MOUNT MAUNGANUI: England won the toss and elected to bowl first in the second one-day international against New Zealand at Mount Maunganui on Wednesday.
“It looks a good wicket, maybe a little bit soft, but we enjoy chasing as a team,” captain Eoin Morgan said ahead of the day-night fixture.
“It’s worked for us in the past so hopefully it’ll work again.”
England stayed with the same line-up that narrowly lost the first match by three wickets in Hamilton on Sunday.
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Paceman Tim Southee was named New Zealand captain after regular skipper Kane Williamson was sidelined with a strained hamstring.
Hong Kong-born Mark Chapman replaces Williamson in the batting line-up, while speedster Lockie Ferguson comes in for spinner Ish Sodhi with the ball.
New Zealand have won nine straight one-dayers and a 10th would set a new record for the Black Caps.
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Mark Chapman, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee (capt), Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Tom Curran
Umpires: Rod Tucker (AUS), Wayne Knights (NZL)
TV umpire: Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SRI)
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI). – AFP
Story first published: 28th February 2018