CARDIFF (Sporting Alert) — New Zealand have won the toss and decided to field first in their ICC Champions Trophy Group A clash with hosts England at Sophia Gardens here in Cardiff.
The big team news for New Zealand is that Corey Anderson will make his debut for the group leaders and he comes for injured Tim Southee, who will be rested for the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, for England, the injured spinner Graeme Swann has been replaced by James Tredwell in the one change from the side that was defeated by Sri Lanka the last time out.
Swann misses the game because of a calf strain.
Both these teams have been active against one another in the last four months and New Zealand coach Mike Hesson believes anything is possible here on Sunday.
“We’ve played them six times in the last three or four months and it’s 3‑all, so we’ve had some pretty good contests,” Hesson said.
“It’s been a bit of a ding‑dong sort of a scuffle with the white ball, and I think both sides will enter tomorrow with a degree of trepidation.
“It’s a tough contest, it’s a quarter-final. It’s a big game, and I think we’re very evenly matched, so very much looking forward to it.”
AN Cook*, IR Bell, IJL Trott, JE Root, EJG Morgan, RS Bopara, JC Buttler†, TT Bresnan, SCJ Broad, JM Anderson, JC Tredwell
New Zealand team
L Ronchi†, MJ Guptill, KS Williamson, LRPL Taylor, BB McCullum*, JEC Franklin, NL McCullum, DL Vettori, KD Mills, MJ McClenaghan, Corey J Anderson
|Toss New Zealand, who chose to field|
|ODI debut Corey J Anderson (New Zealand)|
Player of the match tba
|Umpires BNJ Oxenford (Australia) and RJ Tucker (Australia)|
TV umpire SJ Davis (Australia)
Match referee AJ Pycroft (Zimbabwe)
Reserve umpire HDPK Dharmasena (Sri Lanka)