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England, New Zealand thinking of dew factor

Sports Reporter from Chittagong
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum takes part in a training drill at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong yesterday ahead of their ICC World Twenty20 Super 10s match against England. Photo: Anurup Kanti Das
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum takes part in a training drill at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong yesterday ahead of their ICC World Twenty20 Super 10s match against England. Photo: Anurup Kanti Das

There will be no tricks up the sleeves when New Zealand take on England today evening at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong. The only new factor that they may have to contend with is the immense dew that has been dominating the evening games here.
In order to counter that, players from both sides have been practising with wet balls.
Of the eleven times that the two sides have faced each other, four of those matches took place only last year. While 2013 saw the teams battle neck and neck in this format -- each of the sides won two games each -- England however, lead by seven games to three when it comes to the overall statistics.
However, that's a stat that the English won't be thinking about much considering that they have other more concerning factors. In 2014, England have played six T20 Internationals and have managed to win just one -- against the West Indies in Bridgetown.
New Zealand on the other hand have had a huge turnaround ever since their whitewash at the hands of Bangladesh last year. They went on to have a series of brilliant performances, an aspect that was highlighted by their thumping win against India in their last series at home.
Back in Bangladesh, Kiwi captain Brendon McCullum was confident to bury the ghosts of the whitewash last year.
McCullum believed that the coming of age of a number of youngsters in the side has helped the Kiwis form into a more balanced unit. Corey Anderson, who recorded the fastest century this year, is one of them.


"He is an incredible talent. That hundred he got against the West Indies was sublime from ball one. James Neesham is another one who can be pretty exciting. They balance the team quite nicely," said McCullum.
England, after a thumping at the hands of Australia managed to regain some confidence by defeating the West Indies in a three-game ODI series. Despite losing to India in the warm-up game, captain Stuart Broad exuded confident ahead of the fixture.
"I thought India was one of the best death bowling performances we've seen so far -- bowling at two world class players. The way we played the first six overs with the bat was really good again. There are positives coming out," said Broad.

Published: 12:01 am Saturday, March 22, 2014

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