Sky Cricket Podcast: England v New Zealand ODI series review
Last Updated: 10/03/18 6:20pm
David Lloyd, Nasser Hussain and Ian Ward convene to look back over England's 3-2 ODI series win over New Zealand on the latest Sky Cricket Podcast.
Another thrilling series between the two teams ended with a seven-wicket win for England in Christchurch, with Chris Woakes again impressing, taking 3-32, before Jonny Bairstow blasted the visitors to victory with an explosive 58-ball hundred.
The man of the series and man of the match, respectively, were singled out for praise by Hussain and Lloyd on the podcast - which you can download here.
"Woakes has been outstanding this series," said Hussain. "He made opening the batting in one-day cricket look as difficult as it was about 20 years ago, when you had to survive.
"Openers normally get you off to a flyer; this is a country that produced Brendon McCullum - who smashed England around for 100-0 in eight overs in the last World Cup - and the same with Martin Guptill, and Colin Munro, who had a great T20 series.
"Woakes is performing on good pitches, against good players."
Hussain added that Bairstow was a 'must pick' now in England's one-day side after back-to-back hundreds in this series. But who should open the batting with him?
"It's a difficult one, but I would probably pick Alex Hales over Jason Roy, as he is a little bit more consistent," added Hussain.
"Jason Roy got 180 only a few games ago and broke all records of England openers in white-ball cricket, but I always worry about Roy that once he has got a big score, his next few don't go his way.
"I would potentially think about going in with all three of them. The only way you do that is if Ben Stokes improves his bowling in white-ball cricket.
"If he bowls like he did on this trip - understandable as it may be, with him a bit short of match practice - you need the extra safety valve of Tom Curran in the attack.
"But, if he bowls like we know he can, then you can include the extra batsman and still have plenty of bowling as well."
The boys also discuss:
- Encouraging signs on Mark Wood's fitness
- England's "odd" spin twins of Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid
- Curran's impressive start in international cricket