The captain of the England ODI team, Alastair Cook, has said that he will be making some changes in the playing XI for the third ODI match against New Zealand which is going to be played at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Wednesday.
England has already lost the series, but, they would definitely not like to suffer the humiliation of whitewash in front of their home crowd. So, they will be going into the third ODI with all guns blazing.
England is playing without a couple of its frontline bowlers in this series i.e. Stuart Broad and Steven Finn. The players who have got playing chances in their absence haven’t been that impressive so far.
Jade Dernbach’s form has been absolutely awful. He is known for his smart change of pace in the death overs and he was included in the team especially to do that job. But, he has been taken apart in the slog overs in the first two ODIs and he might be the one to be left out of the playing XI for the third ODI.
Tim Bresnan’s performance was also under the scanner as he was making a comeback after the elbow surgery. The Yorkshire paceman hasn’t looked in top form so far, but, he is an experienced bowler, so, he might get another opportunity at Trent Bridge.
Ravi Bopara has sat on the sidelines in the first two ODIs and he is likely to get a playing chance in Wednesday’s match. May be Chris Woakes will be making way for him.
Talking to the reporters in the pre match press conference, Cook said, “We have tried out a few combinations in the first two ODIs, but, they haven’t worked. So, we are looking to make some changes and give opportunity to the reserve players.”
“We are not short of options at all. We have got some quality players in the reserves. Boyd Rankin is there who is a tall bowler and can be quite effective here. Also, Ravi Bopara hasn’t got a game yet in the series. He is a classy batsman and is quite handy with the ball too.”