Cardiff, United Kingdom – The stage is set for an exciting clash as England and New Zealand prepare to face off in the 1st ODI of the New Zealand tour of England, 2023, at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on September 8, 2023, at 17:00 local time. This ODI series follows the closely contested T20Is that ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw, and cricket fans can expect more intense action as these two cricketing giants lock horns in the fifty-over format.
Team Form and Key Developments
New Zealand: After staging a remarkable comeback in the T20Is to level the series, New Zealand is brimming with confidence. Tom Latham will lead the Blackcaps in the absence of Kane Williamson, who is recovering from a knee injury. The return of Trent Boult to the New Zealand squad for this ODI series adds further firepower to their bowling attack.
One of the most significant developments for England is the inclusion of Ben Stokes in the squad. Stokes, who came out of retirement, is set to play his first ODI since July 2022. His presence in the squad is aimed at preparing England for the upcoming World Cup in India. Another exciting addition is Gus Atkinson, a right-arm medium-fast bowler, who is likely to feature in the World Cup squad.
The New Zealand bowling attack looks formidable, and with the presence of Henry Nicholls and Tom Latham in the middle order, their batting lineup is promising.
England Preview: This series provides an excellent opportunity for England to fine-tune their squad ahead of the World Cup and test their players before finalizing the 15-man squad for the tournament. Gus Atkinson, the fast bowler, is a player to watch out for. Although he is yet to make his ODI debut, he showcased his talent in the recent T20Is, claiming 6 wickets in just 2 matches.
Ben Stokes, who last played an ODI in July 2022, is another player to keep an eye on in this squad. While there have been debates about his inclusion in the World Cup squad, Stokes’ impressive form in the longer format of the game makes this series an opportunity for him to silence his critics.
Sam Curran and David Willey, the bowling all-rounders, will play a crucial role in the lower order and aim to make the most of their chances in the XI during this series.
England’s batting lineup boasts Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, and Liam Livingstone, ensuring the team enters the series at full strength. Dawid Malan, despite a dip in form, remains a crucial figure in the middle order, having scored 769 runs from 18 ODIs at an impressive average of 54.93.
In the bowling department, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, and Adil Rashid are key players leading the attack.
England Predicted Playing XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid, Gus Atkinson.
New Zealand Preview: A confident New Zealand side, buoyed by their impressive comeback in the T20Is, is prepared for the challenge posed by England. Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls are back in the squad and are players to watch out for in New Zealand’s middle order.
Both Latham and Nicholls are experienced players who have played significant roles in the longer format of the game for the Blackcaps. They possess the ability to form partnerships and play extended innings.
New Zealand has also included Finn Allen and Glenn Phillips in the squad, alongside three batting all-rounders. The selection of the playing XI will determine whether all three find a spot.
Rachin Ravindra, although capable of bowling a few overs, is less likely to be selected over Mitchell Santner, who has often finished matches in the lower order.
Daryl Mitchell will be a crucial figure in the middle order and will have a substantial role to play for the team. Kyle Jamieson, with limited ODI experience (8 matches), is someone New Zealand would like to test in this series.
The bowling trio of Boult, Southee, and Ferguson will spearhead the pace attack and is also likely to feature in the World Cup. The choice for the fourth bowler will be among Matt Henry, Jamieson, and Adam Milne.
New Zealand Predicted Playing XI: Devon Conway, Finn Allen, Will Young, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (c & wk), Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Matt Henry.
The 1st ODI between England and New Zealand promises to be a closely contested encounter, with both teams looking to test their squad strength ahead of the World Cup. While England appears stronger on paper and enjoys the home advantage, New Zealand’s formidable bowling attack and ability to challenge the mighty English lineup cannot be underestimated.
Considering the depth in England’s lineup, their overall strength, experience, and familiarity with home conditions, they enter this match as favorites in our match prediction.
England to win
As cricket enthusiasts await this exciting contest at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, all eyes will be on the battle between England’s batting firepower and New Zealand’s bowling excellence. The ODI series opener is set to provide a glimpse of what’s to come in this highly anticipated series.