Originally Posted by Scaly piscine
Heh nope, England have been just wildly erratic. On a good day England could beat anyone when it meant something. New Zealand on the other hand have been a consistently mediocre outfit, which will get you consistently to the quarter/semi finals and consistently not win anything worthwhile.
Unlike certain other sides, like for instance Australia, there's no real rivalry with New Zealand. They're too insignificant. You seem keen to try and build one up because you know Australia will crush you whenever they feel like it.
Would take NZ over England in ODIs pretty much every time personally. And the argument that 'on a good day England could beat anyone' is a bit misleading, because any team will win if they have a good day (see Bangladesh at Cardiff 2005), it's just that England's good days in ODIs, especially in large tournaments, seem few and far between.
But this is T20s not ODIs, and England do certainly have a decent line-up, so who knows. I think it's really a bit too hard to pick a favourite at this stage, maybe it's just because I'm not that clued up on T20, but they're just far too unpredictable for mine. NZ do definitely have some good names in their line-ups though, with Bond, Vettori, Taylor, Ryder and McCullum. Whether it'll be enough remains to be seen. Would back them over Aus though, that's for sure.