England face a must-win clash against New Zealand in the 4th T20I of the tri-series at Wellington on Tuesday. England have lost both the T20Is to Australia and face an early exit if they lose to New Zealand on Tuesday. New Zealand have faced defeat in the first T20I against Australia. They would look to get past a struggling England to inch closer towards final. Cricwizz takes a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the two teams ahead of the fourth T20I clash between New Zealand and England.
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Batting firepower: England have batting firepower in Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Alex Hales who can destroy any attack on their day. If their regular skipper Eoin Morgan plays in the T20I against New Zealand, it will give an added boost to their line-up. At the moment, England batting has flattered to deceive. But with the final on line, England players will have to produce some brilliance with the bat to keep the series alive.
Top-order failure: England batsmen have not put enough runs on the board to give their bowlers enough total to defend. Their top-order in the last clash failed miserably before stand-in skipper Jos Buttler rescued the innings with a knock of 46.
England squad: Eoin Morgan, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, David Willey, Mark Wood, Sam Curran, Jake Ball.
A bunch of T20 stars: New Zealand have most of the T20 players who have considerable IPL and T20 experience. Kane Williamson plays for SRH in IPL, Colin de Grandhomme will play for RCB and Colin Munro will feature for Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2018. Other players such as Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Trent Boult too have experience of playing various domestic T20 tournaments. Hence, they will start favourites against a struggling England.
New Zealand weaknesses:
Complacency: New Zealand, of late, have enjoyed a good run in limited-overs cricket. They routed Pakistan 5-0 in the ODI series, but lost the T20I series 1-2. Hence, New Zealand should not take England lightly and give a ruthless performance to virtually knock out England out of the tri-series.
Squad: Kane Williamson, Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Tom Bruce, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Anaru Kitchen, Colin Munro, Seth Rance, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Ben Wheeler.
Prediction: England struggled to be competitive against Australia in the last two T20Is. New Zealand will start favourite in the Wellington T20I as they are playing at home. Our vote goes to New Zealand.
Possible winner: New Zealand