After one of the most thrilling Ashes series, team England will be hosting another arch-rival New Zealand for a 5-match T20 and ODI series. It is an opportunity for both teams to prepare themselves for the upcoming ODI World Cup and remain confident for the tournament.
England will be confident enough for a positive start after a break of a month from international cricket. Cricket betting sites have odds for this particular series.
New Zealand will be travelling from UAE to England after scoring a 2-1 series win against UAE in the T20 format.
Both teams to start with a dot ball
The betting tip is...
England to score over 42.5 in first session
The highlight of the whole series will be the return of Ben Stokes in the ODI format. He has come out of retirement from the ODI format and will be a crucial part of the team. For the first T20, Dawid Malan and Jos Buttler will be opening the match with Jonny Bairstow in the third spot.
The middle order will be led by Liam Livingstone and Harry Brook. Sam Curran is struggling to score runs with his bat but he will be in the spotlight as an allrounder. The bowling attack will be led by Chris Jordan and Adil Rashid. Gus Atkinson is expected to make his debut for England as Josh Turner has been ruled out because of an injury.
Josh Turner’s injury has come out as bad news for the team and his absence will leave a major void in the squad.
Predicted Lineup: Jos Butler (c), David Malan, Sam Curran, Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Luke Wood, Jonny Bairstow (wk).
Under the captaincy of Tim Southee, New Zealand has won 7 T20 fixtures out of 14 they have played. The team will be expected to start their T20 campaign on a positive note against England. Tim Seifert and Fin Allen are expected to start the match for the Kiwis with Devon Conway in the third spot.
New Zealand’s strength majorly lies in its middle order Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Daryl Mitchell, and James Nisham. Skipper Tim Southee will be leading the bowling attack with Kyle Jamieson and Lockie Ferguson with Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi in the spin attack.
Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, and Kyle Jamieson are the key players for New Zealand.
Predicted Lineup: Tim Seifert (wk), Tim Southee (C), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Kyle Jamieson, Mark Chapman, Daryl Mitchell, Fin Allen, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, and Lockie Ferguson
As compared to England, New Zealand has been part of more T20s this year but they have shown inconsistency in the format. England, on the other hand, has not won a single T20i since their win in the World Cup final last year.
However, the hosts have an advantage of home pitch and we predict a win for England on Wednesday.