England vs New Zealand First T20 LIVE: Date, start time, full schedule, squads and how to follow opening match of series

England will take on New Zealand in back-to-back series over the next month with the first T20 clash taking place tonight.

Jos Buttler captains the hosts who are upping their preparation for the Cricket World Cup that gets underway in India later this year. 

England begin their preparation for the World Cup against New Zealand


England begin their preparation for the World Cup against New ZealandCredit: Getty

This will be the first of four T20 clashes between England and New Zealand before it is swiftly followed by a four-match ODI series. 

England’s stars will be looking to prove themselves worthy of a place in the World Cup squad by helping their side to victory against the Kiwis. 

England vs New Zealand First IT20: Date and start time

The First T20 of this series will take place on Wednesday, August 30. 

It will be played at the Seat Unique Riverside Stadium in Chester-le-Street with the action getting underway at 6pm. 

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England vs New Zealand First IT20: How to follow

The whole series will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Cricket. 

Fans can access both channels for just £18 per month combined or pick up the complete sports package for just £25 per month.

Subscribers can watch each match on TV or via Sky Go on tablet and mobile devices.

talkSPORT will also have live updates of all the action with Sam Ellard. 

To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

Buttler will captain England for the T20 series


Buttler will captain England for the T20 seriesCredit: Getty

England vs New Zealand: T20 series schedule

  • First T20 – Wednesday, August 30 at 6pm – Seat Unique Riverside Stadium, Chester-le-Street 
  • Second T20 – Friday, September 1 at 6pm – Old Trafford, Manchester 
  • Third T20 – Sunday, September 3 at 2:30pm – Edgbaston, Birmingham
  • Fourth T20 – Tuesday, September 5 at 6pm –  Trent Bridge, Nottingham 

England vs New Zealand First IT20: Squads 


  • Jos Buttler (C)
  • Moeen Ali
  • Gus Atkinson
  • Jonny Bairstow 
  • Harry Brook
  • Brydon Carse
  • Sam Curran 
  • Ben Duckett
  • Will Jacks
  • Chris Jordan
  • Liam Livingstone
  • Dawid Malan
  • Adil Rashid
  • Rehan Ahmed 
  • Luke Wood 

New Zealand 

  • Tim Southee (C)
  • Finn Allen
  • Mark Chapman
  • Devon Conway
  • Lockie Ferguson
  • Matt Henry
  • Kyle Jamieson
  • Cole McConchie 
  • Adam Milne
  • Daryl Mitchell
  • Glenn Phillips
  • Rachin Ravindra
  • Mitchell Santner
  • Tim Seifert 
  • Ish Sodhi
Brook will want to continue his good form and force his way into the World Cup squad


Brook will want to continue his good form and force his way into the World Cup squadCredit: Getty

England vs New Zealand First IT20: What has been said? 

Harry Brook will be out to try and force his way into England’s World Cup squad with another strong performance this series. 

And captain Buttler believes he can still make the team despite missing out on the provisional line-up due to Ben Stokes’ retirement reversal. 

He said: “There’s still a long time before everyone’s meant to get on the plane so we’ll wait and see what happens.

“We all know Harry’s a fantastic player and we saw what he can do the other night, it’s not like it’s a surprise, we know what a brilliant player he is.

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“He’s just the unfortunate one at the moment to not be in that squad. Ben Stokes coming back and being available just as a batter changes the dynamic a little bit.

“Ben’s a fantastic player to be able to welcome back. It’s a really tough selection, there have been players performing really well over a period of time and that’s where we are at the minute.”