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England need return to winning ways

England need return to winning ways


Having lost the first match of five in Hamilton, England can scarcely afford to be beaten in the second ODI against New Zealand at Mount Maunganui on Wednesday.

The first day/night one-dayer at the venue will offer something of an unknown for both sides, with early impressions suggesting that the pitch could offer some assistance for the quicks on display.

Both have decent options in that area, but the partnership of Trent Boult and Tim Southee could hold sway for the hosts, with the former 11/4 to be top team bowler, while the latter offers a touch more value at 7/2.

For England Mark Wood is set to miss out again due to ankle problems, leaving a big responsibility on the shoulders of Chris Woakes, who took 2-47 in Hamilton but was unable to stave off defeat in the final over.

He is 33/10 to be top England bowler, while the highly promising Tom Curran could be a decent option at 9/2 if the white ball swings under the floodlights.

Should spin come into the mix, Mitch Santner at 7/2 to be top NZ bowler is the best option, with the left-armer having impressed with both bat and ball in Hamilton.

With the bat, the Black Caps could have a major headache, as skipper Kane Williamson looks set to miss the match due to a hamstring strain.

Ross Taylor is ready to fill the gap and is bang in form after making a superb century in the first ODI, however, Tom Latham also impressed in Hamilton in making 79 and at 6/1 to be top team batsman he offers plenty of value.

For the tourists Joe Root was fluent in the opening one-dayer, making 71 in a losing cause, with the England Test captain standing in fifth place in terms of average of batsmen who have played more than 100 ODIs.

He is a little skinny perhaps at 3/1 to be top team batsman, so Jos Buttler may just tempt you in at 6/1, especially as he was England top-scorer in Hamilton.

On the overall front the Black Caps are somewhat surprisingly not the favourites, despite having won nine one-dayers in a row and having home conditions to work in.

England are 20/29 to level the series at 1-1, while 21/20 for the Kiwis to surge into a 2-0 lead with three games to play is definitely worth serious consideration.

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Adrian Mills Adrian has enjoyed a journalistic career spanning over three decades, with cricket his specialised topic. He also has a wealth of knowledge on football, golf and tennis and has the stats to back up his betting advice.