New Zealand have gotten off to a flying start at the 2015 Cricket World Cup, but that will face arguably the toughest test of their campaign to date when they face England in Wellington on Friday.
New Zealand were far too strong for Sri Lanka in their World Cup opener and their bowlers did the job for them against Scotland, but their batsman were far from convincing and stumbled their way to a three wicket victory.
England started their opening World Cup clash with Australia with promise and had the hosts restricted to 3-70, but they let the Aussies off the hook and their bowling in the final stages was extremely poor.
Their batsman were never able to form any consistent partnerships and they were heading for one of their biggest defeats in World Cup history before James Taylor added some respectability to the score with a most impressive innings.
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Bookmakers are confident that New Zealand can continue their winning start to the World Cup and have the Black Caps at a short quote of $1.50, but this appears to be far too short a price for the in-form side.
The game against Scotland showed that the New Zealand batting line-up can be very vulnerable if Brendan McCallum or Kane Williamson don’t make runs and on their day the English fast-bowling foursome of Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Chris Woakes and Steve Finn can be very dangerous.
The weather report for Wellington on Friday is not particularly positive and if the game is played in bowler friendly conditions then England offer outstanding value at their current quote of $2.60 with Ladbrokes.com.au.
There is not a great deal of value in the additional markets that are available for the New Zealand versus England World Cup clash, but one market that does appear to give punters an edge is the English top wicket taker.
Stuart Broad bowled well without a great deal of luck against Australia and the $4.25 on offer for him to finish the game as the leading wicket taker for England is well worth a bet, while once again the $1.87 on offer for out-of-form English captain Eoin Morgan is also big overs.
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