New Zealand v England: Hosts reach T20 tri-series final despite defeat

England cricketer Ben Stokes arrives at the team hotel in Hamilton New Zealand on Friday

England cricketer Ben Stokes arrives at the team hotel in Hamilton New Zealand on Friday

New Zealand will face Australia in the final of the Trans-Tasman Tri-Series despite losing to England by two runs in a deciding Twenty20 cricket worldwide on Sunday.

The Blacks Caps eased past that mark, thanks to Martin Guptill's 62 and a blistering 57 from fellow opener Colin Munro, but Tom Curran's tight final over ensured England prevailed by two runs as New Zealand finished on 192-4. He went on to reiterate his view that the format should only be played internationally in the run-up to World T20s.

England head coach Trevor Bayliss believes that Twenty20 cricket shouldn't be part of the global schedule and should only be played domestically.

"I can't see the point of going through all the hassle and all the criticism of getting him out here when some have felt, 'No, don't!' And then asking him to carry the drinks".

Australia have already reached the series final in Auckland next Wednesday, with four wins from four in preliminary matches.

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The unbeaten Australians are red-hot favourites to take out the title but Hesson said smart play could get his Kiwis over the line. "You've got guys who only play T20 and that's their chance to play global cricket, so absolutely".

"We played our best game today".

They nevertheless qualified for the tri-series final on net run rate.

The man-of-the-match said: "We didn't go through, 174 was what we were required to defend, we created chances but it was hard for our attack".

The result leaves Jos Buttler's men without a win in the series after losses to Australia in their previous two matches.

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"We've had three pretty close T20 games, Australia batting exceptionally well at Eden Park and chasing down a score that was pretty formidable", Hesson said.

England have called up Craig Overton to replace the injured Liam Plunkett for the one-day worldwide series against New Zealand. He'll be taking the next couple of days really easy. Victory stopped England from slipping to a record fifth consecutive defeat in T20 internationals, however.

England are aware of the depth of opposition talent but Morgan believes if they perform to their own potential, England could claim that remaining spot in the final.

Bayliss, however, said that a Twenty20 World Cup can be played every four years.

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