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New Zealand versus England ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Predicted Starting 11 : Tim Southee and Kane Williamson are both out of the opening match, and Ben Stokes is doubtful.

 Ben Stokes

England, the current world champion, will play New Zealand in the tournament's opening match at Ahmedabad's Narendra Modi Stadium in 2023.

A replay of the dramatic ODI World Cup 2019 final between England and New Zealand at Lord's will serve as the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2023. Due to the fact that both the "Super Over" and the regular-time game ended in ties, Jos Buttler's England team was declared the winner based on the "boundary countback" rule. Ben Stokes, an all-rounder for England, who retired from ODI play just one month before the 2023 World Cup, was the game's hero.

Buttler will be without the legendary Stokes for the opening game of the Cricket World Cup 2023 on Thursday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The England captain disclosed that Stokes had a "hip niggle."

In the pre-game press conference on Wednesday, Buttler commented on Stokes, saying, "He doesn't play many of them (warm-up games), but now he's got a slight sort of niggle with his hip, so fingers crossed that'll be good news for us."

Young England and Sunrisers Hyderabad hitter Harry Brook might replace Stokes in the England Playing 11 if Stokes is unable to recover in time for the first game. Additionally, Brook was selected for the England World Cup team at the last minute, taking the place of seasoned opener Jason Roy. Moeen Ali, an all-rounder for the Chennai Super Kings, may lose the opening game to Punjab Kings all-rounder Liam Livingstone.

The regular skipper of the 2019 World Cup champion Black Caps, Kane Williamson, is still not healthy enough to play in the tournament's opening match, despite the fact that he batted impressively in the warm-up games after playing cricket for the first time since sustaining a knee injury in the IPL 2023 opener.

Tim Southee, a seasoned pacer, will also miss the game after having surgery on a fractured finger, joining Williamson in this situation. Southee was a late addition to the team and sat out all of New Zealand's pregame contests.

All-rounder Glenn Phillips and bowler Matt Henry are likely to step up in Williamson and Southee's absence.

New Zealand and EnglandWorld Cup of Cricket 2023 Predictions 11

Ben Stokes/Harry Brook, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid, and Reece Topley are the players for England.

Will Young, Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Trent Boult, Tom Latham (c & wk), James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, and Trent Boult are all New Zealand players.