By Andrew Alderson in Birmingham

New Zealand have a series of pivotal selection decisions to make as they contemplate the next phase of their cricket World Cup campaign.

Coach Gary Stead has been at pains to point out anyone in the team can perform, if required. That has yet to be tested with a winning combination masking over potential flaws until this morning's six-wicket loss to Pakistan.

Captain Kane Williamson is building his team around consistency and loyalty. Evidence is king and he will be loath to drop anyone on a whim. However, another failure by the openers and the