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Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: England vs New Zealand 2021 - 2nd Test

England's Joe Root
England's Joe Root

The 2nd Test of the two-match series between England and New Zealand will be played at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

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After the opening test at Lord's which promised a lot before ending in a low-key draw, the teams now move to Edgbaston for the second and the last match of the series.

The average score in the first innings at the venue is 307 and stands at 399 in the 2nd innings. The score further drops to 247 in the third innings and 156 in the fourth innings. This suggests that the bowlers will have a much bigger role to play at Birmingham and first innings runs will be crucial.

England are expected to make a couple of changes, bringing in Craig Overton in place of the suspended Ollie Robinson.

Craig Overton has been the best bowler for Somerset in the ongoing County Championship and has picked up 36 wickets while bowling at an average of 12 and an economy rate of 2.16. The bowling all-rounder can also hold his own with bat in hand.

Jack Leach is expected to replace either James Anderson or Stuart Broad to provide versatility to the England bowling line up. Olly Stone might replace Mark Wood to allow the latter some rest.

New Zealand are likely to bring in Trent Boult and rest Tim Southee to keep both bowlers fresh before the upcoming World Test Championship final against India.

New Zealand coach Gary Stead confirmed that the team is likely to go in with a spinner. If Mitchell Santner is not completely fit, Ajaz Patel might get a look in.

Let's have a look at the probable playing XIs:

England - Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (c), Daniel Lawrence, Ollie Pope, James Bracey (wk), Craig Overton, Olly Stone/Mark Wood, James Anderson/Stuart Broad, Jack Leach

New Zealand - Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner/Ajaz Patel, Kyle Jamieson, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay

Who will win the toss? - New Zealand

Who will win? – New Zealand

Top Batter (Runs Scored) – Joe Root (England), Kane Williamson (New Zealand)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Stuart Broad (England), Kyle Jamieson (New Zealand)

Most Sixes – Oliie Pope (England), Colin de Grandhomme (New Zealand)

Player of the Match –  Kane Williamson

Team Scores Batting first – England 270+, New Zealand 320+

Match Handicap New Zealand

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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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