Brendon McCullum scored 69* in the 1st ODI. Image courtesy of skysports.com
New Zealand can wrap up its One Day International series against England with victory in the 2nd ODI between the sides at Napier on Wednesday, after taking the opener in Hamilton by three wickets on the weekend.
Captain Brendon McCullum was the match winner for the Black Caps on Sunday, after guiding his side to victory with an unbeaten 69 from just 61 deliveries. The hard hitting wicketkeeper batsman has played a big part in both of his sides wins against England during their tour, with his 74 in the 2nd Twenty20 International between the sides enough to propel his side to victory. Sunday’s win came at a cost for the hosts, with Martin Guptill picking up a hamstring injury that forced him to retire hurt before he came back to hit the winning runs, while Mitchell McClenaghan suffered a series ending side strain. Tim Southee returns to the squad having performed well for Northern Districts in domestic cricket, while Hamish Rutherford is likely to earn a first ODI cap opening alongside BJ Watling in place of Guptill.
Despite being well placed going into the last ten overs of their innings at Seddon Pak, England finished off poorly with the bat and may elect to strength the middle order to avoid a repeat in Napier. Ian Bell , Jonathan Trott and Joe Root all scored half centuries but the tail looked long with fast bowling allrounder Chris Woakes batting at seven and Samit Patel could be recalled in place of the youngster. Jonny Bairstow will also be pressing for a recall but the fact that Patel can bowl 10 overs is likely to see him get the nod over the promising Yorkshire batsman.
Remarkably, despite the cramped international cricket schedule, this is the first 50 over series between the pair since 2008. New Zealand has dominated recent clashes between the sides in this format recently however, winning 18 of the past 25 50 over matches that they have locked horns in.
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