The daily tournament preview charges down the wicket with Cricket World Cup tips as England and New Zealand both strive to confirm their spot in the semi-finals.
19:30 (AEST), Wed 3rd Jul @ Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
History: Played 89: New Zealand 43 V England 40 (2 Ties, 4 No Results)
Last meeting: March 10, 2018: England d New Zealand by 7 wickets at Hagley Oval
Final Thoughts: England and New Zealand line up for their last Cricket World Cup round-robin fixture – and both heavyweights are under a bit of pressure.
Neither contender is yet guaranteed a semi-final berth. If England lose, they will be bounced out if Pakistan can beat Bangladesh on Friday. New Zealand is slightly safer one point ahead and with a decent net run rate. They should get through even with a loss here.
England bounced back from their 64-run loss to Australia with a clutch 31-run victory over India on Sunday.
Jonny Bairstow (111 off 109), Ben Stokes (79 off 54) and the returning Jason Roy (66 off 57) carried the hosts to 7/337. Liam Plunkett (3/55) and Chris Woakes (2/58) were the pick of the bowlers as England held their nerve for a potentially campaign-saving win.
The Kiwis are under the pump after back-to-back losses to Pakistan (6 wickets) and Australia (86 runs).
Trent Boult (4/51), Jimmy Neesham (2/28) and Lockie Ferguson (2/49) were superb as they restricted Australia to 9/243. But their top order failed horribly again. Talisman Kane Williamson (40 off 51) top-scored modestly.
Henry Nicholls replaced underperforming opener Colin Munro, but he made just eight. Martin Guptill and Tom Latham are in desperate need of runs.
England confront Kiwi hoodoo
England has a shocking Cricket World Cup record against New Zealand, losing the last five clashes between the nations. The Black Caps scored a crushing eight-wicket win in 2015 as Tim Southee (7/33) went on a rampage and England crumbled to 123 all out. England’s last World Cup win over the Kiwis was in 1983.
They last met at ODI level in March 2018, with England carving out a 3-2 series win on New Zealand soil.
The pressure on England here is immense. It’s not a situation they traditionally cope well with and dogged New Zealand are ideally placed to take advantage. Look to Roy and Williamson as the best Top Batsman options.