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Five-for: What to expect at the ODI Published: 29 May 2013

Five-for: What to expect at the ODI

Lords.org looks ahead to Friday's NatWest One Day International between England and New Zealand at the Home of Cricket and picks five reasons why it should be a cracker.

Eoin Morgan 

Last year he lit Lord's up with a fine 89 not out against Australia in the NatWest ODI that England won by 15 runs.

Morgan's thrilling knock came in just 63 deliveries and included four sixes and five fours against the Old Enemy.

Now back from the Indian Premier League, where he plies his trade for the Kolkata Knight Riders, the Ireland-born batsman will no doubt be wanting to remind the selectors of his value in the England set-up.

If Morgan gets on a roll there will be plenty of audacious stroke-play for the Black Caps to deal with at Lord's.

Sunshine

Grey skies, drizzle and prolonged showers have made the past few days feel very much like a classic English, cricketing summer.

But there's good news on the horizon!

With temperatures set to reach 20 degrees on Friday afternoon, and the sun promised to emerge fully by midday, things should fall nicely into place for the 10.45am start.

Brendon McCullum

The Black Caps skipper had an indifferent Test series with the bat but McCullum is one of the most exciting batsman in the world when it comes to the shorter format of the game.

Averaging over thirty in his 212 ODIs with a strike rate of 90.37, the stocky 31-year-old hits the ball out of the park and keep fans firmly on the edge of their seat.

McCullum has only batted once at Lord's in an ODI, back in 2008, and will want to make amends for a disappointing 23.

Friday's innings is one not to be missed.

A packed Lord's

With all but a few of the 28,500 available seats in the ground already sold we're set for a great atmosphere.

A full house with bustling Coronation and Harris Gardens surely means that if you're one of the lucky ones to get a day off work then what better way to start the weekend?

There are still a handful of tickets left and can be bought here.

Looking red hot

For the first time at the Home of Cricket, England will be wearing their fetching new ODI kit.

If you are at the ground then you pop into the Lord's shop and get your own shirt, complete with free personalisation worth £10.


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