England's cricketers will be back in action tonight, just two days after losing the ICC Champions Trophy Final to India. 

Eoin Morgan will captain the England side in the first of two T20 games against New Zealand at the Kia Oval, with several of the big names rested ahead of the Ashes. 

Stuart Broad, England's regular skipper for the shortest form of the game, will sit out and Kevin Pietersen, despite returning to the squad, will have to wait until Thursday's match.

Pietersen enjoyed an excellent comeback from injury last week, when he hit an unbeaten 177 in Surrey's County Championship draw with Yorkshire and will be pleased to be back in the setup.  

Earlier today Broad tweeted: "Disappointed not to be playing or captaining in tonight's t20 game but fully understand the logic with our schedule. #Ashes"

Wicket keeper Jos Buttler, Ravi Bopara and James Tredwell look likely to be the only other survivors from Sunday's team, as the England selectors experiment in the penultimate game of the Kiwi's tour. 

Alistair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Tim Bresnan and James Anderson will all be able to put their feet up. 

Jade Dernbach will lead England's bowling attack, while Luke Wright, Danny Briggs, Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes have also been recalled. 

Yorkshire batsmen Gary Ballance could make his England debut at the top of the batting order.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum will be banking on his most experienced players: batsmen Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor to fire, while Mitchell McClenaghan will be given the opportunity to lead his side's pace attack after his brilliant performance in the Champions Trophy.

England will be looking for a swift response to Sunday's five run defeat, their fifth loss in a major tournament final, as they look to rebuild their confidence ahead of next month's Ashes series.    

 

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