The 2019 Cricket World Cup final was probably the greatest match ever played in the history of the game of cricket. New Zealand was playing their second consecutive World Cup final against England, the top-ranked ODI team who was looking for their first-ever World Cup and that too on their home soil, at the Mecca of cricket, the Lord’s. After an intense 100 overs, both teams were on the level score. What followed was a super over and a result which was nothing sort of a dream for England and brought nothing but despair to the New Zealand players. For the first time in history, the Super Over had been used to determine the winner of a One Day International and was also the first to finish in a tie. England lifted the Cup based on a superior count and became the third team in succession to win the World Cup at home. It was a heart-wrenching loss for the Black Caps after coming so very close to the Cup.
The two teams will face each other again a little more than three months after that dramatic clash. The English cricket team will tour New Zealand from 27 October 2019 to 3 December 2019. New Zealand vs England schedule 2019 consists of two Tests and five Twenty20 International matches. The Test matches are not part of the 2019-2021 ICC World Test Championship. New Zealand will be coming into this series after winning a T20 series against Sri Lanka and drawing the Test series at 1-1 against the same team.
The pain of the final loss may have reduced to some extent for the Kiwis and they will be looking forward to tasting victory against England. The five-match Twenty20 International series will be a great opportunity for them to start getting their team for the 2020 ICC Twenty20 World Cup in shape. Having reached the semi-final in the last T20 World Cup, the Black Caps will surely be aiming for the top prize in the shortest format of the game. Currently ranked 6th in the ICC rankings, New Zealand will be looking to get their performance in T20 and perform to their potential, like they have been doing in the Test and One Day Internationals.
Kane Williamson, the captain of the side in all the formats and a must-have player in your Dream 11 prediction team, is a highly optimistic player and will tell his players to forget the past and play with quality and conviction against the World Champions in the upcoming tour.
Doing in this series against England will also help the New Zealand team to gain momentum before their long home season in which they will host other big teams like India, Australia and South Africa. New Zealanders will plan to come out strongly after their difficult defeat and focus on improving their game and winning more and more matches.