England vs New Zealand Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
England vs New Zealand | Tuesday 9 June, 2015 | Edgbaston | 14.00
England will try to put their disappointing 2015 World Cup campaign behind them when they take on World Cup finalists New Zealand in the first of a five-match series at Edgbaston on Tuesday.
England managed to register just two wins from their six matches at the World Cup, failing to progress from Pool A and lagging well behind their rivals in terms of tactical approach.
Since making the third of three losing World Cup final appearances back in 1992, they have struggled to keep up with changes in the 50-over game.
However, in omitting the likes of senior pacemen James Anderson and Stuart Broad, as well as experienced batsman Ian Bell, and by including the hard-hitting Alex Hales, Jos Buttler and Jason Roy, England’s squad has something of a fresh look about it.
“It’s time to put the World Cup behind us. It was very disappointing but we learned some key messages,” wicketkeeper-batsman Buttler said.
We have to be looking at scores of 350 and upwards. That’s the way the game’s going. In a few years we’ll look back at the World Cup and say it was a turning-point in 50-over cricket.”
New Zealand played in familiar fashion when thrashing Leicestershire by 198 runs in a one-day warm-up match on Saturday.
Both Grant Elliott, who hit Dale Steyn for six to seal New Zealand`s dramatic World Cup semi-final win over South Africa, and wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi made 106 not out against the Midlands county.
New Zealand have won just four of their 52 Tests in England and only two series – in 1986 and 1989 – and batsman Brendan McCullum is predicting a hard-fought battle in the 100th Test between the sides despite the hosts’ recent problems.
“They are obviously going through some challenges – we’ve been there as well and understand what every team has to go through – but they are still stacked full of world-class players,” he said.
“In their own conditions, they will be a tough proposition and we are by no means thinking we have got them.”
England vs New Zealand Betting Tips
Despite the uncertain conditions, New Zealand are the clear favourites in this game, priced at 4/11 with Betway. McCullum has led the side with tremendous charisma in recent times and will look to continue the upward swing.
England, priced at 9/4, will need to up their game if they are to have any hope of beating New Zealand.