James Tredwell has been chosen to captain England for the Twenty20 game being played against New Zealand tonight as Eoin Morgan is injured. Morgan was a stand-in captain for the England side as the true captain, Stuart Broad, has been rested ahead of the Ashes tournament in a few weeks’ time. The last thing England would want is for Broad to be injured for their highlight tournament of the year, the Ashes, against their rival country Australia. Therefore Morgan stepped in as temporary captain, but he injured himself in the loss against New Zealand meaning Tredwell takes over.
England are looking for revenge against New Zealand tonight after the Black Caps defeated the Three Lions earlier in the week by a small margin of 5 runs. James Tredwell will be looking for his team to step up their game and stop New Zealand from repeating what they did to England only two days ago. England didn’t play poorly when they lost as they scored a respectable 196-5, it was just the fact that New Zealand were on form and couldn’t be stopped scoring 201-4.
While James Tredwell has his game as captain, that is not the big news for England as the team will be over the moon to welcome Kevin Pietersen back into his international side after tonight’s game. Pietersen sustained an injured back in March when England were touring New Zealand and he has only recently been able to return to playing. Kevin Pietersen has already played one game before his comeback as he playing for his club side, Surrey, where he scored an impressive 177 runs and not out against Yorkshire.
Surrey coach praised Kevin Pietersen after their match against Yorkshire, “Pietersen showed exactly why he is a world-class cricketer. He may not have played any type of cricket since March but he’s worked incredibly hard and he’s gone out and played a fine innings. When he bats like that there’s no other player in the world that can play like him. It was great to watch.”
After James Tredwell captains England against New Zealand tonight in the Twenty20 game, Kevin Pietersen will meet up with the England squad in order to warm-up for the Ashes series. England will warm-up by having practise matches against club team Essex which begins on Sunday, whilst the Ashes kicks-off on 10th July in England.
Author Daniel Foster.
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