Can England make a comeback to the series against New Zealand or will they wither away in the fourth ODI? Get the England v New Zealand 4th ODI betting tips here.
In a stunning result, England chased down the 350 that was set up for them for a win in just 44 overs to win the fourth ODI. Joe Root and Eoin Morgan hammered centuries after Alex Hales had provided them with the cracking start they needed in their chase. Earlier Kane Williamson made 90 for New Zealand.
Story so far:
Southampton saw England’s worst performance of the series so far and as Eoin Morgan’s men only managed to make a score of 302 in their 50 overs.
However heads won’t entirely be down in the England dressing room as they almost managed a remarkable victory despite being the inferior side for much of the game.
The key man in the fourth game, one England must win to keep the series alive, is Jos Buttler for two reasons.
Firstly, with England’s specialist batsmen now firing he’s the extra ingredient that can push the score up from one the New Zealanders feel comfortable chasing to an intimidating total.
Buttler only got 13 at the Rose Bowl and England sorely missed the kind of devastating innings which has become his trademark.
Secondly there’s his potential shortcomings as a keeper – Buttler dropped a vital catch in the game and if England are to win it will be vital for Buttler to hold on to everything that comes his way. New Zealand’s batsmen do not need a second invitation to put runs on the board.
For the Kiwis, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor are clearly the men who England fear. The pair put on 206 for the third wicket in the second ODI, both making centuries in a stand which was a Kiwi record for the third wicket.
Williamson is arguably the more devastating but Taylor is no slouch and as their most experienced and classical batsman in the top order, he provides the stability for Brendon McCullum’s stroke-makers to bat around.
The importance of the pair was shown by how close Sunday’s game ended up being despite their remarkable partnership – get this pair out and England’s new look bowling attack will fancy their chances of tearing into the New Zealand’s lower order, no matter how quickly they’re capable of scoring.
For England at Trent Bridge on Wednesday the aim is clear – get 350 and put pressure on New Zealand’s key men. For New Zealand it’s stopping England exploding in the second half of their innings and reaching such a total.
Trent Boult has been ruled out of the series for New Zealand while England will be without Liam Plunkett and Chris Jordan because of injury issues.
Players to watch out:
Ben Stokes (England):
With a quick-fire 68 in the last game and a total of four wickets in batting-friendly conditions in the series, Stokes is fast emerging as a viable replacement for Andrew Flintoff. He is probably looking for that one big one and given he’s batting up the order and the fact that England have lost two of their fast bowlers, should give him a chance to get going.
Martin Guptill & Brendon McCullum (New Zealand):
He has had a struggle in the series so far. Three matches, just 74 runs scored with a highest score of 50. With his fellow opener Brendon McCullum (60 runs) struggling to get going as well, there has to be a game where they get going. This could just be that match.
England v New Zealand ODIs head to head:
New Zealand have now improved to 41-34 in their win-loss record against England after having won the third ODI of the series at Southampton. At Trent Bridge in Nottingham, where this game is going to be played, England are 2-0 against New Zealand on head to head.
England v New Zealand 4th ODI betting tips:
New Zealand to win: 8/11
Ben Stokes to be England’s top batsman: 13/2
McCullum or Guptill to be New Zealand’s top batsman: 4/1
Match starts at 2 pm local time (1300 hours GMT) on June 17.