England vs New Zealand 2nd ODI Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
England vs New Zealand | Friday 12 June, 2015 | The Oval | 13.00
England’s thrashing of New Zealand in the first ODI may have left us clutching at superlatives, but can they continue such impressive form at the Oval on Friday?
In what has been called a new era of one-day internationals, England put on a record-breaking display, striking their highest ever score of 408 for nine in a 210-run victory over New Zealand.
Tuesday’s side, under the temporary charge of Paul Farbrace, contained just six members of the squad that suffered a terrible first-round exit at the World Cup.
The rejuvenated side took full advantage of some poor New Zealand bowling and fielding but also produced some outstanding aggression that has, for a long time, been missing from English 50-over cricket.
After losing Jason Roy to the first ball of the match, England stunned with a hundred from Joe Root in 71 balls followed by another century from Jos Buttler in five fewer.
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum fell in the first over and the side never really looked set to pose any sort of threat to the hosts.
After posting 160 for three in the chase, the World Cup runners-up went on to lose their last six wickets for a mere 13 runs.
Former England captain Alec Stewart commented on the historic turnaround for the side, stating, “A couple of months ago England were being laughed at for playing archaic one-day cricket.
“It’s roles reversed from the World Cup. The public needed this, the England dressing-room needed this. If this is how they are going to play for the next four years, it’s a great start.”
Both sides will, naturally, be more focused on the next four matches as opposed to the next four years, with England looking to prove the first ODI was more than a fluke and New Zealand desperate to put in more than a mediocre performance second time around.
McCullum was stunned by his opposing team, revealing, “It was the complete performance by England. Special performances from Root and Buttler, I thought they were outstanding and to post 400 in any game is outstanding, credit to England, they blew us off the park.”
The Black Caps may be shaken by England’s unexpected display but they shouldn’t panic just yet. The visitors won the last ODI at the Oval, beating England by a wicket, and still have the form to beat their hosts with a little work from their attack.
Some of England’s Records in 1st ODI
- England’s biggest winning margin (210 runs) in ODI cricket
- Highest ODI total by England (10th highest of all time)
- Most sixes scored in an ODI innings by England (14)
England vs New Zealand 2nd ODI Betting Tips
The odds are close but New Zealand remain the bookies’ favourites, making this a great time to back England for another stunning display.
We’re tipping an England victory at 23/20 and Root to shine as England’s top batsman, priced at 11/4, both odds with Betway.