Eoin Morgan topscored with 46 in the first game of the series. Image courtesy of thesun.co.uk
New Zealand will attempt to level its Twenty20 International series with England when the sides meet in Hamilton on Tuesday, looking to make amends for their 40 defeat at Eden Park on Saturday.
Only Mitchell McClenaghan was able to contain the Three Lions batsman in Auckland, with all of the other bowlers conceding at least 10 runs an over and coach Mike Hesson may choose to draft experienced campaigner Ian Butler into his side in an attempt to get more control with the ball on Tuesday. He was one of two unused players from game one and would be playing his first T20 International in more than two years if recalled here. Andy Ellis had an economy rate of 13.33 and scored just four at Eden Park and is the man most likely to make way. Former skipper Ross Taylor will be determined to make more an impact after only scoring 13 on his return to the national side.
England would like to keep the same XI that was so clinical on Saturday but may be forced to make at least one change with Eoin Morgan doubtful after jarring his back in the series opener. His absence would be a big blow with the tourists boasting an inexperienced top six in the absence of Kevin Pietersen, who has been rested. Should the Irishman be ruled out, Joe Root would take his place in the side.
The Black Caps have an abysmal record against England in the shortest form of the game, having won just one of the seven T20 Internationals played between the sides. That success came in the first meeting between the pair in 2007 however, and Saturday’s loss was the hosts sixth in a row against the 2009 World Champions.
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