Jos Buttler and England left to rue missed opportunity against New Zealand


From there, England produced a series of shots worthy of a highlights package - Malan, James Vince and David Willey sharing five more sixes - but could not keep wickets intact.

New Zealand set a mammoth score of 196 thanks to brilliant innings from Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill. The two then started the assault on the English bowlers and added 82-runs together. When Seifert hit England's best bowler Jordan twice over the rope in the final over New Zealand had a total way higher than they would have expected and a daunting target.

Speaking on New Zealand radio last week, Doull suggested bringing in a specialist T20 coach to replace Mike Hesson and said that Williamson should only be in the side as an opener.

The defeat means England are now struggling to qualify for the tri-series final, also involving Australia, who are top of the table.

The fielding highlight for England was a spectacular leaping catch at long off from Chris Jordan to remove Colin de Grandhomme first ball.

Left-arm seamer Boult bowled Chris Jordan and then Liam Plunkett on the final two deliveries of the 18th over to reduce the visitors to 168 for eight in their pursuit of 197 for victory.

England, who needed a record score to win, were off to a flier, courtesy of tall opener Alex Hales.

"New Zealand's plans have worked, they won the game".

England's stand-in captain Jos Buttler was caught on the long off fence for two by Tim Southee off Sodhi leaving England 109 for four off 12 overs.

Jordan, who recently competed in the domestic T20 competition for eventual winners Northern Districts, has taken some unbelievable catches in an England shirt - but this latest effort might just be the cream of the crop!

Meanwhile, New Zealand will hand captain Kane Williamson a late fitness test to assess his readiness for the England clash as he is nursing a back problem. If they can hold steady for at least the first six overs, England will be assured a good start.

"We probably didn't get those cameos lower down, myself coming in and failing and that made a difference".

Unhelpful - for ground staff - weather conditions in Wellington recently, hot and humid, ate away at a large, rectangular shape of the pitch, giving it a bald, weird appearance.

As far as the pitch goes, we should see a good batting wicket, but it shouldn't be a surprise if the seamers get into the game early.