England and New Zealand’s batters are in top form having both breaking the record T20 international team totals on the same day. It does give an indication that this series has the potential to be a cracking series.
New Zealand’s last ODI series saw them score runs galore against Ireland. England had a more difficult series against South Africa. They lost the first match at Worcester before showing their true ability in the remaining two games.
Two of the best captains go head-to-head in the three-match series. Heather Knight is a captain that gets the best out of her players. She has proven this not just at international level but in the WBBL and Kia Super League.
Suzie Bates is a captain that leads by example. She is a reliable performer in all aspects of the game and approaches the game with such a calm manner. An explosive batter who is up there with the best.
The form of Tammy Beaumont over the last year has been nothing short of remarkable. She will be looking to keep that going against New Zealand. Add into the mix Sarah Taylor, Nat Sciver, Danni Wyatt and Knight, England will be confident of winning games whether setting or chasing a target.
New Zealand have their own big hitters. Bates and Sophie Devine are one of the best opening partnerships on the world circuit. They have Amy Satterthwaite and Amelia Kerr in the mix too. Satterthwaite knows how to score hundreds and Kerr is an intriguing prospect.
England have an established bowling attack. Their opening bowlers in Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole. They are also looking to blood Katie George who will give England more options being and left-arm bowler who has genuine pace.
England also have four spin bowlers who are good enough of staking a place in the side. Alex Hartley returns at the expense of Danielle Hazell. Sophie Ecclestone is also showing that despite her young age she has adapted to international cricket with ease.
New Zealand have one of the fastest bowlers in the women’s game in Lea Tahuhu. She is a bowler that has played in English conditions not only in last years World Cup but also as a player in the Kia Super League.
Like England, New Zealand have some good spin bowlers, Kerr and Satterthwaite give New Zealand good options. Satterthwaite is a tall bowler and should not only get some turn but also bounce on some dry wickets.
Headingley is the home of Yorkshire and is also a world-famous venue that has a rich history. As Brunt’s home ground you can be sure that the locals will get behind England.
Derby was a venue for the World Cup last year and both New Zealand and England played games there during that competition. England lost India in the first game, but they beat New Zealand there as well.
Leicester, another World Cup venue it was notable for the South Africa v West Indies game where the current World t20 champions were well beaten.