England vs. New Zealand: Cricket World Cup Continues Its Thrilling Journey


England vs. New Zealand: Cricket World Cup Continues Its Thrilling Journey

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England’s Controversial 2019 Triumph Sets Stage for Thrilling 2023 Cricket World Cup Opener in India

AHMEDABAD, India (AP) — England and New Zealand, known for their unforgettable 2019 Cricket World Cup final, will face off again to kickstart the 2023 edition in India.

Four years ago, England clinched their first title in a contentious match at Lord’s, decided by a boundary countback after the final and a Super Over failed to break the tie. This time, they reunite to launch the tournament in Ahmedabad’s 134,000-seater Narendra Modi Stadium.

England, the top-ranked team, seeks to become the third to secure consecutive ODI World Cups, following West Indies and Australia. Jos Buttler now leads the team, maintaining their aggressive, high-reward style.

Ben Stokes, returning from a brief ODI retirement, strengthens the lineup alongside versatile players like Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Moeen Ali, and Chris Woakes. England recently defeated New Zealand and Bangladesh in a warm-up match.

Stokes, a specialist batter, delivered a stellar performance in the series-clinching match against New Zealand last month, but a hip injury casts doubt on his availability for the opener.

England’s batting depth allows them flexibility, with Harry Brook ready to step in for Stokes if needed, providing another opportunity for Joe Root, though he’s had a string of underwhelming ODI innings.

New Zealand approaches the tournament with a simpler tiebreaker rule after the 2019 boundary countback controversy: tied matches will now be decided by Super Overs until a clear winner emerges. The Kiwis face challenges with injuries to key players, including Tim Southee and Kane Williamson, who will miss the opener.

Tom Latham will captain New Zealand in Williamson’s absence, granting Glenn Phillips and Mark Chapman opportunities to shine. The middle-order duo has played a crucial role in New Zealand’s ODI success over the past two years with their powerful late-innings batting.




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