The third T20I between New Zealand and England will be played at the Saxton Oval on Tuesday, November 5th 2019. The two teams have now met each other 18 times in T20Is, with England winning 11 of those games.
England’s win percentage soars up to 66.6 percent while facing New Zealand in New Zealand where they have beaten the Kiwis 6 times in 9 games. Since the last T20 World Cup, however, the two sides have shared the honours winning two games each turning up against each other on 4 occasions.
Ground Detail and Team Combination:
Having hosted only one T20I so far, Saxton Oval remains to be a relatively new venue in New Zealand. The domestic T20 data indicates that the track hasn’t overly favoured batting or bowling. The average runs per wicket, balls per wicket, run rate and balls per boundary all come out to be moderate when you compare it to other New Zealand grounds in T20 cricket. Batsmen have scored at an average of 25.3 runs per wicket, here while a wicket falls every 18.6 balls, both middling numbers. Going by recent stats at the stadium, we can expect an even battle between bat and ball in this match.
When the numbers are not clearly speaking in favour of either the batsmen or the bowlers, it is always beneficial utilize the quota of all-rounders. With quality all-rounders in both sides, at least two should be a certainty in your XI.
One aspect where the numbers do favour one party is the bowling department. Pacers have been the dominant entity, picking a wicket every 19.1 balls as compared to spinners who have a strike rate of 25.9.
Amongst them, right-arm pacers have been most effective. They have picked up 96 of the 136 wickets to fall here, striking every 18.3 balls. The likes of Lockie Ferguson, Chris Jordan and Tim Southee could be ideal picks for your side.
On the batting front, a run rate of 8.2 and an average first innings score of 167 suggests that runs should come nice and easy provided the batsmen apply themselves. A combination of five frontline batsmen, two all-rounders, one spinner and three pacers could be the way for your side.
Mitchell Santner has been the star performer for New Zealand in this series. With three wickets each in the two games so far, Santner is the highest wicket-taker in the series. Records at Saxton Oval also suggest that left-arm spinners have been effective here. They have picked wickets every 24 deliveries across all T20s. Moreover, Santner possess a great bowling record against England. His strike rate of 11.5 balls per wicket, is the best amongst all the nations he has bowled against.
Chris Jordan’s bowling numbers are only second to those of Santner’s in this series. He has picked wickets and kept the opposition batsmen in check. In T20Is since 2018, Jordan shines once again emerging as the highest wicket-taker for England. In addition, he also showed his ability with the bat in the second T20I where he scored 36 runs off only 19 deliveries saving England’s collapsing innings from embarrassment. He is one man you do not want to miss in your side.
James Vince hasn’t been a regular in the England setup but off late, he is increasingly showing how important an asset he can be. He started off the series with an impressive 46 in the second tour game and followed it up with his maiden T20I half-century in the first game. Vince has had a terrific season having scored 1022 runs in 34 T20 games this year, striking at 135.24 which includes eight half-centuries. The bouncier Saxton Oval surface should also suit his style of play and he is one player that can help you score those crucial points.
As stated above, all-rounders will be key in this contest and James Neesham is one player who is certain to contribute in both aspects of the game. Neesham has been one of the more active Kiwi cricketers since the World Cup, thanks to his participation in the CPL and displayed form with the bat scoring a brisk 42 in the second T20I. Moreover, he has picked 13 wickets in as many T20 games he has played this year. A tried and tested commodity in this format of the game, a good day for this all-rounder can boost your side.
The weather in Nelson is expected to be cloudy on the match day but rain is expected to stay away from the contest. The temperature is expected to hover around the 21 degree mark.
Suggested FanFight Team:
Martin Guptill, James Vince, Tim Seifert, Eoin Morgan, Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Sam Curran, Mitchell Santner (c), Chris Jordan (vc), Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson