England will lock horns with New Zealand in the first match of the ICC World Cup, 2023 on Thursday, October 5, at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.
New Zealand won both their warm-up matches leading up to the ICC World Cup 2023 and is entering this game with ample match practice. However, they will be without their regular captain, Kane Williamson, and instead, Tom Latham will take the reins.
Additionally, the absence of Tim Southee, one of their star players, adds an intriguing dimension to the match. It will be interesting to see how New Zealand tackles the challenge posed by Jos Buttler & Co.
On the other hand, England will have to do without their standout all-rounder, Ben Stokes, in this match. Stepping into his role in the playing 11 will be Harry Brook. Aside from this change, England appears to be a strong team on paper at the moment.
Before getting into the details of the game, let’s take a look at the weather conditions in Ahmedabad, particularly at the Narendra Modi stadium where the match is scheduled to take place:
ENG vs NZ: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad Weather Report
Thursday in Ahmedabad promises clear skies and sunshine, with temperatures ranging from 26°C to 29°C. There’s a 0% chance of rain, ensuring an uninterrupted and smooth match. Humidity levels will be around 58%, with a gentle breeze at 3 km/h.
ENG vs NZ Predicted Playing XIs
England: Jos Buttler (C & WK), Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Reece Topley.
New Zealand: Tom Latham (C & WK), Devon Conway, Will Young, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult.