Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: England vs New Zealand 2021 - 1st Test
The 1st Test of the two-match series between England and New Zealand will be played at Lord's, London.
New Zealand will have either Tom Blundell or Will Young opening the batting with Tom Latham. Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls and BJ Watling will feature in the middle order.
One between Darryl Mitchell and Colin De Grandhomme is likely to play. Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner will be their three pacers.
This is the first time that head coach Chris Silverwood independently picked an England squad after Ed Smith got the boot. Silverwood stated that he wanted to be in a position where no English player would be making his debut in the upcoming Ashes so that the team has several options waiting in the wings for the marquee series.
The new faces have enough first class experience to not feel like a fish out of water if they were to get a game in the first test against New Zealand. Bracey and Robinson look set for a debut.
There were no real surprises when England announced their 15-member squad for the two-match test series against New Zealand with several of their first-choice players missing.
Multi-format players like Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes had to undergo a 10-day hotel quarantine in England upon landing in the country after the suspension of IPL 2021 and were not considered for selection.
Dominic Sibley, Rory Burns and Zak Crawley are likely to retain their spot at the top of the order. James Bracey will be the team's wicketkeeper after a freak injury to Ben Foakes. Stuart Broad is likely to be preferred over Anderson on county form while Mark Wood will get the nod ahead of Olly Stone.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
England - Dominic Sibley, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (c), Ollie Pope, James Bracey (wk), Daniel Lawrence, Ollie Robinson, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, Mark Wood
New Zealand - Tom Blundell/Will Young, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Darryl Mitchell/Colin De Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - England
Who will win? – England
Top Batter (Runs Scored) – Zak Crawley (England), Kane Williamson (New Zealand)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Stuart Broad (England), Kyle Jamieson (New Zealand)
Most Sixes – Oliie Pope (England), Tom Latham (New Zealand)
Player of the Match – Stuart Broad
Team Scores Batting first – England 300+, New Zealand 270+
Match Handicap England
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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