4th T20I New Zealand v England @ Wellington Regional Stadium 5pm AEDT

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Another minefield Plugger35?

Two teams, no points. The Trans-Tasman T20 moves across the water with New Zealand and England looking to get on the board. Australia and the Australians were hard on both, as David Warner led a resurgent short-form side packed with BBL talent to three wins from three, guaranteeing them a place in the final. The identity of their opponent for the decider will be determined over the next seven days, across games in Wellington, Auckland and Hamilton.

New Zealand have faced scrutiny from within about their T20 set-up - in particular the role of captain Kane Williamson - and subsequently called a couple of new faces into the squad for the home leg of the series. Mark Chapman is the most intriguing, already an international with Hong Kong but now focused on the alternative path provided by his Kiwi father. Like Chapman, wicketkeeper Tim Seifert enjoyed a strong Super Smash and is set to take over wicketkeeping duties from Tom Blundell.

England's back-to-back to defeats to Australia have exposed problems with their T20 approach, too - notably a misfiring batting order, albeit one missing a few key cogs. One of the absentees was pencilled in for a return in this game, but a court appearance in Bristol shortly after the Wellington T20 concludes will prevent Ben Stokes from making his international comeback just yet.

Both teams are on a run of three consecutive defeats in T20I - New Zealand losing twice at home to Pakistan in January; England beaten by West Indies at the end of their summer - and both have injury concerns over their captains. But, barring an intervention by the weather, their fortunes are about to diverge.

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New Zealand have added Henry Nicholls to their squad as cover for Williamson - although the captain said he was "100%-ish". New Zealand have to decide whether to push Williamson back up to the opening slot, where he has a good record alongside Martin Guptill, and utilise Munro's aggression at No. 3, or stick with their recent tactics. Chapman and Seifert are in line for a debuts, after Tom Bruce and Blundell were dropped from the 13-man squad. Anaru Kitchen and Ben Wheeler are the other options.

New Zealand (possible): 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Kane Williamson (capt), 3 Colin Munro, 4 Mark Chapman, 5 Ross Taylor, 6 Colin de Grandhomme, 7 Tim Seifert (wk), 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Trent Boult, 11 Ish Sodhi

England look set to be without Eoin Morgan again. He did not bat in the nets on Monday after missing the MCG T20 with a groin strain, with James Vince likely to get another chance at No. 4 and Jos Buttler deputising as captain. Liam Dawson's spin took punishment in Melbourne and, with the small boundaries at the Westpac Stadium, England may revert to four seamers alongside Adil Rashid. Liam Plunkett could be in contention after a hamstring injury ruled him out of the start of the series.

England: (possible) 1 Jason Roy, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Dawid Malan, 4 James Vince, 5 Jos Buttler (capt/wk), 6 Sam Billings, 7 David Willey, 8 Adil Rashid, 9 Liam Plunkett/Tom Curran, 10 Chris Jordan, 11 Mark Wood

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Fingers crossed Williamson goes back to the top of the order and Munro drops to 3. Line up has always been better that way IMO
 

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2 PM start here. Be lucky to get home to watch the last half of the second innings.

This game should be played in Perth. At least we can swap the drop in pitches at half time. No rain today so no chance the pitch will dry out over dinner #lolplugger
 

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Kiwi's hard to beat in their own back yard.
Would be nice if they played on a field rather than someone's small backyard, but history suggests they like the boundary to be inside the fielding restriction circle.

Is this game being televised over here on FTA?
 

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Would be nice if they played on a field rather than someone's small backyard, but history suggests they like the boundary to be inside the fielding restriction circle.

Is this game being televised over here on FTA?
Most of the grounds over there are pretty small.
 

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