This will be the final T20I match of Ross Taylor’s career. He has already bowed out of Tests and after this game and the three ODIs after, his international career will be over completely.
Due to the simplicity of the assignment, the Kiwis have added uncapped Michael Bracewell and wicketkeeper Dane Cleaver to the squad.
New Zealand’s last T20 assignment was against India in India back in November. They had been hammered 3-0 in the series. Since then they’ve been beaten at home by Bangladesh and South Africa at home albeit in Tests. Thus, the Dutch would offer a nice opportunity to get their confidence up and running again.
This will be Netherlands’ first-ever T20I on New Zealand’s turf. To ensure that it does not turn into a baptism of fire, they’d have to have their batters play well.
The Dutch problems are not unlike the problems most smaller sides face. Their batting is weak and that is where most of their other problems originate from. Their subdued performance at last year’s World Cup was also largely due to their batting frailties.
A few positives for the European side is that Michael Rippon, who plays his cricket in New Zealand, is in their squad and so are Logan van Beek and Max O’Dowd – both of whom have experienced of playing Down Under.