England’s young side produced a thrilling performance on Tuesday to win the first ODI. On friday, the teams meet in South London for the second game of a five match series


Trent Boult Top New Zealand bowler at 5/2 Coral

Of course with new regulations, bigger bats, smaller boundaries and aggressive strategies the ODI game worldwide has changed substantially. There have been 16 ODI scores of 400 all time – and five of them have been in 2015 alone. To see England take advantage of a wonderful pitch at Edgbaston and score 408 with Root and Buttler scoring hundreds was terrific, just a shame they appear to have caught up with the modern game several months after the World Cup! 14 sixes was an England record in an ODI innings and undeniably the team is full of attacking batting talent

Conditions at the Kia Oval on friday are likely to be equally inviting for batsman, it is one of the best pitches in the country. It remains to be seen if England will have the advantage of first use of the conditions asin Birmingham and New Zealand remain a formidable side, equally as capable of compiling a big score if given the opportunity and creating scoreboard pressure of their own for the second innings.

Prices for the game, outright are New Zealand 8/11 England 6/5. Whilst Egland have shortened from around 6/4 for the first game, it is not the huge move I would have been hoping for to make New Zealand great value

Instead a look at a sub-market, for Top New Zealand bowler

the bowling line up for the first game was

Mcclenaghan (who hasn’t shown much form in 2015)
Henry ( lacks odi experience)
Santner (a young spinner)
nathan mccullum (veteran spinner)

The absence of southee (who can take wickets in clusters) definitely reduced New Zealand’s bowling depth and very much tilts this market towards Trent Boult

His World Cup efforts saw him joint-highest wicket taker (22) and in the recent test series he took 13 wickets, henry and southee took 8. This confirms what we already knew. In England, where it swings, he can be deadly with the red ball. With the white ball though he is by far the most experienced New Zealander on show, bowls the first overs and normally at the death when wickets can tumble

In the first game he was through his ten overs early, and took 4-55, two wickets more than any other bowler, all of whom struggled to contain the batsmen

For the second ODI Coral price Boult at 5/2 with Southee, for whom it is uncertain whether he will be fit, at 3-1. Boult in this line up should be shorter as by far the most reliable wuicket taker on show


Trent Boult Top New Zealand bowler at 5/2 Coral