Nasser Hussain: 'Ordinary' and 'headless' England outplayed by New Zealand

Nasser Hussain: 'Ordinary' and 'headless' England outplayed by New Zealand

Nasser Hussain: 'Ordinary' and 'headless' England outplayed by New Zealand

Though Dawid Malan steered a strong attempt to haul in a demanding target England fell 12 short to leave them needing a favour off Australia to stay alive in the tournament. Williamson, under some pressure to produce, did just that, making an impressive 72 off only 46 balls as New Zealand, having been sent in, got to 196 for five.

The Yorkshireman sits 26th, with England's highest placed bowler Chris Jordan in 15th, but is unconcerned about such matters.

The remainder of the T20 squad will head to New Zealand on Tuesday with Warner to join them ahead of Friday's clash against the Kiwis in Auckland.

England's mission at the Westpac Stadium and in Hamilton on Sunday is to defeat New Zealand twice and show they can be just as good in the Twenty20 game as they have been in 50-over cricket since last they were here.

On the other side, England is facing problems with the ball as well as the bat.

Mark Chapman, Tim Seifert (both on debut).

Alex Hales' had scored a century against Sri Lanka in the 2014 World T20 Cup.

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The wickets of Hales, James Vince - who was guilty of lazy running and was caught out by Kane Williamson's sharp throw - and stand-in captain Jos Buttler in quick succession through the middle stages proved crucial.

Jordan, who recently competed in the domestic T20 competition for eventual winners Northern Districts, has taken some fantastic catches in an England shirt - but this latest effort might just be the cream of the crop!

Vince played one dreamy lofted cover drive for six then ran as though he was dreaming, taking on Williamson at mid-off and opting not to dive with a direct finding him short.

"He captains really well, he's clued into the game and he would be a big miss, so hopefully he'll be back playing in a couple of days". It would have been a ripe moment for Sam Billings to come good, and yet again it was not to be, but it was England's bowlers who had made the task impossible.

'We don't play a huge amount of global Twenty20s and the boys haven't played an very bad lot of this game over the last few months so we've got to work out why we're slow in locating the rhythm needed for the shorter game.

Unhelpful - for ground staff - weather conditions in Wellington recently, hot and humid, ate away at a large, rectangular shape of the pitch, giving it a bald, weird appearance. A T20 game requires skills that a lot of the players are still trying to develop.

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