England v New Zealand 1st Test – Betting Tips and Predictions
This could be a lot closer than the odds suggest, especially if England use the match to take a look at a few new faces.
They may have more options than expected given the suspension of the IPL but they could still hand others an opportunity.
New Zealand Offer Value
This will be the first time New Zealand have played at Lord’s since that exceptionally close World Cup final.
However, they are in fine spirits as a Test team at present having won nine of their last 11 Test series.
They are up to second in the world rankings and have a World Test Championship trophy in their sights.
England struggled against India and could also chop and change their line-up.
It means New Zealand’s price of 3.1 with bet365 is far too big given they also possess a bowling attack that should be suited to conditions at Lord’s.
Back Boult to Shine for the Visitors
Trent Boult has an impressive record in English conditions and will relish a return to Lord’s.
The left-arm seamer has 47 wickets to his name in just 19 matches across all formats in England. In Test matches he boasts two five-fors in four matches.
He can get the ball moving with the help of the famous Lord’s slope and looks a good bet in the top New Zealand first innings bowler market.
He is priced at 3.5 with bet365 to be his team’s top wicket-taker.
New Zealand to have Highest Opening Partnership
One big question to come out of that India series for England was the form of their openers.
Dom Sibley, Rory Burns and Zak Crawley all struggled and are under pressure to bounce back.
Sibley might miss this match through injury but Burns and Crawley could be handed more time in the middle.
That lack of form and time as a pairing could be exploited by Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson and Tim Southee here.
Even if Sibley does make it, he is another that has been out of form and will be vulnerable to the ball coming back into him on the Lord’s slope.
New Zealand’s openers, Tom Latham and Tom Blundell, may not have been able to find consistency but they have both had good moments, including their 2nd innings century stand against Pakistan at the start of the year.
Brundell has also enjoyed big runs recently for Wellington. Backing the Black Caps to have the highest opening partnership looks a decent bet at 1.85 with 1xBet.
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