• New Zealand XI v England XI, Twenty20, Whangarei

England tour opener washed out

ESPNcricinfo staff
February 4, 2013
Match abandoned New Zealand XI 70 for 1 in 9.1 overs (Latham 23*, Woakes 1-15) v England XI

Stuart Broad bowled seven balls on his return to England action © Getty Images

England's first Twenty20 practice match against New Zealand XI was abandoned due to rain after only 9.1 overs were bowled in Whangarei. However, the match will be re-played at 1400 hrs local time on Tuesday.

Stuart Broad, the England Twenty20 captain, won the toss under grey skies and chose to field first. Hamish Rutherford, the New Zealand XI opener, made an aggressive start and scored 21 out of a 23-run opening stand with Anton Devcich, but he was out to Chris Woakes' first delivery. It was the only wicket to fall as Devcich and Tom Latham put on a 47-run stand before the rains came.

The squads featured two players who were making comebacks into their respective sides - Stuart Broad and Ross Taylor. Broad, playing his first competitive match after a heel injury forced him out of India tour after the Mumbai Test in November, bowled just seven balls in the innings. Taylor, who last played for New Zealand during the Sri Lanka tour in November, didn't get a chance to bat.

The teams are scheduled to play another practice match on Wednesday in Whangarei before moving over to Auckland for the first of three matches in the Twenty20 series.

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