After the disappointment of a narrow Champions Trophy final defeat to India this weekend, and ahead of the Ashes next month, England take on New Zealand tomorrow in the first of a Two Match T20 series at The Oval in London. It is eccentrically scheduled and sandwiched between higher profile series, with questionable weather likely, but there is some value around….

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New Zealand to win the first T20 match aainst England @11/10 BoyleSports

England are not at full strength. James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Steve Finn and Graeme Swann are all rested and in areas it is an inexperienced squad. Kevin Pietersen is included but is not available until the second game. The England batting line up could be the inconsistent Jade Dernbach, the inexperienced Chris Woakes and the untried Boyd Rankin.

On the batting front for England Morgan, buttler and Bopara play but there could be a weakness at the top of the order where the selectors have persisted with the Nottinghamshire Lumb and Hales combination despite Hales being terribly out of form for his county.

In contrast New Zealand have picked their strongest available squad. Minus Vettori and Southee injured the likes of  Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill play and are likely to be quite a challenge in this format for the England.

Guptill dominated England in the one-day series before the Champions Trophy and also top-scored in the T20 series in New Zealand at the start of the year. Top Champions Trophy wicket taker Mitchell McClenaghan plays in an experienced attack including Kyle Mills.

In the English Winter England beat New Zealand 2-1 away from home in this format but with a full strength side but their T20 record overall is not great, less than a  50% win rate over the last ten games

This of course is a randomising format, by which I mean it is short and subject to a lot of influences. With bad weather around it is generally better to win the toss and bowl for example, in anticipation of a changing target if weather affects play.

That said the holes in the England side compared to New Zealand’s experienced line up, with New Zealand as usual being priced as perennial underdogs makes New Zealand an interesting proposition at odds against in what should be a keenly contest couple of games

For those looking for a bigger priced selection, whilst the series is likely to be drawn 1-1 and markets back that up 7-2 New Zealand to win 2-0 with BetVictor is far more interesting than just over Even money England to win 2-0.

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New Zealand to win the first T20 match aainst England @11/10 BoyleSports