England aim to get off the mark in Wellington

New Zealand Cricket Team Warm Up

New Zealand will entertain England at Wellington's Westpac Stadium from 0100 GMT tomorrow in what is an important game for both sides.

England received a thrashing at the hands of one of the hosts - Australia at the MCG - in their first game and must hope history doesn't repeat itself. If it does, then they leave themselves open to the real possibility of failing to reach the knockout stages of the tournament if they fail to beat all of Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Scotland. Ireland's win over the West Indies, as well as the strong performances from fellow associate nations Scotland and the UAE, shows that these games cannot be taken for granted.

New Zealand, meanwhile, already have two wins on the board and probably already have an eye on finishing as high in Pool A as possible in order to gain a more favourable quarter-final opponent. They enter this contest as favourites after following up their good preparation for the tournament with a comfortable win over Sri Lanka and avoiding a banana-skin against Scotland.

Strengths and weaknesses:
England have many areas they need to improve, most notably the form of their captain Eoin Morgan whose recent plethora of ducks has led some on social media to dub him Eoin Mooorgan. He has passed five just once in his last eight ODI innings, although that was a memorable century at the SCG against Australia. Morgan has, though, received backing from opposite number Brendon McCullum.

"Morgs is a champion player, he's probably one of my better mates in cricket," McCullum said on ESPN Cricinfo. "Tough times don't last but tough blokes do, so hopefully soon he'll come out of it. Hopefully tomorrow we're able to keep him quiet but I'm very confident at some point he will bounce out of it because he's a quality player and he's a tough bloke too."

McCullum went onto highlight England's bowling attack as an area of concern despite the recent troubles that they have had in bowling at the death.

"I think they're a very good bowling attack, they're going to pose a different challenge to what we've faced in the last while," he said. "But it's a challenge the boys are looking forward to, the wicket at Wellington usually has a few runs in it too so hopefully we can perform with a similar blueprint to the last 12 to 18 months. If we can do that we'll give ourselves a good chance."

New Zealand entered this World Cup as serious challengers and have most bases covered. A middle-order including the in-form Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Grant Elliott will proceed openers McCullum and Martin Guptill and be followed by a dangerous lower-order led by Corey Anderson and Luke Ronchi. Perhaps England's best hope is to use their strength - namely the new-ball trio of Steven Finn, James Anderson and Stuart Broad - to take early wickets and get Anderson and Ronchi at the crease early.

The Black Caps' bowling attack is equally potent. Trent Boult has recently begun to translate his terrific Test form into limited-overs cricket and will lead a new-ball attack that, along with Tim Southee, is up their among the best in the competition. Adam Milne is one of the fastest bowlers in the tournament and Daniel Vettori one of the most experienced. One possible area of weakness is the fifth bowling duties which will be shard by Anderson, Williamson and Elliott.

Team News:
New Zealand have already named their eleven and will again be unchanged.

Confirmed XI: Brendon McCullum (captain), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi (wicket-keeper), Daniel Vettori, Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Trent Boult.

England surprised many by dropping Ravi Bopara in favour of Gary Ballance before their first game at the MCG. It seems inconceivable that the move will be reversed after just one match, although Alex Hales remains an attractive option at number three. Captain Morgan has time left before his place comes under serious scrutiny so vice-captain Jos Buttler wil have to wait a little while longer for his promotion. The bowling attack was expensive against Australia, with Chris Jordan an option. This, though, appears unlikely, meaning that an unchanged XI will probably be the result.

Likely XI: Moeen Ali, Ian Bell, Gary Ballance, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (captain), James Taylor, Jos Buttler (wicket-keeper), Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, James Anderson.

The pitch like most in this tournament is expected to be another flat one with 300 the order of the day for the team that bats first. The overhead conditions look like being mostly sunny, with patchy cloud and only the very outside chance of any rain. It will be quite breezy with temperatures peaking at around 21 degrees Celsius.

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