Trans-Tasman T20 tri-series

Angelica Greene
February 15, 2018

England: Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, James Vince, Jos Buttler (capt, wk), Sam Billings, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Chris Jordan, Mark Wood.

Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santer and Trent Boult then restricted England to 184-9, as Dawid Malan (59) and Alex Hales (47) lacked the support they needed to stage a meaningful run chase.

Westpac Stadium could fall under further scrutiny from New Zealand Cricket after images surfaced of a significantly lacklustre drop-in pitch set to be used for tonight's crucial Tri-Series Twenty20 match between the Black Caps and England.

England now need Australia, who have already reached the final, to defeat New Zealand on Friday if they are to have any hope of making it to the decider in Auckland next week. Williamson said he had chatted amicably with Doull about the former pace bowler's comments but would be looking to continue the balancing act that sees him lead the Test, ODI and T20 sides. Williamson, even if he plays, is unlikely to be fully fit but even then he is a better option than Nicholls.

England went into their game with New Zealand in Wellington having suffered two defeats to the Baggy Greens, but a 12-run setback against the Black Caps has left the tourists on the brink of finishing in last place.

Losing Colin Munro early on, opener Martin Guptill (65) and skipper Kane Williamson (72) smashed half-centuries to put on a second-wicket stand of 82 runs.

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The fielding highlight for England was a spectacular leaping catch at long off from Chris Jordan to remove Colin de Grandhomme first ball.

Newcomers Mark Chapman (20) and Tim Seifert (14 not out) provided the late fireworks on their global debuts.

Speaking on New Zealand radio last week, Doull suggested bringing in a specialist T20 coach to replace Mike Hesson and said that Williamson should only be in the side as an opener.

"You can write what you like, that's fine", Williamson said. "I spoke to Simon afterwards, he wanted to go for a coffee".

Chapman and Seifert scored quick runs.

Williamson, who was going at run-a-ball rate from the start, accelerated and by the time he got to 50 for the eighth time in T20s, he'd faced only 34 balls. Chapman, now a dual global, became the first player born in Hong Kong to play for a full member side since Dermot Reeve's England debut in May 1991. "So it's important we don't get ahead of ourselves".

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