Brendon McCullum (captain)
A hard-hitting wicketkeeper-batsman, Twenty20 is arguably McCullum's strongest international format given he averages nearly 35 - almost as much as he does in Tests and much more than in one-day internationals. As skipper, he is adept at filling three roles.
The 22-tear-old is a powerful middle-order batsman and lively medium-pace bowler. His three T20 internationals before this series were away to South Africa in December with unremarkable personal results.
Another 22-year-old, the seamer is establishing himself in all international formats. Bracewell was dropped for the corresponding T20I series in New Zealand during February, which England won 2-1.
A seamer with good pace, Butler has represented New Zealand sporadically over an 11-year period. He has a good T20I record, and is back in the Black Caps set-up for the shortest format after a three-year absence ahead of the February rubber.
Better than the 'bits-and-pieces cricketer' some claim, Franklin has managed to carve out a decent career in an era of global domestic T20 tournaments. He took T20-best figures of 4-15 in February's second game versus England which New Zealand won by 55 runs.
A stylish opening batsman capable of powerful striking, Guptill has plenty of ability and can score all round the wicket. He is particularly outstanding in limited-overs cricket as he proved with consecutive tons in the recent NatWest Series win.
All-rounder Hira, whose left-arm spin has proved useful in domestic limited-overs cricket, is likely to be New Zealand's second-choice slow bowler behind Nathan McCullum in the absence of Daniel Vettori.
A 21-year-old aggressive opening batsman and the reserve wicketkeeper in this rubber, Latham's first two T20 internationals were against West Indies in Florida a year ago. His third and most recent cap prior to this series was in the World Twenty20 versus Sri Lanka.
The leading wicket-taker in the NatWest Series, which he followed up with 11 scalps in three Champions Trophy games, the left-arm seamer was less effective in February's T20Is against England but will be full of confidence.
The brother of Brendon McCullum, Nathan has long since stepped out of his younger sibling's shadow and established himself as a model of consistency in limited-overs cricket. While his forte remains off-spinning darts, he is also a useful lower-order batsman and outstanding fielder.
The reliable seamer has overcome a series of injuries to remain part of New Zealand's limited-overs set-up. Although he played in this year's ODIs versus England home and away, his previous sprint-format internationals to this rubber came in the World T20.
The hard-hitting batsman made his debut in all international formats during New Zealand's English-winter tour of South Africa. He played in February's three T20Is against England with limited success and also featured in the last NatWest Series ODI.
England know all about the top-order batsman, who hit 171 against them on Test debut in March having faced them in the prior limited-overs internationals. Since that Test ton, England's bowlers have worked Rutherford out somewhat.
Taylor remains New Zealand's best all-round batsman. While Brendon McCullum is often spoken about in relation to T20 cricket, his predecessor as captain is outstanding in all forms of the game and very much a man to be feared from an England perspective.