England vs New Zealand Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
England vs New Zealand 2nd Test Series | Friday, 29 May 2015 | Headingley | 11.00
The second Test at Headingley gets underway on Friday as England attempt to pull out another impressive performance against New Zealand after a thrilling win at Lord’s in the first Test.
Just two weeks ago a gloomy portrait of England’s future was painted by much of the media after it was confirmed that there was no place for Kevin Pietersen in the team. His apparent inability to be part of the team and the lack of trust in him by the board, despite his remarkable talent, were given as sufficient reasons not to include England’s best shot at victory in the team.
Yet, somehow, against all odds, England produced a memorable comeback at Lord’s last week to claim a win which has now started much talk about a new era in English cricket – all without the need for KP and his master batting.
A stunning performance from Ben Stokes helped England to steal the victory, although New Zealand did, for much of the match, look like the stronger team.
What can this tell us as we look to Headingley and the second test? Perhaps, most importantly, that New Zealand shouldn’t underestimate England’s ability.
However, the Black Caps were the favourites ahead of the first Test, with good reason, and they remain the more likely winners at Headingley. Best odds on a New Zealand victory come in at 7/2 with Betway.
For more specific markets, we’re looking at Joe Root as the top Batsman for England in the first innings. The 24-year-old has been in form lately, winning in six of his last 11 Tests.
Root, England’s new vice captain, has averaged over 94 in the last year, counting four centuries in that time.
With Headingley his home ground, Root looks strongest in this category and is a safe bet at 3/1 with Betway.
After impressing in the last test, Stokes could also be a great bet in the second. The Durham all-rounder hit the fastest ton ever recorded in a Lord’s Test before falling for 101 from 92 balls.
The England top bowler market is another point of interest ahead of the Test at Headingley and it looks like it will be between James Anderson and Stuart Broad in this category as both have considerable experience.
Side by side Broad looks stronger, having taken 22 wickets in five Tests in Leeds, while Anderson has managed just 15 in six games. However, Anderson’s record 399 Test wickets may draw a lot of attention ahead of this match.
Broad has come under some scrutiny of late for a drop in pace, but his record as top wicket-taker in two of his five games at Headingley, speaks for itself.
Given the stats, Anderson’s odds at 9/4 (Sky Bet) fall a little short for out liking, so we’ll be backing Stuart Broad to take most wickets for England in the first innings, priced at 11/4 with Sky Bet.