World Cup Betting: New Zealand always a fancy

Ed Hawkins

Saturday, April 20, 2019 10:11 PM UTC

Saturday, Apr. 20, 2019 10:11 PM UTC

Ed Hawkins (@cricketbetting) runs the rule over the Kiwis who are always a popular wager for tournaments

<p>New Zealand, runners-up four years ago, will hope to go one better this time around. A firm favourite for punters because they often go deep into tournaments at deeper prices, they were the first team to name their squad.</p><p>Like <a href="" target="_blank">South Africa</a>, they didn’t have much to discuss. They have a small group of highly competitive players but they lack strength in depth. Still, they may only need 12 or 13 to perform this summer and the XI they get onto the field will give any team a serious scare.</p><p>For a start, New Zealand are <a href="" target="_blank">the closest match to favourites England</a> in terms of runscoring. The Kiwis are second to the hosts for the speed with which they score their runs over the last 12 months. And arguably they have a more attractive wicket-taking bowling unit with Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson a dangerous new-ball pair. Matt Henry is another gun performer and he is almost always underrated on the top bowler market.</p><p>The issue New Zealand may have is a sixth bowler. With Boult, Ferguson, Tim Southee, Jimmy Neesham and Mitchell Santner the likely five main bowlers, they could be in trouble if they need to lean on the likes of Colin de Grandhomme or Kane Williamson for extra overs.</p><p>New Zealand make great bread. That is to say that at the top (their batting) and the bottom (their bowling) they are as good as any team in the world. It’s the filling which is the problem. They probably don’t have the quality at Nos 7 and 8 to win them the title.</p><p>Maybe they won’t need those positions to perform. Ross Taylor is in the form of his life, Williamson is Mr Reliable and Tom Latham a real talent. Neesham is a terrific hitter who could win close finishers at No 6. We just don’t rate De Grandhomme and Santner for late runs at Nos 7 and 8.</p><p>Of course all this is reflected in their price. They are best at 10/1 (11.0) (<a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank">Bet365</a>, <a href=";a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6" target="_blank">Betfair</a>, <a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356" target="_blank">Paddy Power</a>), which makes them fourth favourites.</p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>New Zealand squad Kane Williamson (capt), Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wkt), Colin Munro, Tom Blundell, Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult</strong></p>
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