Fans of one-day international cricket will want to watch live online when New Zealand faces England in the first match of their five-ODI series over the next two weeks — a series that will feature an England side that looks very different from the team that split two Test Matches against New Zealand to kick off the Black Caps’ current tour.
To find out how to watch the New Zealand vs. England First ODI cricket match live online, free and legally, see the information at the bottom of this article. The one-day match is set for 2 p.m. locally at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham, England. That will be 9 a.m. United States Eastern Time, 6 a.m. Pacific, on Tuesday, June 9.
The ODI series, with the Royal London trophy at stake, will be missing some faces very familiar to England fans, and with the changes, England One-Day Captain Eoin Morgan expects that his side will display a different, more aggressive and crowd-pleasing brand of cricket than fans of traditionally conservative England are accustomed to watching.
“Having guys being able to turn the ball both ways, having your quicks looking constantly to take wickets, and obviously being aggressive with the bat,” Morgan said on Monday, describing the new style of cricket he hopes his team will produce — the style that was missing from England’s disastrous exit from the group stage of the recent Cricket World Cup.
“We watched New Zealand get to the final playing the sort of cricket that has driven the one-day game forward,” Morgan added. “That is the brand of cricket we want to play.”
Morgan himself (above left) will be the most prominent addition to the ODI side, replacing Test Captain Alastair Cook. Also missing, England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker James Anderson and fellow bowler Stuart Broad, along with spinner Moeen Ali and veteran top-order batsman Ian Bell.
All of them, along with Gary Ballance, who was also left out of the ODI side, were part of the failed World Cup England team.
Among the additions, legspinner Adil Rashid and pacer Mark Wood.
New Zealand Captain Brendon McCullum (pictured above right) made fewer alterations to his squad, bringing in World Cup hero Grant Elliot and leaving out fast bowler Tim Southee.
There are two ways to watch the New Zealand vs. England First ODI live online, free and legally. The first option is ESPN3, the online-only service of ESPN, which will stream the entire five-match ODI series at this link. ESPN3 is free to subscribers of almost any major internet service provider and dozens of smaller ISPs. For a complete list, check this link, or try the instructions at this link if you do not have an account with an ISP that carries ESPN3.
The New Zealand vs. England ODI cricket series will also be streamed live online by One World Sports. The Sling TV international sports package includes One World Sports, and costs $10 per month. But the first month is free, and the subscription can be cancelled at any time. To take advantage of the Sling TV offer, visit this link.
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