World Cup Cricket Betting Match 41: England v New Zealand

Ed Hawkins

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 1:42 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jul. 2, 2019 1:42 PM UTC

Ed Hawkins (@cricketbetting) says England seem to have found their confidence again just in time.
<div><h2><strong>England v New Zealand</strong></h2><p><a href="" target="_blank" title="England vs New Zealand"><strong>10:30 AM - Wednesday 3<sup>rd</sup>, July 2019</strong></a></p><p>This is essentially a quarter-final for England, who appear to be full of confidence after a vital victory over India at Edgbaston.</p><p>It was much-needed. As tournament hosts they were beginning to flag after defeats by Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia had put their progression in jeopardy. But they looked a different side against the team that replaced them as World Cup favourites.</p><p>The key was Jason Roy, who returned to the XI after a hamstring injury. His positive, gung-ho attitude from ball one in the opening berth meant England rediscovered their mojo. And partner Jonny Bairstow found his vim and vigour. England are back.</p><p>Suddenly, this clash doesn’t look so nerve-wracking. While England were getting over their wobble, New Zealand were having theirs. After a strong start to the competition they have badly lost their way – as we predicted.</p><p><a href=";a=615e7c38-c0fe-485b-9b38-e2a564caf4c9&amp;f=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="height:38px;width:100%" /></a></p><p>We identified a weakness in their middle order in the shape of Tom Latham at No 5. Latham can’t buy a run. It means there is a lack of confidence in the men ahead of him.</p><p>Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor, two big players, have lost their form and the pressure is huge on Kane Williamson who has, essentially, been beating teams on his own with the bat. He needs support and doesn’t seem likely to get it.</p><p>There is nothing wrong with their bowling unit and it is true that the likes of Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson will probably provide England their sternest test yet at a Riverside ground which might offer more for the bowlers.</p><p>But we see the Kiwis struggling first up, too, if the ball does something.</p><p>The 4/9 (1.44) that <a href=";a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker">Betfair</a>, BetVictor, <a href=";a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Get in the game with Betway">Betway</a>, <a href=";a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Place your bets with Coral">Coral</a>, <a href=";a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Well rated bookmaker">Ladbrokes</a>, <a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Place your bets with Paddy Power">Paddy Power</a> and <a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Bookmaker">William Hill </a>offer about England is what we would expect. The Kiwis are 2/1 (3.0) with <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker">Bet365</a> and <a href=";a=1ba923f3-5341-4bda-b457-0138ac61ae7a&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Place your bets with Betfred">Betfred</a>.</p><p>For tops bets, we will give one last shout out for Taylor to come good for top Kiwi bat. He’s been pushed out top 9/2 recently when, on two-year data, he should be jolly.</p><p>We are concerned that things aren’t going for him so we find ourselves in a battle with what the data is telling us and what we are seeing with our own eyes. The price lift is a comfort rug, though.</p><p><strong>Best Tips for the Match</strong></p><ul> <li>Back Ross Taylor top NZ bat 9/2 or better</li></ul></div>
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