Napier: Coming after a rare ODI series win in South Africa, New Zealand were confident of doing well against the world number three ODI outfit, England, at home, and they have done one better as the Kiwis eye their second consecutive ODI series by winning the 2nd ODI at McLean Park, Napier on Wednesday.
After being under pump twice, New Zealand fought back well to clinch a thriller at Seddon Park with Kane Williamson and Brendon McCullum starring with the bat for the hosts. But the win for the Kiwis came at a cost. Opener Martin Guptill was ruled out for the 2nd ODI after he pulled a hamstring during the first ODI retiring hurt while batting, even though he came back in style to seal the game in his team's favour, while left-arm pacer Mitchell McClenaghan, who picked up four wickets at Seddon Park, has been sidelined for the rest of the series after suffering a side strain.
Hamish Rutherford and Tim Southee have been drafted in as replacements for the duo for the 2nd ODI and with an all-round superb domestic performance, Southee will be eager to get back into the international mix after being sidelined for two months because of injury.
England looked a bit flustered in the first ODI as half of the team did not even have a practice knock before the series. Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott and Joe Root all got starts but got out at the wrong time, but it is Trott who is under the scanner for his 90-ball 68. But it is highly unlikely that England would be changing their playing XI. For New Zealand, Andrew Ellis, who had a forgettable day will the ball in the first ODI might sit out for Trent Boult.
Ross Taylor, who is making a comeback into the New Zealand setup after a dispute with the administration, failed to get going but looked in good touch in his brief stay of 22. England would be in a better shape in the 2nd ODI and with the best batting pitch on offer in New Zealand at McLean Park, it is likely that England will take the series to the decider at Auckland.
New Zealand: 1 Hamish Rutherford, 2 BJ Watling, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Brendon McCullum (captain and wicketkeeper), 6 Grant Elliott, 7 James Franklin, 8 Nathan McCullum, 9 Kyle Mills, 10 Trent Boult, 11 Tim Southee
England : 1 Alastair Cook (captain), 2 Ian Bell, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Joe Root, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), 7 Chris Woakes, 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 James Anderson, 11 Steven Finn.