England and New Zealand face off in an intense 1st ODI ahead of the 2023 World Cup. Ben Stokes returns from retirement, Harry Brook joins England, while Tom Latham leads the Kiwis. Excitement abounds.
The cricketing world is abuzz with anticipation as England and New Zealand gear up for the 1st ODI of their 4-match series, set to commence at 5:00 PM IST. The preceding four-match series between these two cricketing giants ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw, setting the stage for an even more intense battle this time around. The stakes are high, with both teams eyeing preparation for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2023 in India.
One of the most significant developments leading up to this clash is the return of England’s star all-rounder, Ben Stokes, who has come out of retirement to bolster his team’s chances. Stokes, known for his match-winning abilities, adds considerable depth to the English squad.
In a surprising move, Harry Brook, who wasn’t initially included in England’s provisional squad for the World Cup 2023, has been drafted into the team as a batting reserve. His inclusion reflects England’s commitment to strengthening their batting lineup for the World Cup.
New Zealand, on the other hand, is hopeful of the return of their captain, Kane Williamson, for the World Cup 2023, but they will have to manage without him in this series against England. Tom Latham will lead the Kiwi side, a role he has embraced since September 2022.
Notably, Trent Boult will make his much-anticipated return to the New Zealand side for the first time since September 2022, adding a significant dimension to their bowling attack.
Squads for the 1st ODI:
England: Jos Buttler (captain), Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, Harry Brook.
New Zealand: Tom Latham (c), Finn Allen, Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Will Young.
Team 1: Wicketkeeper: Jos Buttler, Tom Latham; Batter: Jason Roy, Joe Root; All-rounder: Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali; Bowler: Trent Boult, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes; Captain: Jos Buttler, Vice-captain: Sam Curran.
Team 2: Wicketkeeper: Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow; Batter: Joe Root, Devon Conway; All-rounder: Sam Curran, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Mitchell Santner; Bowler: Tim Southee, Reece Topley, Gus Atkinson; Captain: Jos Buttler, Vice-captain: Sam Curran.
Predicted Playing XIs:
England Predicted 11: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (C), Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, Reece Topley, Adil Rashid.
New Zealand Predicted 11: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Tom Latham, Glenn Phillips, Will Young, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Matt Henry.
This clash between England and New Zealand promises to be a thrilling encounter, and cricket fans worldwide will be tuning in to witness the action. The match will be available for live streaming on the Sony Liv app and website and will also be broadcasted on the Sony Sports Network. Stay tuned for an exciting showdown as these two teams set the stage for the World Cup 2023.