Trent Boult
Trent Boult receives the player of the match award during the 2015 ICC World Cup match between New Zealand and ScotlandGetty

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New Zealand will take on England in a Group A clash of the 2015 ICC World Cup at Westpac Stadium, Wellington on Friday.

Where to Watch Live

The match starts at 1am GMT. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD. Click here for the live streaming link.

Overview

New Zealand are on a roll after winning the first two Group A fixtures. They kick-started the tournament with a clash against Sri Lanka and they managed to defeat the island nation comfortably.

The next tie was against Scotland and the Kiwis sealed a victory by three wickets as the Scots could post only a total of 142 runs. Brendan McCullum saw his side give away wickets and a much better target would have put the co-host nation in trouble.

James Taylor
Taylor struck 98 in England's World Cup defeat to Australia.Getty Images

Meanwhile, England suffered a defeat at the hands of Australia in the second game of the first day of the World Cup. The English bowlers failed to capitalise on the momentum they had gained after picking up quick wickets early in the innings.

Eoin Morgan saw his side give away wickets and that is something the Three Lions will be looking to avoid against New Zealand. England need a victory over the Kiwis on Friday and a defeat could put their chances of making it to the next stage of the World Cup in jeopardy.

Betting Odds (888Sport.com)

  • New Zealand to win: 11/21
  • England to win:17/11

What They Say

Brendon McCullum (New Zealand captain): "Tough times don't last, but tough blokes do. He's [Eoin Morgan] a champion player. He's one of my better mates from around the world in terms of cricket."

Team News

New Zealand

Possible XI: Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum (c), Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi (wk), Daniel Vettori, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Trent Boult

England

Possible XI: Ian Bell, Moeen Ali, Gary Ballance, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), James Taylor, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, James Anderson