Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - New Zealand v England 2nd Test
The second match of the two-match Test series on the England tour of New Zealand will be played at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.
The squads of both teams are almost at par with each other but the nous of the Kookaburra ball and understanding of the conditions gives New Zealand an edge.
The Blackcaps showed exactly that by first dismissing England for 353 in their first innings and then piling up 615, courtesy of a double century from BJ Watling and maiden Test ton from Mitchell Santner. A Neil Wagner fifer then took New Zealand to victory by an innings and 65 runs.
With only one match remaining in the series, New Zealand have a big advantage going forward. Another batting wicket is expected in Hamilton which will further boost New Zealand's chances. The visitors could have really come to their own with the likes of Jofra Archer, Sam Curran and Stuart Broad had the pitch had some spice in it.
England are not expected to make any changes to their XI.
New Zealand will have to make two forced changes with Trent Bolt ruled out of the second Test due to a side strain. Matt Henry is likely to replace him. Colin de Grandhomme will also not be available. Daryl Mitchell has been called as his replacement and is likely to make the XI.
New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watling has been in tremendous form and has scored 77, 105 and 205 in his last three innings. Watling would be a big threat for the visitors along with Tom Latham and Kane Williamson.
England would expect a few more runs from opener Dominic Sibley and skipper Joe Root, who would be under a lot of pressure after a few failures both as captain and as a batsman.
Not that it would count for much but England have a slight edge as far as the head to head record goes with 48 wins as opposed to New Zealand's 46 out of the 104 Test matches played between two teams.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
New Zealand - Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, BJ Watling, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Matt Henry
England - Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Denly, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win the toss? - New Zealand
Who will win? – New Zealand
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Kane Williamson (New Zealand), Rory Burns (England)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Tim Southee (New Zealand), Jofra Archer (England)
Most Sixes – Tom Latham (New Zealand), Jos Buttler (England)
Player of the Match – Kane Williamson
Team Scores Batting first – New Zealand 375+, England 330+
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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