Following New Zealand’s innings win in the first test in Auckland the teams play the second test in Christchurch later this week
England’s hopes in Auckland were over as soon as they were dismissed for 58 on the first day. Kane Williamson’s faultless hundred then ensured that England would have to bat exceptionally to make New Zealand bat again, a task thy fell just short of achieving despite a more concerted effort in the second innings.
That said Three of England’s top six were out to loose attacking shots to short balls in the second innings which was not ideal. In the match 12 wickets fell to New Zealand’s left-arm seamers – the 6th time England have lost 12 or more in a match to left-arm quicks and 6th time NZ left-arm quicks have taken 12+ in a Test (all since 2013) thanks to the skill of Boult and Wagner with the pink ball
The match saw a record equalling 12th match away from home that England have failed to win. The previous bar was set between 1939-1948.
For Christchurch, clearly a quick turn-round for the second test at the end of an 18 week tour for England prices available are
New Zealand 11/10
This is a traditional red ball test at a more traditional venue, Hagley Park is leafy and generally decent for batting. However in the absence of bad weather I still wouldn’t be tempted by the draw such is the lack of “stickability” of England’s batting this winter
New Zealland have won 3 of their last four tests at the venue and a year ago in beating Bangladesh Boult and Southee combined to take 15 wickets.
The most likely outcome here is another New Zealand win, though much as ever depends on Williamson and Taylor with the bat but at odds against 11/10 with Bet365 New Zealand are certainly a backable proposition.