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All eyes on Taylor ahead of series decider

09 Mar 2018, 12:52 GMT+10

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In the spotlight

Ish Sodhi's performances have gone a little under the radar this series, overshadowed each time by tight finishes in Hamilton, Wellington and Dunedin. He is the leading wicket-taker in the series, with nine scalps at 19.33, having seemingly been behind Todd Astle before it started. However, New Zealand banked on the specialist bowler rather than the allrounder and it has paid off. He hasn't been cowered by England's strokeplay and that was especially evident at University Oval where he helped turned the game with a career-best 4 for 58. He has some larger boundaries to work with at Hagley Oval.

Jason Roy started England's current run of ODIs in style. He could do with ending it that way. It seems odd to suggest that the man with his country's highest score is under pressure, but he hasn't built on his 180 against Australia in Melbourne. It is also worth noting the man he took the record off, Alex Hales, is currently out of the side. Roy has made three scores in the 40s since then and will have been particularly livid to miss out on a bigger score in Dunedin. If he fails to produce a major innings in Christchurch it will leave room for debate until England next play ODIs in June.

Teams news

Taylor's leg is getting plenty of interest. If he doesn't pull up well enough in the morning, Mark Chapman would return to the side.

New Zealand (probable) 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Colin Munro, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Tom Latham (wk), 6 Henry Nicholls, 7 Colin de Grandhomme, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Ish Sodhi, 11 Trent Boult

Mark Wood has not had a huge impact since returning to the side and went for 65 in eight overs in Dunedin. David Willey could be an option for a recall.

England (probable) 1 Jason Roy, 2 Jonny Bairstow, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Adil Rashid, 10 Tom Curran, 11 Mark Wood

Pitch and conditionsStats and triviaQuotes

"We are a fast learning team. You don't put a string of results together like we have before and change the way we play so quickly if you're not fast learners and fast adapters."

Jonny Bairstow on England bouncing back

Both sides have been playing good cricket in recent times and for it to come down to the final day with a sell-out crowd will be pretty cool. Hopefully we can adapt, start well and keep the ball rolling.

Tom Latham

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