England will hope to take the confidence from their previous win over New Zealand in the second Test when the two sides meet at Headingley for the second and last Test of the series from May 29. The England v New Zealand 2nd Test betting tips can be found below.
The Kiwi bowlers triggered a stunning England collapse to help themselves to a series-levelling victory. New Zealand won by 199 runs with Mark Craig and Kane Williamson helping themselves to three wickets apiece. BJ Watling’s 120 won him the man of the match award.
Day Five Preview:
Ah, that rain. It had to come down, leaving the game poised on the throes of a draw. New Zealand seemed to have done well to declare on time after smashing a quickfire few runs on the fourth day. In the 16 overs they batted, New Zealand racked up 116 thanks to Mark Craig’s unbeaten 58 and that set England a target of 455. It has never been chased down before in Test match cricket.
However, just 13 overs into their chase, rains came down to end the day prematurely. England hadn’t lost a wicket till then which leaves New Zealand to pick up 10 wickets on the final day. However, with more rain predicted for the final day too, a draw looks more certain than any other result now.
Draw’s at 2/5 while they are offering 9/4 for a New Zealand win, which seems quite short at the moment. England are a distant 45/1 to win this.
Day Four Preview:
New Zealand have turned the second Test dramatically in their favour despite there being moments on day three when England seemed to have come back into the game. For instance, England had fallen to 267 for eight at one stage in reply to New Zealand’s 350 before Stuart Broad played one of his best Test innings in recent times – certainly the best since his nose was dislocated by a Varun Aaron delivery. That levelled England up with New Zealand on the first innings.
Then, England looked to have New Zealand in trouble in the second dig, reducing them to 23 for two before BJ Watling smashed a century, and Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor and Luke Ronchi chipped in with useful knocks to take them to 338 for six at stumps. That’s also taken New Zealand to 3/5 to win this Test while England are 3/1 to win it now.
As exhibited by the lines in bold in the preview to the third day’s play below, we had predicted exactly that – New Zealand’s odds to shorten from their 3/1 the previous day. With a target of 400 looking ominous, New Zealand look heavy favourites to win it but it’s difficult to see England cave in too easily here – they could still run the Kiwis close despite chasing 400.
Day Three Preview:
England were in a position to dictate terms to New Zealand but a late collapse saw New Zealand make a comeback into the game on day two. And with the weather forecast looking a tad better than before, we could be looking at some exciting cricket ahead.
First New Zealand smashed their way to 350, adding 53 for the ninth and the tenth wicket off just 43 deliveries. Stuart Broad got himself a five-wicket haul but conceded 109 from 17.1 overs – the costliest economy for someone who has picked up five wickets in a Test innings.
Adam Lyth helped himself to a maiden Test century while Alastair Cook was batting like he looked good for his third successive 100 in Test match cricket. And then Cook was dismissed for 75, England lost another four in a hurry. Gary Ballance, Joe Root and Ben Stokes perished quickly too and England ended 97 away with five wickets standing.
It’s interesting to see that New Zealand are still a distant 3/1 to win this Test to England’s 1/1 which given the circumstances are excellent odds for them. England are going to bat fourth in the innings and there’s every chance that those New Zealand odds will drop on day three.
Day Two Preview:
It was an interesting first day where fortunes fluctuated regularly between the two teams. By the end of a rain-hit day, New Zealand had raced off to 297 but lost eight wickets in the process. It must be said though they were two for two at one stage with James Anderson having picked up both the wickets and gone up to more than 400 Test wickets.
There are two interesting factors to add here. One, rain is predicted over the next few days so much like the first day when only 65 overs were possible, more overs could be lost. And secondly, New Zealand have batted at a break-neck pace. What that means is a result can still be forced.
Bet365 has England at 6/5, favourites to win this game but I would say that’s too short to be going for. This pitch could continue swinging the way it has so far and the New Zealand bowlers might be a handful on it. If New Zealand can get to 350 on this pitch, it could well be a par total even if England take a small first innings lead. A draw is at 15/8 while a New Zealand win is a 3/1.
The first Test saw fortunes fluctuate for both teams, through five days of one side being up and then the other and then again the first. The crescendo was reached in the final session of the Test when New Zealand were left to play for a draw but their over-aggressive instincts got the better of them.
England had started off a favourite before the first Test but when they slumped to 30 for four in the first session, it looked like they were in for a struggle. A brilliant middle-order recovery was followed by New Zealand’s superb reply with the bat.
Kane Williamson led the way with his 132, while there were four others who scored fifties for the Kiwis. England ran into trouble yet again when debutant Adam Lyth suffered his second successive failure, Gary Ballance followed up his 1 in the first innings with a duck in the second and Ian Bell fell for 29.
It was Alastair Cook’s second successive century in as many Tests and an amazing counter-assault from the bat of Ben Stokes that took the game away from New Zealand. Not only did England did go on to take a lead of 344, they also did that in double-quick time. This was thanks to Stokes’ 101 from just 92 deliveries.
New Zealand didn’t have much time to chase down the target but when they lost two wickets without a run on the board, they were left to defend rather than play their natural game. In the end, Stokes and Stuart Broad grabbed three wickets each and New Zealand fell 124 runs short with about 10 overs remaining.
With so much that had gone by throughout the build-up to the first Test, it’s only natural for Cook to feel a huge load has been lifted from his shoulders. There will be confidence in their stride going into the Leeds game and a win there will mean a lot in the lead-up to the Ashes.
New Zealand have been hit by injury concerns to BJ Watling and Corey Anderson. The pair, who was involved in an attempt to save the Test on the final day. Watling suffered bruising above his knee while stopping a ball and required Tom Latham to take up the gloves, while Anderson has a back problem and wasn’t able to bowl much because of that.
Joe Root (England):
Between Cook’s superb century and Stokes’ excellent all-round performance, it would be easy to forget Joe Root’s near-centuries in both the innings. His 98 laid the foundation for an English comeback in the first innings and he followed it up with an 84 in the second. New Zealand will need to find ways of getting the better of him early.
Kane Williamson (New Zealand):
Williamson has become one of the biggest names in cricket today and that’s because of his classy and consistent batting in all formats of the game. In the first Test he hit a 132 and was upset to have not converted that into something bigger. Expecting him to get another big one from his number three spot.
England v New Zealand head to head:
It’s 48-8 in favour of England from the 100 Tests the two sides have played against each other. The last time they played at Leeds, England won by 247 runs.
Match starts at 11 am local time (10 am GMT) on May 29.