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New-look England banks on positive intent

Finn expects team to fight fire with fire ahead of first ODI against World Cup finalist New Zealand

New-look England banks on positive intent - Cricket News
Steve Finn will lead a relatively inexperienced side against New Zealand for the first ODI at Edgbaston.
A relatively young England side will look to get one over New Zealand when the teams meet in the first of five One-Day Internationals at Edgbaston on Tuesday (June 9).
When England named its 14-man ODI squad shortly after the 199-run loss to New Zealand in the second Test at Headingley – which saw the two-match series drawn 1-1 – a few big names were missing. The pace duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad, along with Ian Bell, Gary Ballance and Moeen Ali, were all rested with the upcoming Ashes in mind. Instead, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Jason Roy and David Willey all filled in, with Liam Plunkett, who last played an ODI in 2011 against Australia, also being recalled.
It meant England would head into the series against the World Cup finalist with a new-look, inexperienced side. That brings with it its own positives -- exuberance provided by youth, freedom of expression as part of a new approach and renewed spirit. These are all factors England will count on in the upcoming series, against a side known and increasingly feared for its attacking brand of play.

Steve Finn, the England paceman, said there was a need to play without hinges, and believed that could lead England to prosperity. “(We have) a lot of exciting guys who have certainly earned their right to be here in the England team. I think we need to go out there and play with the freedom that will allow us to get some confidence,” he told the England and Wales Cricket Board website. “If we let ourselves go and let ourselves enjoy it – as the guys did in the Test matches – that will bring the best out of us.
“It’s something we’ve been trying to do for a while now, and hopefully these fresh faces in the team will help us do that. They will be coming in fresh, trying to make a name for themselves and that’s an exciting place for us to be as a team. Those guys have done a lot of good things at domestic level, and a lot of them have made their debuts for England, so it won’t be their first game necessarily in an England shirt.”
The last time these two sides met was during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, when Tim Southee ran riot. His 7 for 33 dismantled England, which was shot out for just 123. Then, Brendon McCullum scored a characteristically aggressive 25-ball 77 that helped New Zealand complete the chase in just 12.2 overs, with eight wickets in hand. 
It was a typical New Zealand performance, and Finn admitted England was on something of a mission to avenge that loss. “They’re very good players and they obviously got the better of us over in New Zealand,” he said. “We are just trying to avenge that. We have plans, ideas we’d have come up with to negate their threat. But ultimately as a bowler, it’s my job to get those guys out and I’ll be trying to do that. If I get picked, it’ll be a good battle and I’m looking forward to it.” 
During the World Cup, McCullum’s men built a reputation for playing attacking cricket and it’s a brand that has won them fans the world over. It helped them reach the final of the World Cup, and more of it was on evidence during their 198-run victory in a 50-over warm-up game against Leicestershire. Grant Elliott and Luke Ronchi scored centuries, and there were welcome signs of Ross Taylor’s return to form – he scored a 62-ball 77 as the New Zealanders posted a massive 373 for 5. Mitchell McClenaghan, fresh off his stint with Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, then took 4 for 31 as Leicestershire folded for 175.

Finn said England’s best option would be to give New Zealand a taste of its own medicine. He said: “They’re obviously very strong. To get to the final of the World Cup is no mean feat. They’re an exceptional one-day side, but we’re looking to go toe-to-toe with them. We want to fight fire with fire, and we know they want to come hard at us. But if we can negate that and come back hard at them, we’ll be in a good place.”
While that strategy sounds promising, the question is how an inexperienced England side will fare in its attempts. Taylor, the former New Zealand skipper, wasn’t taking anything for granted. "You've got to respect the opposition and after the way they performed in the World Cup, they'll want to put in a good performance," he said after the win against Leicestershire. "There are a lot of new faces we've not seen before. But hopefully we can start again, we have the confidence."
Teams (from):
England: Eoin Morgan (capt), Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wk), Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Taylor, David Willey, Mark Wood.
New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (capt), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Luke Ronchi (wk), Mutchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, Ben Wheeler.

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