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Chance for New Zealand to sew up series

Aggressive England looks to return to winning ways after narrow losses in the previous two games

Chance for New Zealand to sew up series - Cricket News
England's gamble of going in with a fresh, young squad for the series has paid dividends with Alex Hales, Stokes, Adil Rashid and David Willey all making contributions.
After a thrilling two-Test series ended in a 1-1 draw, England kicked off the five-match One-Day International series in style with a 210-run win in the first ODI after amassing 408. But New Zealand was quick to bounce back by winning the next two games to take a 2-1 lead. The onus is on England to level the series in the fourth match at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Wednesday (June 17), while New Zealand will look to seal it with a third win on the trot.
The score-line doesn’t paint an accurate enough picture of how close England came to victory in each of the last two games. Chasing 399 for victory in the second ODI, England fell short by 13 runs in a rain-interrupted game, while it lost by three wickets in game three after New Zealand rode on a record 206-run stand between Kane Williamson (118) and Ross Taylor (110) to scale down a target of 303.
Eoin Morgan’s side is now the only England team to score 300 in three successive ODIs. "We're trying to change our process and mindset with the bat -- which may take time," said Morgan after the third one-dayer. "We've come a long way in the last three games, scoring 300 plus in each of them -- which is a huge achievement and a big turnaround.”
England was en route an imposing total in the third natch when Sam Billings and Ben Stokes were at the crease. But after Billings was dismissed with 288 runs on the board in the 42nd over, England lost its remaining four wickets for just 12 runs, being bowled out for 302 with 28 deliveries left unutilised. But Morgan wanted his team to retain an aggressive mindset and attacking intent. "I want the guys to continue with that mindset, and not worry about batting 50 overs," he said.
England's gamble of going in with a fresh, young squad for the series has paid dividends with Alex Hales, Stokes, Adil Rashid and David Willey all making contributions. Mike Hesson, the New Zealand coach, was full of praise for the brand of cricket this new-fangled England side has displayed.
"They are a completely different team, a different team in so many ways," Hesson said. "If this side was at the World Cup, I think they would certainly scare a few teams in terms of the way they play. England are playing a brand of cricket that puts you under the pump unless you are really on song."
Craig and Jamie Overton have the chance to become the first twins to play international cricket for England, the pair drafted in to the squad instead of the injured duo of Liam Plunkett and Chris Jordan. Craig, an allrounder, has played 15 List A matches, while Jamie has appeared in 14. However, Willey and Mark Wood, who both played and impressed in the third ODI, are almost certain to retain their places in the playing XI. Willey picked up three wickets on debut, while Wood was the most economical bowler of the match, returning figures of 1 for 48 from ten overs.
New Zealand also suffered a setback ahead of the third ODI when Trent Boult was ruled out of the reset of the series with a back injury. Ben Wheeler, who replaced Boult, was impressive on debut, returning figures of 3 for 63 which earned him praise from his coach.
"Ben, you couldn't expect much more from a debutant, taking three of the top seven wickets and being there at the end with the bat," said Hesson. "The beauty of the squad is that we trust everyone to take on key roles. We certainly gave them (Wheeler and Mitchell Santner) key roles, we didn't hide them, and they stood up."  
In a high-scoring series as this, the bulk of New Zealand’s runs has come from the willows of Taylor and Williamson. Taylor has 286 runs in three innings including two centuries and one fifty, while Williamson has 256 – both being the top two run-scorers in the series. That the third highest scorer for New Zealand in this series is Martin Guptill with 74 runs reflects on how dominant Williamson and Taylor have been.
The momentum rests with New Zealand, but England have shown that their new attitude makes them a dangerous side, no matter the conditions or the opposition. New Zealand will need to win the series to retain third spot in the ODI team rankings, while England will look at closing the gap between itself and fifth-placed Sri Lanka.
Teams (from):
England: Eoin Morgan (capt), Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wk), Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Taylor, David Willey, Mark Wood, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton.
New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (capt), Corey Anderson, Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Luke Ronchi (wk), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, Ben Wheeler.

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