England look for one-day impetus

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England head coach Peter Moores is hoping Friday's Twenty20 international against New Zealand gets his players into form for the one-day series.

The Old Trafford contest is followed by five ODIs, a form of the game in which the Kiwis beat England 3-1 in February.

Moores said: "As a one-day side, we're still finding out some roles and settling a bit as a team, so we've got a lot to be concentrating on.

"They will come at us hard, we've got a lot to do to win the one-day series."

The batting form of England's one-day captain Paul Collingwood remains a concern ahead of the one-off Twenty20 match against Daniel Vettori's side.

Collingwood scored just 32 runs at an average of 10.66 in the recent Test series and though he took 5-14 with the ball in a Twenty20 game for Durham on Wednesday, he only managed seven with the bat.

Moores is looking forward to seeing how the likes of in-form batsmen Ravi Bopara and Owais Shah perform and thereby keep their names in the frame for future Test call-ups.

"It's great to see people who are not in the Test team performing well. As a coach, you always want to see them doing well and moving their games forward," added Moores.

"There are always two ways into the side: through your performance, and also through someone else who is not performing as well."

Vettori, meanwhile, believes New Zealand will have the edge for Friday's game as they have players who recently appeared in the lucrative Indian Premier League tournament.

"I hope our IPL players make a difference because it's a format of the game we're pretty comfortable with," said Vettori.

"Hopefully, Scott Styris's experience in the IPL and the fact he was there for the full tournament should help us in terms of his knowledge and the way the Twenty20 game is developing and moving.

"A lot of us have been out of it for a while and the guys that weren't at the IPL haven't played for a while either and it's the same for England."

England's players were prevented from featuring in the IPL because of their international schedules, although England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive David Collier has revealed a 10-day window will be found for them to play in the IPL next winter.

But Vettori believes their absence could lead to them missing out on important innovations in the way teams approach cricket and in particular Twenty20 matches.

"It was exciting to know that this was the way we'd do something in the New Zealand dressing room but it's not always the way it's done in other parts of the world," he explained.

"I've tried to take a lot of the stuff I learnt there back to our dressing room and I know the guys who played in a lot of the other teams felt the same way.

"While it was going on, I didn't get a chance to see too many games because of the Test series but cricket moves pretty quickly and I'm sure there will be many changes."

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