New Zealand Squad: Tim Seifert (wk), Tim Southee (c), Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Blair Tickner
England Squad: Jonny Bairstow (wk), Eoin Morgan (c), Tom Banton, Dawid Malan, James Vince, Sam Billings, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, Matthew Parkinson, Lewis Gregory, Joe Denly, Saqib Mahmood, Patrick Brown
It wasn’t so long ago that New Zealand and England were playing out one of the best – if not the best – 50-over matches of all time at Lord’s in July’s remarkable, ridiculous World Cup final. After emerging victorious, albeit by the skin of their teeth, England won’t mind anyone bringing that match up but it is certain that New Zealand would rather forget it entirely.
The agony of losing is still raw and England’s arrival for a T20I and Test tour is far from ideal timing, a reminder of what might have been. All New Zealand can do now is try to move on as best they can. And with a 20-over World Cup a little less than a year away, they at least have something to focus on.
The five game T20I series, beginning in Christchurch on Friday, is the start of the run-in to that tournament for both teams, a chance to focus on the shortest format now that the 50-over World Cup out of the way. New Zealand have 26 T20I games remaining before the T20 World Cup gets underway in Australia next year while England have just 17 matches between now and then. Enough time to get things in gear but not so much that any moment can be wasted. This series is an important starting point in preparations for both squads.
It is the same starting point maybe but the approaches being taken are rather different. While England have opted to rest a host of all-format players after a hectic summer, New Zealand have decided to begin their home summer flat out and with a first choice squad. Only captain Kane Williamson, who has a hip problem, and Trent Boult, who is out of the first three matches to prepare for the Test series which follows, are missing from their first choice squad. Otherwise, New Zealand, who will be captained by Tim Southee, are at full strength and hoping to make it a fourth T20 series victory on the bounce.
Oct 27, SunNew Zealand XI vs England, 1st T20 Practice Match Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln England won by 6 wkts5:30 AM 12:00 AM GMT / 12:00 PM LOCAL
Oct 29, TueNew Zealand XI vs England, 2nd T20 Practice Match Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln New Zealand XI won by 8 wkts5:30 AM 12:00 AM GMT / 12:00 PM LOCAL
Nov 01, FriNew Zealand vs England, 1st T20I Hagley Oval, Christchurch 6:30 AM 01:00 AM GMT / 02:00 PM LOCAL
Nov 03, SunNew Zealand vs England, 2nd T20I Westpac Stadium, Wellington 6:30 AM 01:00 AM GMT / 02:00 PM LOCAL
Nov 05, TueNew Zealand vs England, 3rd T20I Saxton Oval, Nelson 6:30 AM 01:00 AM GMT / 02:00 PM LOCAL
Nov 08, FriNew Zealand vs England, 4th T20I McLean Park, Napier 10:30 AM 05:00 AM GMT / 06:00 PM LOCAL
Nov 10, SunNew Zealand vs England, 5th T20I Eden Park, Auckland 6:30 AM 01:00 AM GMT / 02:00 PM LOCAL
Nov 12, Tue – Nov 13, WedNew Zealand XI vs England, 2-day Practice Match Cobham Oval (New) , Whangarei 3:30 AM (Nov 12) 10:00 PM GMT (Nov 11) / 11:00 AM LOCAL
Nov 15, Fri – Nov 17, SunNew Zealand XI vs England, 3-day Practice Match Cobham Oval (New) , Whangarei 3:30 AM (Nov 15) 10:00 PM GMT (Nov 14) / 11:00 AM LOCAL
Nov 21, Thu – Nov 25, MonNew Zealand vs England, 1st Test Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui 3:30 AM (Nov 21) 10:00 PM GMT (Nov 20) / 11:00 AM LOCAL
Nov 29, Fri – Dec 03, TueNew Zealand vs England, 2nd Test Seddon Park, Hamilton 3:30 AM (Nov 29) 10:00 PM GMT (Nov 28) / 10:00 AM LOCAL