ccording to England all-rounder David Willey, the humid and long cricket summer was down under rolls on and England has been down in all aspects after three back to back defeats in Twenty20 Trans-tasman tri-series.
Tourists will understand when facing New Zealand on Sunday in Hamilton whether they can make final of the competition at Eden Park on Wednesday, but it hinges due to the Black Caps and encounter of Australia on Friday in Auckland. England is supposed to be at the bottom of tri-series after two defeats in Australia and 12-run loss on Tuesday night to New Zealand in Wellington and one match is left to play before decider.
Willey added, “All of the three facets of game have not been the place where they should be if we should win the games of cricket. We should perform to keep things right and we know that.”
“If we would have Glenn Maxwell who scored match-winning score in the first one in Hobart, despite being down in all areas, we might have won that.”
England’s bowling and batting attack has been unpredictable along the series in seven and five wicket losses to the team of Australia who have reached the final already, and tourists fell short when it comes to chase 197 as batsmen collapsed at Westpac Stadium after the good beginnings from Dawid Malan (59 runs off 40 balls) and Alex Hales (47 off 24 balls).
After practicing for an hour on the field, searing hot environment forced players of England to train indoors in Hamilton at Seddon Park on Friday as their team awaited Ben Stokes’ arrival.
The all-rounder England star landed on Friday afternoon in Auckland after 26 years old found not guilty on a charge of affray in Magistrates’ Court in Bristol on Tuesday. After having bail, he will face jury trial in Crown Court of the city on March 12.
Stokes is not going to play until the 5-match ODI series with Black Caps, starting on February 25 in Hamilton, but he is supposed to take part in training on Saturday at Seddon Park.
Hence, Stokes is not going to lift T20 side of England that is vastly different, unlike New Zealand, to their test squad and Willey is one of a few players who play Test cricket exclusively all the year round.
Six of XI in New Zealand who outperforms England earlier this week in the capital played in their last series against West Indies while James Vince and Malan were the only batsmen who featured during 4-0 defeat in England in summer’s Ashes to Australia.