Early moring rain delayed the start but play was expected to get underway at 1000 local time (1400GMT).
England picked injured quick James Anderson for the match.
The Lancashire fast bowler was named on the team sheet despite the injury to the little finger of his right hand suffered during catching practice on Wednesday.
England: Ed Joyce, Michael Vaughan (capt), Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, Jamie Dalrymple, Paul Nixon (wk), Liam Plunkett, James Anderson, Monty Panesar
New Zealand: Lou Vincent, Stephen Fleming (capt), Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, Craig McMillan, Jacob Oram, Brendon McCullum (wk), Daniel Vettori, James Franklin, Shane Bond, Jeetan Patel
Umpires: Rudi Koertzen (RSA), Billy Doctrove (WI) and TV umpire: Peter Parker (Aus)
Match referee: Mike Procter (RSA)