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Summary

  1. Toss delayed by wet outfield; inspection at 10:15 BST
  2. South Africa won one of five games, New Zealand only lost points due to washout against India

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By Jack Skelton

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  1. The form horse?

    There have been comfortable wins over Sri Lanka and Afghanistan for 2015 finalists New Zealand, who have now won 11 of their last 12 World Cup matches.

    Their closest match to date has been a two-wicket win against Bangladesh, with the game against India washed out and big matches to come against Australia at Lord’s on 29 June and England at Durham on 3 July.

    New Zealand

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  2. Weather watch

    Chance of light rain this morning but largely good news and we should get a full match in.

  3. Toss delayed

    Some bad news to start though – the outfield is too wet for play at the moment.

    Thankfully it’s not raining and there will be an inspection at 10:15 BST.

    It means the toss is delayed for now.

  4. Post update

    We’re also saying an overdue hello to Edgbaston.

    This is the first match the storied ground is hosting during the World Cup.

    It may be late to the party but has plenty to offer, with New Zealand v Pakistan, England v India, Bangladesh v India and one of the semi-finals to come here after today’s match.

  5. Post update

    Just as a side note, did you see Jofra Archer cracking Ikram Ali Khil on the grille with the literal last ball of the match?

    Mate. So brutal.

    Anyway, that 150-run win took England top of the table but New Zealand can reclaim it with victory over South Africa at Edgbaston today.

  6. The king of the understatement?

    Morgan raises his bat on Facebook

    Morgan

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  7. Post update

    I was away yesterday so have only just been able to watch the highlights of Eoin Morgan’s record 17 [SEVENTEEN] sixes in his stunning 148 against Afghanistan yesterday.

    Re-mark-able scenes.

    Unfortunately, we haven’t got time to show you all the 33 sixes hit at Old Trafford, but here’s a few to wet your whistle…

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    Video caption: Morgan reaches an extraordinary century with three sixes in an over

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    Video caption: Morgan hits two more sixes off Rashid

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    Video caption: Morgan bags two more sixes in quick succession
  8. Post update

    But first, let’s talk about six…

    (And no, nothing to do with Jurgen Klopp).

  9. Welcome

    New Zealand, unbeaten but not overly tested.

    South Africa, chastened and trying to scrap back.

    These two sides played an amazing semi-final in the last World Cup, with the Black Caps prevailing thanks to Grant Elliott’s heroics.

    Can they serve up another cracker today?