The 1st T20 Practice Match between New Zealand XI and England is being played at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln
The match starts at 2:00 PM local time (6:30 AM IST) (1:00 AM GMT)
England begins its T20 World Cup 2020 preparations with a tour of New Zealand starting on Sunday with a practice match against New Zealand XI. After the stunning World Cup win, England has set its sights upon next year’s marquee event and have added a few relatively unknown quantities in Tom Banton, Matthew Parkinson and Saqib Mahmood in their squad for the T20 series. Even without the services of Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Jos Buttler, England will fancy its chances starting with the practice game.
Although they do have a few inexperienced players in their side, New Zealand XI boasts of a top-heavy side with Colin Munro and Tim Seifert set to feature for them. With the experience of Anton Devcich and the returning, Lockie Ferguson, New Zealand XI cannot be considered as pushovers. With this being a warm-up game, England will look to test its resources with the newcomers looking to seal their place in the side during the course of this series.
The weather forecast for the Lincoln on Tuesday is expected to be clear without any threat of rain. The temperature will hover around 22 degrees Celsius with a cloud cover of 80% also expected, according to AccuWeather
A decent batting tracks both sides although the overcast conditions engulfing the venue should favour the pacers. The recently concluded ODI series between Bangladesh U-19 and New Zealand U-19 saw a couple of 250+ scores which indicates the nature of the pitch. Chasing will be preferred by both sides although it is a warm-up game.
Average first innings score: N/A
Record of chasing teams: N/A
Injury and Availability News:
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Probable Playing XIs:
New Zealand XI:
Colin Munro (C), Tim Seifert (WK), Anton Devcich, Anaru Kitchen, Josh Clarkson, Brett Hampton, Katene Clarke, Blake Coburn, Lockie Ferguson, Zak Gibson, Christian Leopard, Anurag Verma
Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, James Vince, Eoin Morgan (C), Joe Denly, Sam Billings, Sam Curran, Pat Brown, Chris Jordan, Saqib Mahmood, Adil Rashid.
Bench: Dawid Malan, Matthew Parkinson, Lewis Gregory, Tom Curran.
Jonny Bairstow is one of the most explosive openers in world cricket. With a T20-I strike-rate of 130.2, Jonny Bairstow is known for his attacking instincts in the powerplay overs and is certainly one to keep an eye on. Colin Munro’s record in the T20 format is very good. With multiple hundreds to his name for New Zealand, Colin Munro has a bankable record in home conditions.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Jonny Bairstow, Colin Munro, Sam Curran
Vice-Captain – James Vince, Chris Jordan, Anton Devcich
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Jonny Bairstow
Batsmen – Colin Munro (C), James Vince, Sam Billings, Brett Hampton
All-Rounders – Sam Curran (VC), Anton Devcich, Anaru Kitchen
Bowlers – Adil Rashid, Lockie Ferguson, Chris Jordan
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Jonny Bairstow (C), Tim Seifert
Batsmen – Eoin Morgan, Sam Billings, Brett Hampton, Josh Clarkson
All-Rounders – Sam Curran, Anton Devcich
Bowlers – Chris Jordan (VC), Pat Brown, Lockie Ferguson
New ball bowlers are crucial to the cause with the swing on offer. Sam Curran and Lockie Ferguson, who are each priced at 9 credits, fit the bill.
While England has four opening options in their squad, only Jonny Bairstow is assured of a place and is a viable punt as well for this game.
England is expected to win the first game of their tour of New Zealand.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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