- New Zealand v England Test Match series, second game (of two)
- Friday February 24 - Tuesday February 28, 2022 (10pm UK, Thursday 23)
- The Basin Reserve, Wellington
New Zealand v England First Test Betting Tips
How can you back against England at present? Their current run of form, winning 10 of their last 11 Test Matches, is the standout reason.
But you also have to look at how they are doing it. The attacking, swashbuckling approach is just overwhelming opponents left, right and centre.
No doubt, they will come a cropper at some point. I suspect it may happen at some point during this summer’s Ashes series. But I would be surprised if it is at the iconic Basin Reserve.
With that in mind, I would be taking SBK’s best price of 17/12 (2.42) on an England victory.
Ladbrokes offer a number of intriguing player prices
If you head over to Ladbrokes, there are a trio of punts that have caught my eye - one a price boost and another a combination. The first is their price-boosted 2/1 on Harry Brook to score a first-innings fifty. In eight Test innings, the 23-year-old has notched three centuries and three fifties, including 89 and 54 in the first Test.
He is fast rivalling Joe Root for the tag of England’s best batter. A big call? Yes. But number five Brook really is that good.
Talking of Root, he has gone seven Tests without making a century. But he looked good for his second-innings 57 at Mount Maunganui.
I think he may just end that run in the second Test, and he is 9/2 to score a first-innings century.
The other is a 5/1 shot on a trio of outcomes in the first innings. The first is for Root to score a fifty, the second is for wicketkeeper Ben Foakes to take two catches and the third is for Jimmy Anderson to take three or more wickets.
Anderson’s was the only one to land in the first innings of the first Test, but Root scored that aforementioned second-innings fifty, while Foakes claimed two catches.
Kane is able - stick with him
In the first Test, I suggested Kane Williamson as New Zealand’s top first-innings run-scorer, which didn’t eventuate courtesy of a score of six. He also followed that with a second-innings duck.
But I will refer you back to his excellent form prior to last week. In 10 previous innings, dating back to November, he posted scores of 61, 94 not out, nought not out, 200 not out, 36, 41, 26, 85, 53 and 43 in all cricket.
That leads me to believe that he can bounce back from a forgettable opening Test and secure Betfair’s price boosted 3/1 on him to be New Zealand’s top first-innings batter.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.
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