England take on New Zealand in the first of the three One Day Internationals (ODIs) to be played between the two sides in the Natwest Series on Friday. The game will be held at Lord's.
Where to Watch Live
Play starts at 10:45am BST. Catch coverage of the game on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD.
England come into the ODI series after a 2-0 win over the Kiwis during the two match Test series. The first Test, at Lord's, saw the English win by 170 runs and the second Test saw an even more emphatic result - they registered a 247 run victory at Headingley in Leeds.
Alastair Cook will once again bank on the pacers to continue their brilliant form. Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Steven Finn are all included in the squad for the three match ODI series. The English batting has also contributed to their recent success, with all-rounder Joe Root in good form and Cook scoring a century at Headingley.
Meanwhile, New Zealand will be hoping to make a comeback during the ODI series. The Kiwis batting order failed to fire in both Tests. Ross Taylor was the only player to manage a decent total during the Tests. A win in this series could provide crucial boosts, both for general morale and ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy
- Last Five ODIs (most recent first): W W L W L
- Last Result: England defeated New Zealand by five wickets
- Last Five ODIs (most recent first): L L W L W
- Last Result: New Zealand lost to England by five wickets
Kevin Pietersen remains unavailable. Joe Root's performance in the Test series means he will likely retain his position for the ODI series. Graeme Swann is likely to be the only spinner in the squad. Jos Buttler seems to have established himself in the squad as well, which will be a relief for Cook. Filling that wicket keeping position was becoming a bit annoying perhaps.
Probable Line-Up: Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Steven Finn
Trent Boult's absence will be a problem for McCullum. That should be offset by the return of Daniel Vettori. The Kiwis were completely undone by Swann's spin at Headingley and Vettori should, hopefully, be able to even the playing field on that score. Luke Ronchi gets only his second ODI call-up and will open the innings with Martin Guptill.
Probable Line-Up: Martin Guptill, Luke Ronchi, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Daniel Vettori, Tim Southee, Kyle Mills, Mitchell McClenaghan