Williamson in the runs as New Zealand beat England

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson could hand over the reins to Tim Southee left for Tuesday's England match if his

England have now lost their last three games after back-to-back losses to Australia who have already qualified for the tri-series final.

England's stand-in captain Jos Buttler put the hosts in to bat after winning the toss, hoping an mottled-looking drop-in pitch with huge bald patches would prove unplayable.

A day earlier Williamson insisted he would continue playing all three formats for his country, despite a run drought in the shortest format and questions about the toll it was taking.

Williamson should have been run out without scoring as he dashed for a risky single but paceman Mark Wood missed the stumps from close quarters.

Williamson top-scored with 72 from 46 balls and opener Martin Guptill contributed 65 as the Black Caps battled to a tight victory over England.

Williamson's maximums came behind square, straight down the ground, over deep mid-wicket and over fine leg.

New Zealand's move to shore up the batting also paid off as former Hong Kong global Mark Chapman made a useful cameo of 20 off 13 on his New Zealand debut.

Jordan also removed Williamson in an 18th over in which he conceded only three runs.

There were solid contributions from two debutants down the order as Mark Chapman (20 off 13 balls) and Tim Seifert (14 from 6 balls) propelled the hosts to a total of more than 190.

The Black Caps meet high-flying Australia first in a Friday nighter in Auckland.

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Defeat leaves qualification out of England's hands.

England batsman Jason Roy says the match is hugely important for the team.

New Zealand should have put the game to bed earlier with Mitchell Santner and Tim Southee spilling easy balls.

Fans on social media reacted immediately, with some even comparing it to former New Zealand skipper Dan Vettori's stunning effort against the West Indies at the 2015 World Cup.

Lloyd believes New Zealand had better bowling plans and urged England to use part-time bowlers such as Dawid Malan and James Vince to give opposition batsmen something different to think about.

"We got a fantastic start".

England, who needed a record score to win, were off to a flier, courtesy of tall opener Alex Hales. We probably didn't get those cameos lower down, myself coming in and failing and that made a difference.

Buttler added: "We need a favour from Australia to beat New Zealand". It is a game of small margins. We got plenty in the power play and there partnerships throughout.

Captain Kane Williamson was clear of a back niggle and will play.

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