9th over: England 70-0 (Roy 40, Bairstow 27) Colin de Grandhomme enters the fray. How will the big man get on? Not so well, as a short, wide effort is lashed for four by Bairstow. Another wide – that’s New Zealand’s third – and a crisp cover drive from Roy cap another bad over for the hosts.
Interesting question – England are some 11,850 miles from Lord’s, which I would wager is hard to beat.
Not sure England have played at Invercargill, but Wales (v Canada 1987 WCup) have. Last place before the pole, and according to Keith Richards ‘arsehole of the world’. Expeditions usually went via Christchurch, which can certainly (see first Lions test in 2005) do polar weather.
Ben Stokes put in a man-of-the-match performance in his second game back in England colours, leading them to a six-wicket victory over New Zealand to square the ODI series. Figures of two for 42 saw the all-rounder play a part in bowling out the hosts for 223, before a well-judged 63 not out helped win the game with 73 balls to spare.
This was Stokes’ first half-century (11th in all ODIs) since that ODI in Bristol. One made with an appreciation that no risks needed to be taken on a pitch that, for all New Zealand’s woes when put in by Eoin Morgan, allowed the ball to come onto the bat nicely. The sole moment of aggression from Stokes was one of his eight boundaries – a solitary six when charging at Trent Boult and sending him back over his head.
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A “grown-up decision” is how Mark Wood described withdrawing from the first one-day international against New Zealand. England’s three-wicket defeat in Hamilton leaves them 1-0 down in the five-match series but the Durham quick is not pining for a sharp return, even if he did bowl at full pelt in training on Tuesday, having pulled himself out of the line of duty for what he perceives as his and England’s benefit.
For the first time in an international career starting in the summer of 2015 during which he featured in 10 out of 40 Tests and 27 of 85 limited-overs matches, Wood is putting number one first and is not expected to feature in the second ODI on Wednesday. Having missed more than he has played, the Durham bowler was tempted to throw himself into another fixture when not at full capacity. It is a measure of the man that at a crucial juncture of his career – two Tests against New Zealand and a maiden Indian Premier League campaign on the horizon – he did not.