Hesson: England ‘dangerous’

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Peter Moores’ side kicked off their World Cup with a demoralising 111-run defeat to the Aussies in Melbourne and now head for Wellington for Friday’s clash with co-hosts New Zealand.

The Black Caps secured wins over Sri Lanka and Scotland in their Pool A openers but having shown some batting weaknesses in chasing down a modest target of 143 against the latter. And Hesson believes England pose a genuine threat to his team’s momentum.

He said: “They’re a dangerous side. They’ve got a lot of quality players.

“Some are in form, some are not so much so. Their seam attack have got good??pace and bounce – and they bat pretty deep so they’re a dangerous outfit.

“In a World Cup anything is possible, and they’ve got some very good??players.

“They’ve got a lot of match-winners with bat and ball and we’ve had some??pretty good battles with them over the last few years. We expect another good??one on Friday.

“In the last 30 ODIs we’ve been very good. We’re pretty structured with how we play with the bat.

“We’ve got a blueprint that works pretty well and has done over the last??couple of years so we won’t be looking to change that any time soon.”

When asked if he was tempted to shuffle his pack or keep faith with the XI that started the tournament, Hesson added: “That’s our best XI at the moment for those conditions. Like we said last time, they’ll have to scrub up – see how guys recover.

“Three games in seven days is always challenging but, as I said, it’s more??important to get those wins early.

“First things first was to win the game (against Scotland) but once we got to that??position, net run rate was massive. We could have got there none down off 30 overs and ended up worse off than??what we’ve ended up being.

“Come quarter-final time, it’s crucial where you finish and we want to finish??as high up the rankings as we can. If we become even with another side then net run rate becomes a factor.”