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Last updated: 6th February 2008  

England v N Zealand preview

Mascarenhas: Magic performance in Auckland

I've worked hard over the last year and a half and now I've got an opportunity to try to stamp my authority on the position.

Phil Mustard
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England have the chance to lay down another early marker on their tour of New Zealand on Thursday.

Dimitri Mascarenhas starred as England defeated the hosts by 32 runs in the first Twenty20 international in Auckland on Tuesday.

With five One-Day Internationals and three Test matches to come in New Zealand, England have the chance to establish an early psychological advantage in Christchurch.

Durham wicketkeeper-batsman Phil Mustard impressed in the two warm-up matches and in the first T20 encounter between the sides and is eager to establish himself at the top level.

Enthusiasm

"I love doing my keeping," he said. "I've worked hard over the last year and a half and now I've got an opportunity to try to stamp my authority on the position.

"I've had two or three different coaches who chucked different ideas at me and you take in as much as you want to take in and you learn from whatever they give you.

"It's not a question of being brave. You have to be relaxed and it's quite a simple job as long as you understand what you want to do."

England could well remain unchanged despite Luke Wright's failure to get things going at the top of the order, although Essex all-rounder Ravi Bopara is still waiting in the wings.

Kiwis

Kevin Pietersen looked back to his best and Owais Shah and Paul Collingwood made solid contributions as England made 184-8 in Auckland.

The bowling unit operated well and left-arm seamer Ryan Sidebottom led the attack with great aplomb.

Jessie Ryder should keep his spot for the depleted Black Caps, despite being criticised for being overweight by former Kiwi international Adam Parore, meanwhile.

Big-hitting all-rounder Jacob Oram (hamstring) is out though, while Brendon McCullum is set to lead the team again in the absence of the injured Daniel Vettori (ankle).

Northern Districts left-hander Daniel Flynn should make his debut and off-spinner Jeetan Patel keeps his place.

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