England open against Kiwis

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England will open their 2007 World Cup campaign against New Zealand after warming up against holders Australia.

{error}Michael Vaughan's men, who will be based in St Lucia for their commitments in Group C, also take on Kenya, surprise semi-finalists last time around, and minnows Canada.

Preparations for the tournament begin when England take on Bermuda (March 5) and Australia (March 9) in warm-up contests on St Vincent.

They then get under way against the Kiwis on March 16, five days after the opening ceremony.

On March 18 England take on Canada and they conclude the group stages with a clash against Kenya on March 24.

Scotland have the honour of facing Australia as well as South Africa and Holland in Group A.

Ireland will be based in Jamaica, along with hosts West Indies, Pakistan and Zimbabwe.

The top two teams from each group progress to the Super Eights stage, playing each of the other six teams they have yet to meet with the top four in the table progressing to the semi-finals.

The final is in Barbados on April 28.

England's World Cup fixtures

Warm-up matches:
March 5: v Bermuda, (St Vincent)
March 9: v Australia (St Vincent)

Group stage:
March 16: v New Zealand (St Lucia)
March 18: v Canada (St Lucia)
March 24: v Kenya (St Lucia)

Super Eight Series:
March 27-April 21

April 24-25

April 28


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