New Zealand vs England Test Series Betting and Preview – Cricket Odds

England's away form is still cause for concern

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The Kiwis have just whitewashed the Great Britain Lions in rugby league but New Zealand have not fared as well against England in other spheres.

The All Blacks were knocked out of the Rugby Union World Cup by Eddie Jones’ men and the Black Caps have found England to be something of a bogey team this year. They lost in the group stages of the World Cup to Eoin Morgan’s team and lost that breathtaking Super Over in the World Cup Final itself. They have just suffered a similar fate in the recent T20 series between the two teams, a victory that gave England a narrow series victory. New Zealand’s cricketers will be desperate to strike back before the year end but have just two Test matches in which to do so.
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New Zealand Form and Team News

No-one can deny that New Zealand are over-reliant on captain Kane Williamson. He is even more important to the Black Caps that Steve Smith is to Australia – a comparison between the pair is due ti take place this winter when New Zealand play a three-Test series in Oz. But Williamson is not fully fit and missed the T20 series against England to rest his troublesome hip. Coach Gary Stead will need to manage his key batsman’s contribution as he’s so far played than an hour of competitive cricket so far this winter.
He should play in the First Test at Mount Maunganui, however, as natural replacement Will Young is still recovering from shoulder surgery and has yet to make his Test debut. As a precaution, Otago batsman Hamish Rutherford has been playing for New Zealand A against England but hasn’t played Test cricket in five years.
Henry Nichols and Tom Latham have both scored centuries in the Plunket Shield this winter but, otherwise, New Zealand’s top six haven’t accumulated many runs.
Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner are all certain starters in New Zealand’s bowling attack and coach Stead may take a leaf out of the Aussies’ play book by fielding a fourth seamer in Lockie Ferguson. The latter is yet to make his Test bow but is an experienced one-day performer and a proven wicket-taker. Matt Henry is also under consideration while the spinner’s role may go the Grant Santner.
New Zealand have not lost any of their last six Test series and currently ranked second in the world so will be no pushovers for an England team who have generally under-performed at Test level over the last four years.

Result      
New Zealand 7/4 23/10 15/8
Draw 13/8 8/5 7/4
England 2/1 6/4 15/8

(Betting Odds were taken from William Hill, Paddy Power & Betfred on November 12, 2019 at 2.00pm)

England Form and Team News – More away blues for England?

Joe Denly’s ankle injury has led to a reprieve for Johnny Bairstow, who was due to be rested.
England are under a new coach on this tour, of course, Chris Silverwood being brought in to work alongside captain and fellow Yorkshireman Joe Root.
Root will almost certainly bat at four against New Zealand with Ben Stokes at five. Denly will be the regular number three when fit but Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley have both put themselves in line for a Test debut after scoring hundreds in the first warm-up. Sibley could be Rory Burns’ partner at the top of the order.
In the continued absence of Jimmy Anderson, Jofra Archer and Stuart Broad will lead the England attack in New Zealand, backed up by Chris Woakes. Sam Curran and Ollie Pope are the medium pace options. Jos Buttler is taking the wicket-keepers gloves on this tour so Bairstow will be a specialist batsman if he stays.
England have not last a home Test series since 2014 but have been less effective on the road. A 3-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka at this time last year proved a false dawn as they then lost to the West Indies in the Caribbean. They also lost 1-0 in New Zealand two years ago after a 4-0 Ashes thumping in Australia.

New Zealand vs England Test Head-to-Heads

In seven Test series between the sides since 2000, England have won four and lost only one. However, that was their last meeting in 2018 so it’s possible momentum is shifting.

New Zealand vs England Current Series Odds

New Zealand 23/10, Draw 15/8, England 2/1 (Odds correct at 1.30pm November 12)

New Zealand vs England Predictions

England are the world champions in limited-overs cricket and a formidable T20 side. But those successes have been achieved at the cost of their Test ranking.
They were always playing catch-up against a far-from-brilliant Australia side in the summer. It remains to be seen how much the new coach will want to sacrifice in order to build up the Test side.
A settled side would certainly help but Chris Silverwood will not want to be the one to call time on Jimmy Anderson’s career in order to bring through new bowlers.
New Zealand have a very settled batting line-up and a tried and tested attack, especially on seam-friendly home soil. England’s bowlers should also enjoy the weather and conditions but the home side are overpriced to win the series at 23/10 with Paddy Power.

NZ to win 1-0 Correct Score
5/1

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