Live New Zealand vs England, first T20: live score and latest updates from Christchurch
England conquered the ODI landscape in 2019, but how are they shaping up ahead of the 2020 T20 World Cup?
Let Tim Wigmore be your guide through England's current predicament in the shortest format of the game. I'm not counting Ten10. Read his summary here.
Guptill, Munro, Seifert, Taylor, de Grandhomme, Mitchell, Santner, Kuggeleijn, Southee, Sodhi, Ferguson
Bairstow, Malan, Vince, Morgan, Billings, S Curran, Gregory, T Curran, Jordan, Rashid, Brown
England have won the toss and will bowl first
England back in red, New Zealand in...grey and black.
Eoin Morgan, England captain:
The wicket looks extremely good for this time of year, it can be difficult to defend sometimes in the second innings. First and foremost we'll have to play well. We love touring New Zealand it's a fantastic place. Exciting for those guys [Brown, Curran and Gregory] to get this opportunity on a tour where we're missing about seven top players, so a chance for them to stake their claim.
The last time these two sides met
In case you need reminding...
Slightly different setting and occasion now.
Nasser Hussain says the pitch is a belter
.@NasserCricket says the pitch looks a belter for the 1st#NZvENG T20I - and that Lewis Gregory is on course for a debut...— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) November 1, 2019
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He also says NZ will be looking for revenge. Presumably for the World Cup final. But it's not going to be revenge is it? Even if they take the series 5-0. Not the same, Nass, not the same.
England team news
Pat Brown, Lewis Gregory and Sam Curran all to make their T20I debuts.Credit: Getty Images
Good luck, lads.
Good morning cricket fans
International cricket returns! England begin their winter tours in New Zealand with a series of five T20Is with. Five does seem like an awful lot, yes, but the T20 World Cup kicks off in about a year's time (in Australia in 2020, see what they did there?) so these matches take on more significance.
England, of course, come off the back of some decent white ball achievements under previous coach Trevor Bayliss. Winning the World Cup this year was pretty neat and three years ago they reached the final of the T20 World Cup, too. But that was then and this is now. Bayliss has left his post and Chris Silverwood has replaced him as England's head coach. This is his first tour (and this his first proper game) in charge.
England's squad for this series, too, has a new look. Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Joe Root are all missing this part of the tour but fresh faces like Tom Banton and Lewis Gregory (Somerset), Pat Brown (Worcestershire) and Matt Parkinson (Lancashire) all come in and will surely feature at some point in this series. Eoin Morgan, England's victorious World Cup captain, stays on in his role.
Full England squad for T20I series vs New Zealand:
Eoin Morgan (capt), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Pat Brown, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Lewis Gregory, Chris Jordan, Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Matt Parkinson, Adil Rashid, James Vince.
Hosts New Zealand are missing Kane Williamson and Trent Boult is unavailable for the first three games of the series, too.
It's always nice when England get going on their winter tours, although the hours of a New Zealand tour make it a difficult watch or listen. But it's a godsend to the night owls, insomniacs and cricket nuts.
Anyway, another winter of cricket kicks off at 1am GMT. I'll be here to take you through it all. Hope to see some new faces impress.