England's Ball 'cherishes' New Zealand haul

Angie Massey
June 20, 2017

"I thought they did an outstanding job" said Morgan.

Boult and fellow opening bowler Tim Southee failed to do that against England as one of the tournament favourites got off to a good start, scoring 118 from their first 20 overs.

It was at Cardiff, now a much-changed ground, where Bangladesh caused arguably the biggest of all ODI upsets by beating a powerful Australia side back in 2005. However, the Lancashire wicketkeeper-batsman, cracked a fine unbeaten 61 against New Zealand.

England will return to Cardiff for a semi-final against the runners-up in Group B next Wednesday, regardless of the result of their final pool match against rivals Australia at Edgbaston on Saturday.

Wood returned at the 30-over stage of the run chase in Cardiff to take the critical wicket of Kane Williamson (87).

Meanwhile, Kane Williamson, the New Zealand captain, could be facing a ban for slow over-rates after his side took nearly four hours to complete the England innings. And we have got some good memories of playing there.

Tuesday's success means England will return to the Welsh capital as Group A victor for a last-four clash against the Group B runner-up on June 14.

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Jake Ball bowled a tight spell of 31/2 in his eight overs to restrict New Zealand and the Kiwis' chances of qualifying for the semis now look very bleak.

Should Australia win, it will extend their stay in Birmingham where they would play in the second semi-final against the victor of Group B - which is likely to be South Africa or India - on June 15. The Black Caps never found a rhythm and ran out of wickets as the innings came to a close, not giving them the option to take a lot of risks.

"We go into every game looking to win".

Both teams have a point apiece in the one-day worldwide tournament after they were each well beaten by England, while their respective matches with Australia ended in rain-induced no results.

He said: "I certainly think [we have alighted on our best team]". The trio weren't overly explosive with the bat but steadily added to the score, as the Black Caps couldn't find the wickets they desperately needed.

Wood and Ball, who also removed Ross Taylor for 39, went for less than four runs an over as Rashid's leg-spin was also economical and accounted for Neil Broom and Mitchell Santner.

Ian Bell termed England's win over new Zealand, as a complete team win.

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