The Latest: England wins toss, bats 1st
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Day 35 of the Cricket World Cup (all times local):
England has won the toss and chosen to bat first against New Zealand, a huge boost for the Cricket World Cup host in a tournament where chasing teams have struggled.
While England was unchanged from its weekend win over India, New Zealand had two alterations in personnel, both in the bowling department: Pacemen Tim Southee, making his first appearance of the tournament, and Matt Henry in for the injured Lockie Ferguson and spinner Ish Sodhi.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said after the toss he would also have had a bat under sunny skies in northern England.
England captain Eoin Morgan said there was "excitement" among his players because "there's a bit more on the line ... it's a bit like a quarterfinal."
England: Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (captain), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood.
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent Boult.
New Zealand will be without Lockie Ferguson against England, with the seamer missing out because of a tight left hamstring.
Ferguson is the Black Caps' leading wicket-taker at this Cricket World Cup with 17.
One of England and New Zealand will be in the Cricket World Cup semifinals after their high-stakes meeting at Chester-le-Street on Wednesday.
While the winner heads to the playoffs, the loser will face a nervous wait until Friday when fifth-placed Pakistan gets a final chance to climb into the top four.
There's more at stake for England at Riverside Stadium, where the forecast is for unbroken play.
The tournament host is in fourth place and only a point clear of Pakistan, which closes its group campaign against already-eliminated Bangladesh.
New Zealand is two points clear of Pakistan but has a much healthier net run-rate than its rival. So just avoiding a heavy defeat against England should ensure the Black Caps cannot be shunted from the semifinal lineup.
England is looking to avenge an embarrassing eight-wicket loss to New Zealand at the 2015 World Cup, which captain Eoin Morgan described as the "rock bottom" moment of his career.