New Zealand will begin their Test tour of England from May this year and it could offer an exciting contest between two evenly-matched sides given the circumstances. The latest England v New Zealand betting tips can be found below.
The reason why the England v New Zealand betting tips point to this being a very close series is because of the obvious direction in which the two sides are going at this stage. In one word, they are going in opposite directions.
New Zealand, in their last 18 months or so, have slowly and steadily improved in all three formats of the game. They made it to the final of the 2015 World Cup, and the only game they lost was the final to Australia. In getting to the final, they had registered their best showing in World Cup cricket.
In Tests as well, New Zealand have gone from strength to strength.
Since their last tour of England, New Zealand have played 15 Tests. They have won eight and lost just two out of them with five others ending in draws.
As opposed to that, England have only recently managed to come away with just a drawn series in West Indies. It was a series England should have won according to the experts but came away with an underwhelming showing.
Before that England fell away to a shoddy first round defeat in the World Cup, with Bangladesh getting to the knock-outs in their place.
Off the field, the Kevin Pietersen saga resurfaced after he smashed a triple-century for Surrey. New cricket director for England, Andrew Strauss, however, continued to shun his advances and that led to the fans questioning ECB’s wisdom.
Peter Moores was sacked, which means they are still hunting for a new coach (next England coach betting odds here) who won’t be finalised till after the New Zealand series.
Adam Lyth and Mark Wood have been added to the England squad for this series and it’ll be interesting to see how they cope.
All in all, the time’s just ripe for New Zealand to put up a punishing performance but they have an issue that could come out during the Tests. Some of their very important players have been away playing in the IPL and adapting back to the red-ball format won’t be easy.
Here’re the latest England v New Zealand betting tips & odds (we’ll update this over all 10 days of the series)
England to win the series: 7/4
Drawn series: 9/4
New Zealand to win the series: 9/4
Series correct score:
Draw 1-1: 7/2
England 1-0: 7/2
New Zealand 1-0: 4/1
England 2-0: 6/1
New Zealand 2-0: 15/2
Draw 0-0: 8/1
England v New Zealand 1st Test odds:
England to win: 13/8
New Zealand to win: 12/5