was a less auspicious start to the series for Munro - one huge six followed by one huge slog which he edged behind. Munro has license to thrill - the Brendon McCullum role - but there remains a line to judge when it becomes reckless. Still, the signs are he's only going to play one way: in his last 10 ODI innings he has only gone at a strike-rate of under 100 once, and that was a duck.

    Players respond to breaks differently. Jonny Bairstow was scratchy with the bat, Moeen Ali didn't quite settle with the ball, but Joe Root just picked up his serene form from Australia where he was Man of the Series in the ODIs. Some of his deft touches on a slow surface were a delight as he anchored England's innings with a knock the conditions demanded. His one mistake brought his downfall and it had to go down as another century chance missed. But he has found superb consistency in his one-day cricket - he has the fifth-highest average of those to have played 100 or more matches - and surely three-figures will be hit before long.

    Teams news
    New Zealand have been dealt a blow with Williamson a doubt. Mark Chapman has been called up as cover and there may also be a batting reshuffle. Tim Southee would take on the captaincy. Hesson said that Ish Sodhi was preferred for the first ODI on the strength of his bowling, ahead of the more all-round option of Todd Astle. Therefore, if two spinners are again needed logic would suggest Sodhi, although somewhat expensive in Hamilton, will get another crack. If extra pace is wanted, Lockie Ferguson is an option.

    New Zealand (probable) 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Colin Munro, 3 Mark Chapman, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Tom Latham (wk), 6 Henry Nicholls, 7 Colin de Grandhomme, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Tim Southee (capt), 10 Ish Sodhi, 11 Trent Boult

    Craig Overton could come into the mix for an ODI debut if England want to change the dynamic of their pace attack. David Willey bowled well with the new ball in Hamilton, but was not used again in the innings.

    England (probable) 1 Jason Roy, 2 Jonny Bairstow, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Adil Rashid, 10 Tom Curran, 11 David Willey/Craig Overton

    Pitch and conditions
    Chris Woakes said there was more grass on the surface than in Hamilton which could mean a little more pace and carry for the quicks. Earlier this season New Zealand made 243 for 5 in a T20 against West Indies. The forecast has improved with just the small chance of an evening shower.


    Stats and trivia
    • It is now three first innings in a row that England haven't posted 300 - their longest such stretch since late 2015 against Australia and Pakistan

    • Mitchell Santner's 45 off 27 balls to win the first match was the third-highest strike-rate (166.66) for a New Zealand No. 8 with a score of 40+

    • Craig Overton was first called into an England ODI squad in 2015 - also against New Zealand - but has yet to make his first appearance
    Quotes
    "It brings everyone into the game a little more, there's a few more pockets to get twos and threes. There's a couple of ways to skin the cat, not all about boundaries and sixes. We'll have to adapt to that."
    Tom Latham on coming to a ground with a slightly larger playing area

    "It was a tight game, a very good game of cricket. It was better to watch, from our side of things, we'd like to have come out on top. But it was a great game to be a part of and it would have been nice to have been able to close it out."
    Chris Woakes on England's near-miss

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    England level series with domineering win

    England 225 for 4 (Stokes 63*, Morgan 62, Boult 2-46) beat New Zealand 223 (Santner 63*, Guptill 50, Moeen 2-33, Stokes 2-42) by six wickets Live scorecard and ball-by-ball details
     
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    Brilliant Williamson thwarted at the death by nerveless England

    England 234 (Morgan 48, Sodhi 3-53) beat New Zealand 230 for 8 (Williamson 112*, Moeen 3-36) by four runs
     
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    New Zealand hope to continue Dunedin dominance

    Big Picture
    Can New Zealand take this series to a decider? In 2015, these two teams played out an epic 3-2 tussle - on that occasion England came back from 2-1 down to take the honours. One immediate point in New Zealand's favour is that they have never lost at University Oval, so if England want to seal the series with a match to spare they will have to breach the fortress.

    From New Zealand's point of view, most eyes are on a middle order that has underwhelmed in the last two matches. So in that respect the return of Ross Taylor after his quad injury will be a huge boost, reunited with the in-form Kane Williamson. They are the two century-makers so far in this series and the feeling persists that at least one has to perform for New Zealand to stand a chance.

    After the narrow defeat in the opening match, England again have a spring in their step after two impressive performances. The spin bowling of Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali has played a key role in the last two outings, although whether they are such an influence in this game remains to be seen. However, they have plenty of bases covered with the return of Ben Stokes having balanced the side. The sense is that they will take some stopping now.

    Form guide
    (last five completed matches, most recent first)
    New Zealand LLWWW
    England WWLWL

    In the spotlight
    New Zealand like this ground and so does Trent Boult. In four ODIs at the venue he has taken 12 wickets at 9.41, including 5 for 17 in the outing against Pakistan earlier this season. He has chipped in so far this series - two wickets in each innings - but if he could make multiple top-order breakthroughs it would be huge fillip. When Tim Southee was asked about challenges of bowling the ground, he said: "Just try and support Trent."

    Jos Buttler is threatening something quite destructive. He top-scored for England in Hamilton, but was kept relatively subdued by excellent death bowling, helped finish off the chase with a dash in Mount Maunganui and briefly looked like he would counter a difficult pitch in Wellington. After losing a bit of rhythm during the tri-series he is finding top form again.

    Teams news
    Taylor is set to return in place of Mark Chapman with Henry Nicholls likely to survive despite his run of 0,1,0 in the series to date. With the damp weather around, there may be consideration into bolstering the pace attack.

    New Zealand (probable) 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Colin Munro, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Tom Latham (wk), 6 Henry Nicholls, 7 Colin de Grandhomme, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Ish Sodhi/Lockie Ferguson, 11 Trent Boult

    England are unlikely to change a winning side barring any late injury problems.

    England (probable) 1 Jason Roy, 2 Jonny Bairstow, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Adil Rashid, 10 Tom Curran, 11 Mark Wood

    Pitch and conditions
    Pakistan were skittled for 74 earlier this season and, again, it may not be a venue where 300 is needed. Being a day game could offer the seamers something early on. In the build-up there has been rain around Dunedin and the forecast is for a chance of showers in the afternoon.


    Stats and trivia
    • England have never played an ODI at the venue

    • Martin Guptill needs 71 runs to reach 6000 in ODIs

    • Wellington was the first time since 2010-11 - and just 11th over - that England had won an ODI batting first without an individual half-century
    Quotes
    "We played well in the last game for parts. We haven't lost in Dunedin so hopefully we can take some knowledge of how the wicket will play. We need to get off to a good start, set the platform and we know we are a good side when we have wickets in hand."
    Ross Taylor on hoping to use home advantage

    "I've done it a lot of times in training and I've had time to implement it in games at Surrey and a few games for England so it's just about going out there and backing myself. It's very satisfying to see it come off."
    Tom Curran on the challenge of death bowling

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    Limping Taylor belts 181* in epic New Zealand win

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    339 for 5 (Taylor 181*, Latham 71) beat England 335 for 9 (Bairstow 138, Root 102, Sodhi 4-58) by five wicketsScorecard and ball-by-ball details
     
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    Wow, what a stunning knock that was. Taylor is a class batsman when he gets going.
    Looking forward to watching the highlights of this one
     
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    New Zealand pondered Taylor retiring hurt

    New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has revealed that consideration was given to Ross Taylor retiring hurt when he suffered a leg injury in Dunedin before he rampaged to a career-best unbeaten 181 to set up a series decider in Christchurch on Saturday.

    Taylor will spend the next 24 hours in a race to recover enough to take his place for the final match of the series, but there is no chance he will be 100% fit and won't be risked if there could be a long-term impact on him despite the importance of this match. New Zealand's season concludes with two Tests against England in Auckland and Christchurch at the end of March.

    Taylor, who missed the third ODI in Wellington with a quad injury, aggravated the problem when he dived to make his ground coming back for a second run. That was then compounded when he suffered cramp and New Zealand pondered whether, with Taylor struggling between the wickets, they would be better served with a fully fit batsman in the middle.

    Ultimately the decision was made that while Taylor was still able to bat he would remain in the middle: from the moment he injured himself he went on to score 72 off 41 balls as New Zealand chased down 336 with three balls remaining.

    "We talked about it," Hesson said of bringing Taylor off. "Kane [Williamson] and I talked with Tommy [Latham] as well. We thought if Ross could get us another 20-25 runs at that point quickly that will keep us in the game. The fact Ross got more than 25 was obviously very helpful for us."

    Hesson described Taylor's innings, the highest score by a New Zealand batsman in a chase and the third highest overall, as "great", but a sensible decision will have to made with regards the deciding match.

    "Ross, he's got some very, very, good hundreds for us. You don't use the word great often, but that was a great hundred. Any side in the world, that would be considered a great hundred," he said. "It was a high-class innings. Even put the injury to one side, 181 not out in a chase like that and a crucial game, was great.

    "We need to know the extent of it and whether it's one of those injuries that can get worse or whether you can grin and bear it. We're just not sure yet. Once we know that we can make an educated decision over whether it is worth the risk or whether he genuinely needs a good break before the Tests."

    Taylor himself, speaking the morning after the innings and on his 34th birthday, acknowledged he will be patched up if he does make the Christchurch encounter.

    "I obviously won't be 100% but we'll have to wait and see with the next couple of days off and give it the best chance possible," Taylor told Radio Sport Breakfast. "I was just cramping in the forearm. I was thinking 'oh no'. It was locked forward when I hit it out to cover. How embarrassing.

    "I hurt my hip in the last game. Just the hip and quad. It wasn't [one of] the most elegant dives you've ever seen. Just felt it a little bit. So got the physio out and as I batted on, cramp started setting in as well."

    Mark Chapman, who played the second and third ODIs as cover for Williamson and Taylor, has been brought back into the squad.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/22684302/new-zealand-pondered-ross-taylor-retiring-hurt
     
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    Bairstow, bowlers lead England charge to series

    England 229 for 3 (Bairstow 104, Hales 61) beat New Zealand 223 (Santner 67, Nicholls 55, Woakes 3-32, Rashid 3-42) by seven wickets
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    Winter marathon enters final stretch

    England cricketers dispersed in various directions from Christchurch on Sunday. A few flew back home, a group headed for Dubai and the PSL and for some this tour goes on. Those who are also in the Test squad made the short 90-minute hop north to Hamilton, the base for preparations over the next week as white ball is replaced by pink and red.

    The nine Test-only players arrived in Hamilton a couple of days ago and have so far been shaking off jetlag in a variety of ways, including a spot of 10-pin bowling and a trip to Raglan beach about 45km away. Preparations for the two-Test series, which includes the first day-night Test in New Zealand at Eden Park, will go up a level on Monday ahead of four days of warm-up action against New Zealand XIs at Seddon Park starting Wednesday.

    Those matches will be split into two days with the pink ball using day-night conditions followed by two days with the red ball. Two New Zealand XI squads have been named, featuring those who specialise in the red-ball (such as opener Jeet Ravel), those looking to adjust after three months of white-ball cricket (Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner) and a collection of players hoping to push the selectors (Seth Rance, George Worker, Doug Bracewell). Given the nature of most warm-up matches these days, it could very quickly turn into a merry-go-round of players for both sides.

    New Zealand are unlikely to spring many surprises in their Test squad - they won the two Tests against West Indies, which feel like a lifetime ago at the start of the season, convincingly and have a tried and tested balance at home. For England, coming off the back of the 4-0 Ashes defeat, there are significantly more issues to tackle. Given the two-Test series is a 50-50 split between the new and traditional it could yet require two different approaches.

    "We'd have liked to have gone better in the Ashes but we will try to take whatever positives we can out of that series and try to put them right in this series," Chris Woakes said. "We are going into a pink-ball Test which we all haven't played that much of. It's not a step into the unknown but things are happening that you don't expect. It's only two matches - do you go all out and attack and try to win the first game and make sure you can't lose the series, or play it as it comes?"

    Ben Stokes' return opens up a few options they could take after the problems they faced in Australia. He is a high-class batsman and very fine fourth quick. Not unexpectedly, England's balance was off in the Ashes, a problem exacerbated by the struggles of fellow allrounders Woakes and Moeen Ali. If they had both played at the top of their games it's just possible England could have competed: instead Moeen averaged 19.88 with the bat and 115 with the ball, Woakes 16.28 and 49.50.

    Woakes did not complete the series, ruled out by injury in Sydney, but though linking performance in one format to another is fraught with danger, he has since had a stellar time in one-day cricket, capped with the Man of the Series award in New Zealand. Moeen, meanwhile, has bowled nicely although the batting has been less convincing.

    "I feel I am bowling pretty well, and that will help me swap formats," Woakes said. "As a modern player you should be used to jumping formats, there shouldn't be too many excuses. Generally it's pretty similar for a bowler, as a batsman you might have to put a few shots away, but as a bowler I am in good rhythm and hopefully the transition is smooth."

    It is likely that both Woakes and Moeen will feature in the Test series, meaning England will return to the allrounder-heavy option. But could Joe Root and Trevor Bayliss take the chance to mix things up? England have had a horrid run away from home since the South Africa tour in 2015-16: nine defeats, two draws and just one win.

    England's Test cricket, especially overseas, needs a shot in the arm.

    The most adventurous route to take would be to use Stokes at No. 5, although that could be seen as a step too far on his return to the format. It is a position Bayliss has previously said he could see Stokes taking up, perhaps bowling a little less as a result. The batsman to make way under this scenario would be James Vince, who survived the axe after an unconvincing Ashes where for every cover drive there was an outside edge not far away.

    A new No. 3 would be needed. Root would be the obvious choice - despite his reluctance - although it could be Dawid Malan after his stellar Ashes. One by-product of Stokes replacing Vince, would be a left-handed heavy top order but, in the short term, New Zealand do not have an offspinner to replicate Nathan Lyon's guile.


    This attacking-minded selection would open the door for legspinner Mason Crane to be retained. A return of 1 for 193 on debut in Sydney, followed by a chastening time on the Lions tour of West Indies where he was out-bowled but also under-bowled, does not scream for selection. But if he isn't in consideration for selection why is he on the tour? In this scenario the attack can be four quicks and two spinners - Crane could be a luxury item, perhaps useful with the pink ball under lights when picking variations may be trickier.

    This is unlikely to be the route taken by England. In reality, Stokes will probably bat at No. 6, Vince will be retained at first drop, Moeen will be the spinner and Woakes will support James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

    Mark Wood and Craig Overton are the other two quicks in the squad. Wood had an ankle niggle during the ODIs but came through the last three games; Overton impressed in the Ashes before suffering a fractured rib.

    This is the final leg of a long overseas spell for England (although only Bayliss has done it all) and a two-Test series as autumn rolls around in New Zealand feels a little tokenistic, but there are enough subplots to keep things interesting. Not least whether England can get back to winning ways abroad.

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    Anderson retains vice-captaincy ahead of Stokes

    Ben Stokes has been stripped of the England vice-captaincy for the Test series against New Zealand with James Anderson retaining the role he took on during the Ashes. Though the appointment is currently being made on a series-by-series basis it seems likely that Anderson will keep the job at least until the conclusion of Stokes' court case.

    Stokes' trail date, after his charge of affray to which he has pleaded not guilty following the incident in Bristol last September, has been set for August 6 and is expected to last between five and seven days, meaning the allrounder will miss the Lord's Test against India. Having removed the vice-captaincy from him in the current situation it is very unlikely he will be considered again until the outcome of the legal case is known and also the Cricket Disciplinary Commission process that will follow.

    Anderson took over the role for the Ashes after Stokes was removed from the squad as he awaited charging following his arrest outside Mbargo nightclub in Bristol on September 25. Stokes returned to action in the one-day series against New Zealand, but having him one step away from captaining England with an ongoing legal case was a situation the ECB needed to avoid. With Stokes not being in Australia, and Jos Buttler the vice-captain to Eoin Morgan in the one-day side, this was the first time a decision needed to be made by Joe Root and coach Trevor Bayliss with Stokes present.

    Last week, Bayliss praised Anderson's impact in the position during the Ashes where he was the stand-out England bowler and he is also understood to have made a good impression behind the scenes on what was a difficult tour. Given his seniority it was a logical choice for him to continue and he can now also expect to have the job against Pakistan and India in the summer.

    "I'm delighted Joe has asked me to do it again for this series," Anderson told the BBC. "It doesn't change my role in the team a huge amount. I see myself as a senior player and I'm there for people if they need advice. Certainly if Joe needs help on the field, I'm there for him."

    Anderson got a taste of being one step away from the captaincy on the final day of the Ashes when Root was taken ill and could not conduct the post-match interviews (England were only batting so Anderson was not needed to lead in the field) but he sees a collection of senior players as being important to offering advice.

    "It's a big group effort when we go on the field, so it's important that we get that right," he said. "Again in the dressing-room, it's trying to get people relaxed and ready to play Test cricket.

    "It's not just my job; it's Joe's, Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad have plenty of experience, and the coaches as well who have been around the block. It's our job to help out where we can and try to help this team progress."

    This series against New Zealand will see England trying to correct a horrendous run away from home which has seen them lose nine of their last 12 Tests overseas. They avoided another Ashes whitewash due to a draw on a docile Melbourne pitch, but Anderson believes that England weren't as poor as the 4-0 scoreline suggests.

    "I don't think we were far away," he said. "I know the scoreline says 4-0, and it looks like we got thrashed. But in each Test match I don't think we were that far away.

    "We got ourselves into games at certain times, and it was a bad half-hour or an hour here and there that really cost us the games we lost. I think that's the learning curve for us."

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    England lose 14 wickets in a day, but Livingstone shines

    The second day of England's two days with the pink ball in Hamilton did not go that well for the batsmen. England lost 14 wickets in the day and were still unable to match the New Zealand XI total. Only Liam Livingstone really impressed, although Alastair Cook looked in decent order. Here are a few talking points from the day.

    Stoneman's bad day

    Mark Stoneman has had more productive days with the bat. There wasn't much he could do about his first dismissal, an excellent delivery from Seth Rance which bounced and angled across him, jagging from around leg stump. But in his second innings of the day he will regret the shot selection, trying to pull a ball from outside off and lobbing a catch to mid-on. Stoneman has already spoken about the pressure he'll be under this series, he'll hope for a decent score against red ball in the next two days, although there is no other opener in the squad.

    The Vince paradox

    Edging behind the wicket has become as much of a trademark for James Vince as the cover drive. One followed the other in the space of two balls here, although there was a variance on the theme. He played a perfect cover drive off Rance then next ball tried to leave the delivery and gave a catch to Tom Blundell. In his second chance at the crease he played solidly for his 31 - producing one of the shots of the day when he drove Nathan Smith through the covers off the back foot - only to miss a big full toss from Rance inside the final half hour to be lbw. It could well have been swinging down the leg side.

    Driving without due care and attention

    Tim Southee and Trent Boult won't have minded how England's middle went about things. Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali were all dismissed by expansive drives - Cook had also dragged one into his stumps - and there was a concerning looseness about the strokeplay, even given all the caveats around this match. With the pink ball at Eden Park there is likely to be periods where some circumspection is called for. In Southee and Boult there are two fine exponents of swing in the opposition.

    Livingstone a lone success

    At the start of these practice days, Liam Livingstone was considered the least likely of this squad - aside from reserve keeper Ben Foakes - to have a chance of playing in Auckland. He was the spare batsman, having replaced Gary Ballance in one of the token changes after the Ashes. But he was head and shoulders above most of the other batting until Joe Root's late half-century. He struck the ball cleanly and confidently, picking the right the delivery to attack and, though he played aggressively, did not offer a chance until the wild flat-footed drive early in the night session, 12 short of three figures. Occasionally he flexed his left ankle, the one he injured in the Caribbean last month, which is still causing a little discomfort.

    Injury update

    It was confirmed that Ben Stokes had received an injection in his back earlier this week. He was said to be responding well, but would not bowl on Friday in England's red-ball fielding stint, although it was hoped he would be able to bat on Saturday. Whether he fields remains to be seen - he could just be in the squad, rather than the XI. There appears to be an increasing possibility that Stokes will be considered as a batsman only for the first Test. Chris Woakes (hamstring), Craig Overton (quad) and Mason Crane (back) are expected to be able to take full part in the second two days.

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    Cook hopes to banish dark times under Auckland's lights

    Alastair Cook knows a bit about being under pressure in Test cricket. He has come through it to the tune of over 12,000 runs but is aware that some team-mates will be playing for their futures in the two Tests against New Zealand which start next week.

    As recently as two matches ago, Cook had to dig deep into his resolve to overcome "dark times" in Australia, coming through with a double century in Melbourne that, while maybe not career-saving, was certainly career-reaffirming. This series in New Zealand is much lower-key, but the focus will be on two of Cook's fellow batsmen.

    Mark Stoneman and James Vince have been given a show of faith after mediocre Ashes, benefitting from this series being seen as part of the same touring block rather than the chance of a fresh start. A new selection team is unlikely to be so forgiving come the summer if they don't make runs here.

    "The selectors have picked pretty much the same squad of players," Cook said. "It's given the guys an opportunity who have experienced the Ashes and did okay - it may sound funny, but if you marked a series that we lost 4-0, a lot of people did okay - the chance to make the jump to become fully fledged international players or someone else gets another opportunity. The next two weeks, like every series you play, could define people's futures."

    Cook will empathise with the feeling. There was 2010 and a barren run of form which put his place on the line, then 2014 when he was on the brink of quitting the captaincy before a dogged 95 against India at the Ageas Bowl. And less than three months ago he spoke of the significance of his Melbourne double century, saying he had been "embarrassed" by his earlier form on the tour and felt he was in "last-chance saloon". Two months to reflect on it hasn't dulled the memories.

    "To be able to bat like that, you've got to be doing the right stuff mentally and still be on it," he said. "There were some dark moments on that tour, but to keep going like that and then deliver shows you have something."

    Stoneman, who at the start of the week in Hamilton spoke of what he has to learn from Cook, will walk out alongside him to open the batting in this series regardless of the make-up of the side because there is no other opening option. He settled himself with a positive 48 in the red-ball warm-up in Hamilton after two failures against the pink ball he will face from Thursday.

    The situation is not quite so clear-cut for Vince at No. 3 and could yet depend on how many overs the management feel Ben Stokes can get through. He did not bowl in the middle in Hamilton and will be put through his paces in Auckland on Monday. If he can't act as a frontline fifth bowler, and it is sounding unlikely at the moment, he would still play as a batsman but probably at No. 5, and to allow an extra bowler that would mean dropping a batsman. That would be Vince.

    "That's the quandary," Cook said of the balance of the attack, of course no longer the man who has to be part of the decision-making process. "Personally I think we need five bowlers with the make-up of our bowling attack."


    It could be, therefore, that the side in Auckland, although only subtly different in personnel, will have quite a different feel to the one in Sydney in early January. Alongside the potential of Stokes being a batsman at No. 5 is Stuart Broad not taking the new ball alongside James Anderson. There is a sense that Joe Root wants to start making this his England team, rather than the team of the man he inherited off.

    "When he took over, he had South Africa and West Indies in the summer but was probably not going to shake it up too much and make big decisions," Cook said. "But I do think in his mind after the Ashes he was thinking, 'How do I re-build the side?' I still wouldn't be surprised if Stuart did take the new ball, I don't know that, but I think there is a really good opportunity to see other people because with 900 wickets between them, that you know what you're going to get."

    Root will hope the same can be said of Cook.

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    Stokes on track to be able to bowl in first Test

    An untimely downpour put paid to Ben Stokes' plans for an outdoor bowl in Auckland on Monday, but he came through a five-over spell in the Eden Park indoor school and is on track to be able to bowl in the first Test against New Zealand.

    An ECB spokesman confirmed Stokes had come through his spell - his first serious bowl since the one-day series finished - with "no issues" and, weather permitting, would bowl outside on Tuesday and Wednesday. After the ODIs, Stokes suffered some back stiffness and required an injection last week in Hamilton.

    However, whether Stokes is able to provide a full fourth-seamer's role in the Test could yet determine the balance of the side. He was not used for more than a five-over spell during the ODIs and has not bowled in a first-class match since the beginning of September.

    It may yet be a step too far for him to be entrusted with the workload Joe Root would want from one of his quick bowlers and could require another bowler to be picked at the expense of a batsman, with Stokes batting at No. 5. That would bring Craig Overton and Mark Wood into the frame, with the former the favourite if an extra seamer is required, and mean James Vince missing out.

    Meanwhile, Andrew Strauss, the director of England cricket, has praised the way Stokes has gone about his cricket since returning for the one-day series in New Zealand and expects "more match-winning performances" after he was named Man of the Match in Mount Maunganui.

    "It has been a pretty fraught time for him and everyone involved in the situation," Strauss told Sky Sports News. "It has been a very difficult one for us to deal with but thankfully I think we're through it now.

    "Ben's doing what he does best, he's representing England with an unbelievable amount of courage, passion, determination and motivation. He is going to put in some more match-winning performances over the coming months and remind everyone, I suppose, of what he can do in an England shirt."


    Stokes' trial will begin on August 6, after he entered a plea of not guilty to the charge of affray following the incident in Bristol on September 25, which means he will miss the Lord's Test against India and Strauss said a plan for the summer would be discussed when England return from New Zealand.

    "We have obviously got to sit down at the beginning of the summer and plan how we are going to react to that situation. It is far from ideal that he [Stokes] is going to be missing that Lord's Test match but I still think he has got a full role to play this summer.

    "I am sure he will be very keen to get everything out of the way and have his opportunity to tell his side of the story but that is still quite a long way away in the distance. Prior to that, there is still a lot of cricket still to be played and some really important cricket to win."

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    Stokes the key factor as Eden Park lights up

    Big Picture
    Those players who took part in the 2002 Test between these sides at Eden Park may think they played the first day-night Test. On the fourth evening, New Zealand batted on a dank evening illuminated by the lights much to the disgruntlement of England. That, of course, was with the red ball. Now it's time for the real thing with the pink one.

    New Zealand were the opposition for the inaugural day-night Test in Adelaide. That match had an experimental feel and there was $1 million on the table to help persuade New Zealand to take part. This is the ninth day-night Test with New Zealand the fifty country to host one. It has started to feel a little bit more part of the landscape. Summer is just about clinging on in the land of long white cloud and there will be plenty of silent prayers and crossed fingers that a distinctly average forecast for later in the week does not turn into reality.

    Though New Zealand were among the first two teams to experience floodlit Test cricket it remains their only one while England have now had two themselves following outings at Edgbaston and Adelaide. Their tally is a win and a loss. There have been plenty of moments when the bowlers have dominated as the sun sets and the pink ball begins to glow. Such periods could be defining in this match with both teams possessing high-quality seamers; outright pace is not such a necessity when the ball moves.

    Who starts favourites? It's a tough call. It will be 98 days since New Zealand finished their previous Test, against West Indies in Hamilton, and England are coming off the back of the 4-0 Ashes loss. Both teams will be feeling their way. If England have Ben Stokes as a fully-fledged allrounder and Chris Woakes at No. 9, that will be a very long batting line-up and may tip things just the visitors' way. But beware the home side's trio of pacemen, plus the world-class pairing of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor.

    This next two weeks, weather permitting, will define how New Zealand's season is remembered. Share the spoils 1-1 and it will be a pass mark, secure just a fourth series win over England and it would go down as a major success. England, on their part, have a miserable recent record overseas which Joe Root is eager to put right. There is much to play. Please summer, stay for another two weeks.

    Form guide
    (last five completed matches, most recent first)
    New Zealand WWDLD
    England LDLLL

    In the spotlight
    Ross Taylor was in the form of his life during the one-day series, smashing two match-winning centuries including his 181 in Dunedin. He hasn't been going too badly in Tests, either, with 408 runs at 81.60 in five matches since eye surgery - and a century in the match before that as well. But he is coming into this series after twice pulling up during the ODIs with thigh injuries. As was seen then, there is no replacement for Taylor. That goes for Test cricket as well. New Zealand will be hoping he can make it through the final portion of the season.

    Stuart Broad sits on 399 Test wickets but faces a demotion. He appears likely to lose the new ball, at least in part, as Root aims to shake up the bowling attack. In public, Broad is taking it well, but any quick worth his salt would be a little annoyed by such a move whatever tactical plans are explained. He went through a similar fate last time in New Zealand, losing the new ball to Steven Finn following an injury-hit tour to India. He had it back before the series was done. What price Taylor to be his milestone wicket? Broad has dismissed him nine times in Tests, more than any other bowler.

    Teams news
    Taylor has been passed fit - after both his thigh injury and illness last week caught off his children - and Todd Astle replaces the injured Mitchell Santner, for his third Test in five and a half years, which means Matt Henry will remain on the sidelines. BJ Watling, meanwhile, returns for his first Test in nearly a year.

    New Zealand 1 Jeet Raval, 2 Tom Latham, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Henry Nicholls, 6 BJ Watling (wk), 7 Colin de Grandhomme, 8 Todd Astle, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Neil Wagner, 11 Trent Boult

    Root said he knew his team but hadn't told those not playing, so was not able to confirm it the day before the match. The signs were that it was heading towards Stokes being able to take his place in a five-man attack which means James Vince is safe for now.

    England (probable) 1 Alastair Cook, 2 Mark Stoneman, 3 James Vince, 4 Joe Root (capt), 5 Dawid Malan, 6 Ben Stokes, 7 Jonny Bairstow (wk), 8 Moeen Ali, 9 Chris Woakes, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 James Anderson

    Pitch and conditions
    Blair Christiansen, the Eden Park groundsman, said he had left a little bit more grass on than usual but nothing extravagant. He expects it to be a result wicket, although the weather may yet play a part in that with showers forecast on most days and steadier rain for Saturday. As ever in pink ball Tests, the twilight period will be fascinating.


    Stats and trivia
    • Since 2011, when Pakistan won a two-Test series 2-1, only South Africa and Australia have won series in New Zealand. The home side has won seven series and a one-off Test against Zimbabwe.

    • Stuart Broad will become the 15th bowler to take 400 Test wickets. Next in his sights is Curtly Ambrose's tally of 405.

    • Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor are tied on 17 Tests centuries, equal with Martin Crowe as the most for New Zealand.

    • If England fail to win in Auckland it will equal their longest winless run away from home of 12 matches, previously achieved between February 1939 to March 1948.
    Quotes
    "Opportunities to prepare for pink-ball Tests are limited, because there isn't a huge amount of it, but in the last week and a half, there's been a number of occasions when we've been able to get out and practice against the pink ball at different stages of the evening."
    Kane Williamson is confident his team will be ready

    "It has been a tough winter until now but we have two Test matches to put a different stamp on this winter and change our momentum going into the summer, which again has some really big cricket coming up."
    Joe Root is eager to move on from the Ashes

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