New Zealand will face England in their next Super match in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 at The Gabba, Brisbane on Tuesday, November 1. The match will be a repeat of the 2021 World Cup semi-final in Abu Dhabi, where the Kane Williamson-led team won convincingly.
The Kiwis’ pace trio of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, and Lockie Ferguson have been on song so far. Boult and Southee have troubled the batters with movement in the first few overs, while Ferguson has run in hard and bowled at a fiery pace. New Zealand can become the first team into the semi-finals this week, but first, they must contain England’s powerful batting line-up.
New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson stated that he and fellow quicks Trent Boult and Tim Southee would need to be at their best to beat England at the Gabba on Tuesday night.
England Pride Themselves On Aggressive Nature And Bat Very Deep – Lockie Ferguson
“What you always expect from England is that they come out very hot. They pride themselves probably on that aggressive nature and bat very deep,” said Ferguson.
“Tim and Trent have had a blinder in these first two games. When the ball’s swinging, there’s not much better in the world. So I think from that point of view, nothing needs to change too much, and we just need to adjust to the conditions on the day. England are going to have a lot of firepower and we need to combat that,” said Ferguson.
Trent Boult has been superb with the new ball and has taken 6 wickets in the ongoing T20 World Cup so far, with career-best figures of 4-13 against Sri Lanka on Saturday. Tim Southee took 4 wickets and helped the Kiwis start the tournament with a win over Australia, where he took 3 wickets for just 6 runs.
It’s Very Much One Game At A Time – Lockie Ferguson
Ferguson stated that New Zealand was aware that a win would secure a semi-final spot, but they were not looking that far ahead. The Black Caps are positioned very well in their group and are primed to qualify for the semi-finals.
“Clearly, there’s a long way to go for us. We need to make sure we take it game by game. It’s very much one game at a time. Tomorrow is a big focus for us, after that we’ll cross the next bridge when it comes,” he said.
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