England v New Zealand betting tips: Hosts hope to complete clean sweep
England v New Zealand betting tips, odds and preview
England arrive at Headingley on the crest of a wave as they seek to secure a series whitewash against New Zealand.
Jonny Bairstow’s blistering century sealed a pulsating five-wicket win last week at Trent Bridge in chasing down 299.
A 3-0 win is up for grabs as we pick out some England v New Zealand betting tips for the third Test, which begins on Thursday and is live on Sky Sports.
England out to seal clean sweep
Brendon McCullum’s tenure as Test coach and Ben Stokes’ as captain could hardly have got off to a better start, with two swashbuckling wins at Lord’s and Trent Bridge getting their new era off to a flyer.
A win at Headingley would secure an impressive 3-0 series win against the World Test Championship holders, who won in England 12 months ago. England are evens to get that win.
But Headingley has not been a happy hunting ground for England over the last decade. Despite winning their last three Tests in Yorkshire, including Stokes’ memorable 2019 Ashes heroics, England have lost four of their last 10 Tests at Headingley.
New Zealand were victorious in Yorkshire in 2015 and are 3/1 to make the scoreline respectable in the series with a win this week, while the draw has been cut to 2/1 due to the possibility of rain delays, most notably on Friday.
Joe Root v Daryl Mitchell
England’s most dependable performer Joe Root has shown no ill-effects from giving up the captaincy, continuing his remarkable run-scoring over the last couple of years with back-to-back centuries at Lord’s and Trent Bridge.
The 31-year-old has returned to the top of the Test batting rankings as a result and 5/2 for him to score his third century of the series in the first innings on his home ground is worth considering for England v New Zealand betting tips.
But Root is not the top run scorer in the series, with New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell (above) enjoying an astonishing tour having hit two centuries and a fifty in amassing 373 runs in the two Tests.
Black Caps in disarray
It is fair to say it has been a tough tour for New Zealand. The Black Caps have been hit by positive Covid tests from the start of their trip and continue to be so.
Captain Kane Williamson missed the Trent Bridge Test, with Michael Bracewell and Devon Conway also subsequently testing positive.
Injuries have also hit the squad, with Colin De Grandhomme pulling up during the first Test and Kyle Jamieson during the second, leaving their bowling ranks somewhat depleted.
Pace bowler Blair Tickner has been called into the squad, along with back-up wicketkeeper Dane Cleaver.
Both are expected to miss out, with Neil Wagner likely to make his first appearance of the tour. The experienced left-arm seamer has enjoyed several successful stints in county cricket and has claimed 14 wickets in his four Tests in England.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication