New Zealand v England - Test Series Betting Preview

New Zealand v England Test Series – Spreads and Odds Preview

England will bid to pile even more misery upon New Zealand when the teams face off in two eagerly anticipated Test matches this month. Ben Stokes’ heroics inspired England’s ODI team to a pulsating victory over the Black Caps in the World Cup final at Lord’s this summer. England’s rugby team then defied the odds to beat the All Blacks in the World Cup semi-finals last month.

To rub further salt into the wounds, England have just wrapped up a 3-2 T20 series victory over New Zealand courtesy of a Super Over triumph in the final match in Auckland. Now the Black Caps will aim to finally end England’s sporting dominance over their nation and gain a fragment of revenge for that heartbreaking World Cup final defeat. Yet England have sent a strong squad to New Zealand for this two-Test series and they will be equally keen to triumph following a slightly underwhelming Ashes campaign.

What Sort of Form are England and New Zealand in Right Now?

It has been an extremely exciting year for England’s Barmy Army as a home Ashes series came hot on the heels of that World Cup triumph. It began in gloomy fashion, as Australia picked up a 251-run triumph at Edgbaston in the opener. The second Test ended in a rain-affected draw, before more heroics from Ben Stokes handed the hosts a spine-tingling victory at Headingley. Steve Smith returned to the side to lead Australia to a thumping win in the fourth Test, ensuring the Aussies retained the Ashes, but England ended on a positive note by winning the fifth Test and securing a 2-2 draw in the series.

The T20 side has just enjoyed a strong tour of New Zealand. The series was delicately poised at 2-2 as they went into the final match in Auckland, and it finished in yet another draw before England won the Super Over by nine runs. It provided a sickening sense of déjà vu for New Zealand fans, who watched their ODI side draw with England in the World Cup final before suffering a narrow Super Over defeat. They were exceptionally unlucky in that match, but they conducted themselves with impressive dignity despite failing to lift the trophy.

The Black Caps’ Test team returned to action in August, when they welcomed Sri Lanka to New Zealand. The visitors won the first Test by six wickets, but New Zealand secured an emphatic innings and 650-run triumph to level the series at 1-1. It went down to the third Test as a decider, and New Zealand ended up clinching the win with just three balls left. They then beat Sri Lanka 2-1 in a T20 series before that narrow defeat against the English. They have not lost a Test series since March 2017.

What is The Head-To-Head Record Between New Zealand & England?

New Zealand have played England more times than any other opponent in their history. These teams have faced one another 102 times in Test cricket, and the Black Caps have secured just 10 victories in that time. England have won 48 and there have been 44 draws. That amounts to a win percentage of just 8.88% for New Zealand, their worst record against any team.

The first Test between these sides took place in January 1930 and their last meeting was in April 2018. That finished in a draw, although New Zealand surged to a heavy victory in the previous Test and won the series 1-0. England’s last win against the Black Caps came at Lord’s in 2015, when a knock of 162 from Alastair Cook proved decisive. England last won a Test series against New Zealand in 2013.

How Strong is the England Squad for This Series?

England named four uncapped players for this series: Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Matthew Parkinson and Saqib Mahmood. Sibley was the leading run-scorer in the County Championship this year, while the other three have all impressed. Jonny Bairstow was the major casualty as he was dropped following a poor Ashes series, but he has now been kept in reserve following an injury to Joe Denly. Leading fast bowler James Anderson remains injured, but Jofra Archer and Stuart Broad both feature along with big hitters Stokes, Jos Buttler, Rory Burns and Ollie Pope. Questions are being asked of Joe Root’s captaincy after the Ashes, and he will be desperate for a strong showing in this series.

Who are New Zealand’s Most Dangerous Players?

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson is ranked the third best batsman in the world after Smith and India’s Virat Kohli. He missed the T20 series through injury, but he is fit to lead his team out in the opening Test at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on 20 November. Lockie Ferguson is also in line to make his debut for New Zealand after gaining a call up. The 28-year-old is blessed with ferocious pace and he was the second highest wicket-taker at the World Cup. Leg-spinner Todd Astle is dangerous, while Trent Boult is another big player for the hosts.

New Zealand v England Odds & Spreads

New Zealand are the narrow favourites at 6/5 to win the opening Test in the cricket odds, England are the slight underdogs at 13/10, while the draw is priced at 4/1.

You can find odds of 10/11 on either team to win the toss or to have the highest opening partnership. Joe Root is the favourite to be England’s top run scorer in the first innings at 43/20, while Rory Burns is 15/4, World Cup hero Ben Stokes is 4/1 and Dom Sibley is 5/1. Archer is the 23/10 favourite to be the tourists’ top wicket-taker in the first innings, followed by Broad at 13/5.

Trent Boult is the 2/1 favourite to be New Zealand’s top first innings wicket-taker, and Kane Williamson is the 2/1 favourite to be the top run scorer.

You can also find plenty of exciting cricket spread betting options for this match. Both teams are priced at 11.25-12.75 in the Win Index market.

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