England are in action just days after their disappointment of failing to win the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy at home as they take on New Zealand in the first of the two T20 Internationals at the Oval on Tuesday.

Eoin Morgan

Where to Watch Live

Play starts at 6:30pm BST. Live coverage will be available on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. Follow the match live, via text updates, on ESPN Cricinfo.


England won the toss in the finals of the Champions Trophy and put India to bat last Sunday. MS Dhoni's men managed just 129 after the end of their innings. Shikhar Dhawan (31) and Virat Kohli (43) were the only top order batsmen to get going at the top while Ravindra Jadeja's unbeaten knock of 35 from 25 deliveries saw them post a decent total on board.

In reply, England failed to fire at the top as their openers Alastair Cook (2) and Ian Bell (13) were dismissed cheaply, who was then followed by their in form batsman Jonathan Trott (20). Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara took the game away from India as the duo managed to score above 30 runs, before Ishant Sharma managed to end both their innings.

With the dismissal of Morgan and Bopara, England then saw a sudden collapse, which saw them lose the game by five runs and eventually the Champions Trophy.

Meanwhile, New Zealand come into this game after making an exit from the group stages of the Champions Trophy. The Kiwis' last game saw them lose to England by 10 runs and the defeat saw them crash out of the competition.

The rain did have an impact as the tie between England and New Zealand was reduced to 24 overs. England managed 169 and in reply, New Zealand fell short of 10 runs, managing just 159 for the loss of eight wickets after the end of their innings. Brendon McCullum will be hoping for a win in the T20 game against the England while the host will be looking for a win, which will give them the much needed boost for the Ashes.

Ross Taylor

Team Form

  • England (most recent first): W L W W L
  • New Zealand (most recent first): L W L L W

Team News

Morgan will lead the side in the shorter format of the game for England and his side will be given a major boost after the return of Kevin Pietersen to the squad. The right-handed batsman is likely to start on Tuesday against the Kiwis. Jade Dernbach will lead his side's bowling attack

Probable Line-Up: Gary Ballance, Ravi Bopara, Kevin Pietersen, Luke Wright, Danny Briggs, Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), James Tredwell, Jade Dernbach, Chris Woakes, Ben Stokes

McCullum will be banking on his most experienced players, Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor to fire with the bat against England. Mitchell McClenaghan will be given the role to lead his side's pace attack after his brilliant performance in the Champions Trophy.

Probable Line-Up: Martin Guptill, Corey Anderson, Hamish Rutherford, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (c), James Franklin, Nathan McCullum, Tom Latham (wk), Kyle Mills, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ronnie Hira