Date & Time: Friday, November 08, 10:30 IST
Venue: McLean Park, Napier, New Zealand
No fuss for Engnlad with series on the line
The 5-match T20I series perceived to be all about experimentation for England from the start, but the very approach cost them the last two games. Now they are in a must-win situation to stay alive in the series but it doesn’t seem to bother England as far as the newbies learn from their mistakes since their captain promises more game time for them.
New Zealand has made the most use of that very approach from England and bounced with back to back victories after their early defeat. Now it’s all about sealing the series in Napier for the hosts as they welcome their pace spearhead Trent Boult for the last two games. So far the series has run on a single theme with the Kiwis relying on the middle order and the visitors on their top order to perform. Now, both teams seek the other order to step up given the game time they have had thus far.
Trent Boult who has joined the squad in Napier is likely to replace Lockie Ferguson for the hosts. The visitors are unlikely to make any changes from the last match
The surface in Napier has produced mostly high scoring games in the domestic T20 competition. We can expect the same for Friday’s contest as well.
He is the top point scorer of the series with a PPM of close to 70. In the first two games he has showcased his bowling skills, and in the third he has also scored handy runs which proved to be the difference in the end result. He has a PPM of 69 and an MDTA of 1.25 in the last 5 games.
He has come up with two vital knocks at the top order for England where the first one of those was a match-defining one. In the last game, England was in the game until he was at the crease even in their worst collapse. He has a PPM of 51 and an MDTA of 1.25 in the last 5 games.
He has become more consistent than what he used to be down the order, after being promoted up. His PPM of 58 and MDTA of 1.5 in the tour makes him a worthy pick to consider.
England may have landed on the other side of the spectrum in the last two games but he has come up with two good performances to take the game close. All that may be required is a big knock for him to find a permanent place in the T20I format. He has a PPM of 65 an MDTA of 1.33 in T20Is.