Stuff – Now that eight Twenty20 matches are done and dusted, New Zealand will hope a change of format brings a change in fortune as the highly anticipated one-day international series with England begins in Hamilton on Sunday.
- The Black Caps are reeling somewhat after winning just one of their last seven T20s, but cast your mind back further than the last month of 20-over slogging and New Zealand had won eight successive ODIs against the West Indies and Pakistan during their 13-match winning streak earlier this summer.
- Rediscovering that golden run of form – after rather miserably losing the rain-affected T20 tri-series final to Australia at Eden Park on Wednesday – starts against an England side who pummelled the Australians 4-1 on their own patch in last month’s five-match ODI series.
- This England ODI team, captained by classy left-handed batsman Eoin Morgan, are an altogether different prospect to the sorry 50-over side who failed to reach the quarter-finals and were just generally awful when last playing in New Zealand during the 2015 World Cup.
- Black Caps coach Mike Hesson referred back to their ODI form prior to their T20 slump when asked at Friday’s training session at Seddon Park if confidence had dropped in the last month ahead of facing England in five ODIs and two tests.
- Nicholls hit 122 off 131 balls in Canterbury’s 168-run victory over Northern Districts in their Ford Trophy minor semi-final last week, while Latham, who will wear the gloves in Hamilton, is averaging a meagre 10.