Stokes back, Wood injured; New Zealand bowl

New Zealand won the toss and decided to bowl against England
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Kane Williamson said New Zealand would focus on their own side rather than how Ben Stokes might improve England

It is confirmed. Ben Stokes will resume his England career in Hamilton following the incident in Bristol in September which led to him missing all international cricket since. The debate will continue whether he should be here or not, but there is no doubt he is a box-office cricketer.

He has stepped up his workload this week in Hamilton and has come through without any reaction, so slots back in at No. 5 and means England revert to six frontline bowling options.

It is likely to be with the bat that Stokes will be needed first after New Zealand won the toss and followed the trend in Hamilton of wanting to chase – dew can be a factor in the evening. It is also a used pitch which is expected to be slow and take turn.

Both sides have played two frontline spinners, but New Zealand have had to call in Ish Sodhi after fellow legspinner Todd Astle failed to recover from his side injury.

England were also forced into a late change when Mark Wood picked up an ankle niggle. He was replaced by David Willey and given Wood’s injury history it will be something of a concern although England say it is not a major issue.

New Zealand 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

England 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 David Willey

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