Hesson: This new England team is scary

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New Zealand coach Mike Hesson is glad he didn't have to face the current England side, and their new attacking mentality, at the World Cup earlier this year, saying this team would have done some damage.

England crashed out of the World Cup in the group stage after losing to Bangladesh, and were generally poor with the bat, while the Black Caps reached the final. But England, though they're two-one behind, have found some form.

Hesson said of England's new approach, with two games to go in the series: "They are a completely different team, a different team in so many ways.

"If this side was at the World Cup, I think they would certainly scare a few teams in terms of the way they play.

"They haven't quite nailed it yet, but you are never going to straight away. But on their day, crikey, they are dangerous."

He denied that the Black Caps, famous for the attacking game, had been the inspiration for the England revival though, adding: "No-one owns a particular style.

"I think England are playing a brand of cricket that puts you under the pump unless you are really on-song."

The Kiwis have also blooded new players in this series, with paceman Ben Wheeler making his debut in the third ODI and taking three wickets, while all-rounder Mitchell Santner has been playing in place of the injured Corey Anderson.

The coach said of his rookies: "Ben, you couldn't expect much more from a debutant, taking three of the top seven wickets and being there at the end with the bat.

"The beauty of the squad is that we trust everyone to take on key roles. We certainly gave them (Wheeler and Santner) key roles, we didn't hide them, and they stood up."

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