New Zealand v England, 3rd ODI preview; Winner takes all at Eden Park
Last Updated: February 23, 2013 11:14am
Alastair Cook: Hoping to captain England to a rare ODI series win over New Zealand
New Zealand and England could both be forgiven for feeling a sense of de ja vu as they prepare for a series-decider for the second time in just over a week.
After edging the preceding three-match Twenty20 series 2-1 with victory in Wellington on February 15, England will attempt to inflict a repeat scoreline on the Black Caps when the one-day series concludes at Eden Park on Saturday.
The two sides have already met at the cosy Auckland venue this month with England, who smashed 15 sixes during their record T20i innings, prevailing courtesy of a handsome 40-run victory.
But New Zealand will fancy their chances of exacting revenge and have history on their side having not lost an ODI series to England since 1994.
Captain Alastair Cook is expected to lead an unchanged side into battle as England search for back-to-back wins following their emphatic eight-wicket victory in the second match at Napier.
Yorkshire batsman Joe Root enhanced his burgeoning reputation in that game with a top-scoring 79 and his performances have drawn particular praise from team-mate Jonathan Trott, who also passed 50 in Napier.
But the Warwickshire man is wary of the batsmen who will be wearing black at Eden Park, not least Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor following their century stand off just 53 balls last time out.
"They are fantastic players, who can turn a game," Trott said. "They are the danger. But they've also got a lot of other good players who could hurt us.
"So you don't want to focus all your attention on just those two.
"It's important to keep our wits about us and not get too over-confident, complacent or think the game is there for the taking."
New Zealand, already without Martin Guptill for the rest of their home summer, face a dilemma at the top of the order after BJ Watling failed to pass seven in the opening two matches.
The right-hander is, however, expected to retain his place following an impressive series previously in South Africa.
England have won four of their last five ODIs at the Auckland venue, stretching back to 1992.
England (from): AN Cook (capt), IR Bell, IJL Trott, JE Root, EJG Morgan, JC Buttler (wkt), CR Woakes, SCJ Broad, GP Swann, ST Finn, JM Anderson, JM Bairstow, SR Patel, JAR Harris.
New Zealand (from): B McCullum (capt, wkt), H Rutherford, BJ Watling, K Williamson, R Taylor, G Elliott, J Franklin, N McCullum, T Southee, K Mills, T Boult, C Munro.