Cricket: New Zealand put England into bat

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl in the opening Twenty20 international against England at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.

The match marks the return of senior batsman Ross Taylor to the New Zealand batting line-up after he opted out of the recent South Africa tour after being dropped as captain.

England have won five of their six T20s against New Zealand.

Teams

New Zealand: Hamish Rutherford, Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum (captain), Ross Taylor, Colin Munro, James Franklin, Nathan McCullum, Andrew Ellis, Ronnie Hira, Trent Boult, Mitchell McClenaghan

England: Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Luke Wright, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Samit Patel, James Tredwell, Stuart Broad (captain), Steven Finn, Jade Dernbach

Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZL), Derek Walker (NZL)

TV umpire: Gary Baxter (NZL)

Match referee: Roshan Mahanama (Sri Lanka)

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