Black Caps opt to field first


England, looking to revive their one-day fortunes after a wretched first-round exit at this year's World Cup that included an eight-wicket thrashing by New Zealand, gave an ODI debut to Kent batsman Sam Billings.

They decided to open with the hard-hitting duo of Alex Hales and Jason Roy, while leg-spinner Adil Rashid was also included.

Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor, Northamptonshire all-rounder David Willey and Durham paceman Mark, all in England's squad, failed to make the XI.

World Cup finalists New Zealand gave a debut to spin bowling all-rounder Mitchell Santner.

They also included left-arm paceman Mitchell McClenaghan, who helped the Mumbai Indians win this season's Twenty20 Indian Premier League, with Tim Southee rested.

This day/night fixture was the first of a five-match series and came after England and New Zealand shared a two-match Test series 1-1.


England: Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wkt), Sam Billings, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Steven Finn

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum (capt), Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Mitchell Santner, Luke Ronchi (wkt), Nathan McCullum, Matt Henry, Mitchell McClenaghan, Trent Boult

Umpires: Bruce Oxenford (AUS), Michael Gough (ENG)

TV umpire: Steve Davis (AUS)

Match referee: Javagal Srinath (IND)

Weather: Overcast

Pitch conditions: Light brown strip promises to provide a good batting surface but there may be some early movement in the air for the quicker bowlers. – AFP

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