After having won the three-match ODI series against New Zealand, England are eyeing to maintain their winning momentum despite the defeat in the final match in Dunedin. New Zealand, on the other hand, won by seven wickets on the back of Amy Satterthwaite’s unbeaten century and an all-round show from the youngster Amelia Kerr.
Since the ODI series has done and dusted, both teams will shift their attention to the three-match T20I series that starts on Wednesday (March 3). As far as the host New Zealand is concerned, they have secured their first ODI win in 12 matches as well. And, to help her side win, Satterthwaite also scored 4,000 ODI runs, becoming only the third New Zealand player – after Suzie Bates and Debbie Hockley and 10th overall to do so.
“This is my first win as ODI captain, so it’s been a long time coming,” said New Zealand captain Sophie Devine. “Amy Satterthwaite led from the front and Amelia Kerr is a gun, but our bowlers also got a chance to shine as England were in a good position to have a crack in the last 20 overs and we pegged them back.”
However, Devine has currently been struggling with the bat in the recently-concluded ODI series. In the absence of veteran Suzie Bates, Devine has to step up to support Amy Satterthwaite in the upper order to give a tough fight to England.
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On the other hand, England opener Tammy Beaumont has been in a red hot form. She smashed three consecutive fifties as well. However, their defeat in the final ODI ended their ten-match winning streak across all formats, which included two comfortable victories in the first two ODIs as well.
While Beaumont scored 72, Heather Knight’s unbeaten 67 helped them to secure an eight-wicket win in the first ODI in Christchurch. In the second ODI in Dunedin, Tammy Beaumont top-scored with an unbeaten 72 and ensured a convincing seven-wicket win. And, in the final, it was against Beaumont whose unbeaten 88 alongside Knight’s 60 helped them put up 220 on the board.
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— England Cricket (@englandcricket) February 28, 2021
With these two in the middle, one can expect another fine inning. Meanwhile, they will have Nat Sciver in the middle-order whose all-round performance can do wonders too. In the absence of their pace bowler Anya Shrubsole, Katherine Brunt has to take the entire charge of the pace attack. Moreover, she will get support from Sciver and Natasha Farrant alongside the spinners like Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn and others.
For New Zealand, their middle-order comprises Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin, Brooke Halliday, Kate Ebrahim and others. All of them are in good form. While Kerr’s all-round effort took the team home in the final ODI, debutant Halliday impressed everyone with her amazing fifties in both the innings she batted. However, their pace spearhead Lea Tahuhu wouldn’t be featured in the series due to injury and Hannah Rowe too tweaked her quad.
In their absence, Jess Kerr will lead the pace attack whereas it will be interesting to see if Gabby Sullivan make her debut. For spin, Leigh Kasperek, who wasn’t a part of the ODI series, has returned and all set to take the field as well.
However, all three matches will be played at the Sky Stadium, Wellington, due to logistical complications amid COVID-19.
New Zealand: Sophie Devine, Kate Ebrahim, Maddy Green, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Jess Kerr, Rosemary Mair, Katey Martin, Thamsyn Newton, Hannah Rowe, Amy Satterthwaite, Gabby Sullivan, Brooke Halliday
England: Heather Knight, Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Tash Farrant, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Nat Sciver, Mady Villiers, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Danni Wyatt
New Zealand vs England T20I Series Schedule:
Wednesday, March 3: 1st T20I
Friday, March 5: 2nd T20I
Sunday, March 7: 3rd T20I