England’s tour of New Zealand continues with a five match ODI series ahead of two Tests to conclude their winter programme

England’s tour of New Zealand continues with a five match ODI series ahead of two Tests to conclude their winter programme

The matches are as follows

Feb 25, Sun Seddon Park, Hamilton
Feb 28, Wed Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
Mar 03, Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Mar 07, Wed University Oval, Dunedin
Mar 10, Sat Hagley Oval, Christchurch

England are 3rd in the ICC ODI rankings, New Zealand 4th and both sides are in great for in the format. On an otherwise disappointing tour England beat Australia 4-1 either side of the New Year whilst in their recent home series New Zealand beat the West Indies 3-0 and Pakistan 5-0 in ODIs

England are a dangerous ODI side, playing a much more aggressive brand of cricket after their debacle in the 2015 world cup. They bat very deep with a number of all rounders lengthening the order and with the one exception of a match winning spinner have talented bowlers with a range of options

New Zealand though are also a fine team able to play ina variety of manners. Guptill and Munro can blast at the top of the order if need be while Williamson and Taylor can accumulate in the middle order. Southee and Boult are experienced quick bowlers and in Mitchell Santner they have one of the fastest developing spinners in the limited overs game

I expect this to be a be very closely fought series between well matched sides, 3-2 either way is my expected result. What may tip the balance in New Zealand’s favour is the punishing schedule England have been on since October with a lot of matches and travel.

My recommendations would be New Zealand to win the series at 10/11 with Skybet and 3-2 correct score at 5/2 with the same firm.