ENGLAND VS NZ

The England Cricket Team will play against New Zealand in their first match in the World T20 Championship later today. It’s still not certain whether their regular captain Stuart Broad would participate in that match or not.

Broad had not captained England in either of the two warm up matches that they had played. He had bowled a couple of overs in the last warm up match against India, but, he had immediately gone off the field after that.

The absence of Broad, if that’s the case, will not only hurt England in terms of leadership, but, that will weaken their bowling too as Broad is the only one in their camp who has got a lot of experience of bowling on subcontinent wickets.

As far as England’s batting is concerned, with Luke Wright out of the tournament, they are lacking power hitters now. Apart from Jos Buttler and Michael Lumb, there is nobody there who can just use his muscle power to send the ball into the crowd.

Eoin Morgan indeed can find the fence when needed, but, he is a touch player and doesn’t really smack the ball.

New Zealand, on the other hand, has a power packed line up and most of their batsmen are in form too including the skipper Brendan McCullum.

The only thing about the Kiwis that can be considered as a drawback is that they don’t have an attacking spinner and in subcontinent conditions, that’s not good at all because pace bowling gets taken apart here more often than not.

Both the teams are almost at the same level skill wise. So, it’s hard to pick up a favourite, but, if one has to put his money on any team, it will be New Zealand based on current form.