New Zealand are hoping to inflict more misery on England’s cricketers when the teams meet in the third tri-series One-day International (ODI) at Hobart on Tuesday (today).
The Kiwis have taken note of England’s demoralised state after losing the Ashes 5-0 before being thumped by Australia in a Twenty20 international then the first one-dayer.
New Zealand were also hammered in their first match against Australia but believe the English are more vulnerable because of their long sequence of defeats and the loss of injured batsman Kevin Pietersen.
“That’s definitely something we’re aware of,” New Zealand batsman Peter Fulton told reporters on Monday. “They’ve had such a tough time of it over here and if we can get on top of them and win on Tuesday (today) then that’s going to increase the pressure on them,” he explained.
New Zealand will be at full strength for the match after in-form batsman Ross Taylor was cleared to play. The 22-year-old scored an impressive 84 against the Australians on Sunday but was ordered to undergo blood tests after complaining of cramps.
Doctors still have no idea what is causing the problem but have cleared Taylor to play while they await the results of the tests. Meanwhile, England are still undecided about who will replace injured batsman Kevin Pietersen at number four.
Irish-born middle-order batsman Ed Joyce is the most likely replacement but England coach Duncan Fletcher is also considering promoting Andrew Flintoff up the order.
New Zealand have won their last three one-day matches against England and Fletcher said it was crucial they turned it around on Tuesday (today) to restore their confidence after failing to chalk up a single win on tour so far. “We’ve got to go in there and win this and build some sort of momentum,” Fletcher said.
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