Giles says England expecting stern challenge from Kiwis

Wellington, Jan 29(ANI): England one-day coach Ashley Giles has said they are expecting a tough challenge from New Zealand during their upcoming series in the land of Kiwis.

England wrapped up their five-match one-day series against India at Dharamsala on Sunday with a face-saving win in the last international and it left them looking at getting some momentum from a 2-3 series defeat as they head to New Zealand, Stuff.co.nz reports.

England would face the Black Caps in three Twenty20 internationals, and three ODIs and Test matches.

England would arrive in New Zealand on Tuesday and have two warm up T20s in Whangarei against a New Zealand XI.

New Zealand are fresh off a surprise 2-1 ODI series win over South Africa, a result that has breathed life into the looming contests with England.

Giles said New Zealand deserved respect after their efforts in South Africa where the Black Caps rallied from two test-match hidings to stun the Proteas.

Giles added that the Black Caps were a good side in the shorter versions of the game but he believed England were also starting to find the right balance and were looking forward to the more familiar conditions in New Zealand.

Giles further said he is anticipating interesting times in New Zealand, adding that he got to learn a lot about his players from his first taste of coaching an international team. (ANI)

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