- Teams: England vs. New Zealand
- Event: ICC Cricket World Cup 2023
- Date: October 5, 2023
- Toss: New Zealand won the toss and chose to field
- Time: 2:00 PM GMT
- Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
The stadium’s stands remain sparsely populated as players emerge for the anthems. Sachin Tendulkar, a cricket legend, receives a warm welcome from the few spectators as he stands beside the trophy. New Zealand’s national anthem is up first, followed by England’s.
Team Analysis: New Zealand appears to be somewhat missing full strength in their bowling department today due to the unavailability of Ferguson and Southee. Neesham, Phillips, and Mitchell will need to step up. However, their batting lineup looks solid and deep.
Head-to-Head Rivalry: There is no doubt these two teams went for neck-to-neck knot in the 2019 final, and their World Cup head-to-head record remains tied at 5-5. Let’s see what this intense rivalry is further going to linked feature.
England vs. New Zealand Team Squads
England (Playing XI):
Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Jos Buttler (w/c), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
New Zealand (Playing XI):
Devon Conway, Will Young, Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (w/c), Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, James Neesham, Matt Henry, Trent Boult
What Captains want to say:
Tom Latham: We’ve decided to have a bowl first today. The pitch is looking quite promising, and we’re hopeful it’ll become even better for batting by the end of the day. Our preparations have been absolutely fantastic, considering that our players came together from different parts of the world just a week ago. Unfortunately, our captain Kane isn’t quite ready yet, and Ferguson is carrying a slight niggle. So, that means Sodhi, Kane, and Southee—all miss out today. But we’re ready for a great series, and we’re looking forward to it!
Jos Buttler: Says that he would’ve opted to bowl first as well. Just take a look at this pitch; it’s absolutely fantastic! Our preparations have been top-notch, and we’re riding the wave of a fantastic series against New Zealand back home. It’s been four years since we achieved something incredible, and that’s a source of immense pride for all of us. However, we have a bit of a setback today as Ben won’t be joining us on the field due to a pesky hip issue. It’s not just Ben; we also have Atkinson, Topley, Willey, and Stokes missing out today. But we’re still fired up and ready to give it our all!