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Match Facts: England v New Zealand

Stuart Broad’s fitness England’s main worry ahead of ICC World T20 opener

Match Facts: England v New Zealand - Cricket News
When England starts its campaign against New Zealand, at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Saturday (March 22) evening, it is the fitness of Stuart Broad, its captain, and the conditions at the venue that will be on top of the mind. Broad, who has struggled with a knee injury that has been his constant companion over the last few months, got a chance to test himself out in the warm-up match against India, and was confident of pulling up strongly, thanks to the enforced rest. New Zealand, on the other hand, concerns itself less with the dew, perhaps because its seam bowlers were just excited to be presented with a surface that was true and had some grass cover on it. Here is a look at some key facts heading into the clash.

Facts:

England v New Zealand


England have won seven of the 10 completed T20Is between these teams. They have better win ratios only against Afghanistan and Zimbabwe (one win from one match against both teams).

New Zealand have won four of their last five T20Is. England have lost five of their last six. 

Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum have scored 825 runs batting together in T20Is – only David Warner and Shane Watson (1,136) have put on more as a partnership. 

Of players to face at least 100 balls in T20Is between Test-playing nations since the start of 2013, only Thisara Perera has a lower dot ball percentage than Ravi Bopara (25%). 

Of players to face at least 100 balls in T20Is between Test-playing nations since the start of 2013, only Aaron Finch (74%) has scored a higher percentage of runs in boundaries than Michael Lumb (71%).

Approaching milestones

Brendon McCullum needs 41 runs to become the first to score 2,000 T20I runs. 

Eoin Morgan needs 18 runs to reach 1,000 T20I runs. 

Ross Taylor (980) is also within reach of 1,000 T20I runs. 

Nathan McCullum needs two wickets to reach 50 T20I wickets.

Key Battles

Eoin Morgan v Brendon McCullum

Eoin Morgan and Brendon McCullum were born to play Twenty20 cricket. Explosive and inventive, they are capable of taking games away from the opposition with supreme boundary-hitting. Morgan is on the verge of joining the 1,000-run club that McCullum heads and England now rely heavily on Morgan as their match-winner in the absence of Kevin Pietersen. 

Morgan has struggled recently in the format, failing to reach 40 in his last 10 T20I innings, but he is a man for big occasions – he smashed 71 not out from 36 balls in England’s defeat against West Indies at the McCullum has more runs, fours, sixes, half-centuries and tons than anyone else in T20Is and has been a thorn in England’s side – he has hit two half-centuries in his last three T20I innings against the 2010 ICC.

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