New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg – Tuesday, September 29, 2009 (D/N)
Today New Zealand find themselves in the win or bust situation of the competition, well almost anyway. There is a slight chance they can go through with a defeat, but it would need to be a very slim one, and even then it might not be enough. They will be hoping for better luck with the weather than India had yesterday.
It seems remarkable that the Kiwi’s have eleven fit men to put on the field such is the extent of the amount of injuries they have had. Added to the loss of Jacob Oram and Jesse Ryder, Daryl Tuffey has now broke a bone in his hand and needs to return home for surgery.
Aaron Redmond has been called into the squad to replace Jesse Ryder and he looks certain to come in as a straight swap at the top of the order. Ian Butler – himself returning from illness – will probably replace Tuffey.
For England their only worry is Matt Prior, Steven Davies is in the country on standby but hasn’t yet been named as a replacement in the squad, would imagine England would want to wait and see how Prior is before the semi-final before any decision is made, so would expect to see Eoin Morgan behind the stumps again today.
England may decide to give Ryan Sidebottom a run out as nothing is riding on this match for them, either Graham Onions or Stuart Broad – who is carrying a knee injury – could possibly sit this one out.
England – Andrew Strauss (C), Joe Denly, Owais Shah, Paul Collingwood, Eoin Morgan (WK), Ravi Boapra, Luke Wright, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Ryan Sidebottom, James Anderson.
New Zealand – Brendon McCullum (WK), Aaron Redmond, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Neil Broom, Daniel Vettori (C), James Franklin, Kyle Mills, Shane Bond, Ian Butler.