England v New Zealand betting tips: Can Kiwis cope without Williamson?
Preview and odds for the second Test
New Zealand underlined their credentials as one of the best Test sides in the world by dominating England throughout the drawn series opener at Lord’s.
Had it not been for rain wiping out the third day, Joe Root’s side would likely have faced a much tougher task in batting out to save the match.
As the teams head to Edgbaston for the second and final game of the series, there had been little to separate them in the match odds but England’s price has been cut after Kane Williamson was ruled out for the tourists.
England are now 10/11 to win, New Zealand are 15/8 to seal a famous victory while another draw is 4/1 as we look at some potential England v New Zealand betting tips for the second Test, which begins on Thursday.
Will Young be on song?
Williamson will not be risked by New Zealand as he manages a tendon injury in his left elbow ahead of the forthcoming World Test Championship final.
Will Young will come in to the side in his place, having spent the early part of the season as Durham’s overseas professional. He enjoyed a profitable time while acclimatising to English conditions at the Emirates Riverside, scoring back-to-back centuries against Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the County Championship.
Southee showed swing credentials
Tim Southee played a starring role for New Zealand at Lord’s, claiming match figures of seven for 80 and leading an attack which had England’s batsmen up against it.
Only Rory Burns saw off the tourists’ battery of seamers and only four England batsmen made double figures in the first innings.
Southee is 5/2 to be New Zealand’s highest first innings wicket-taker and the tourists are evens to take a first-innings lead once again.
England’s leading seamers James Anderson and Stuart Broad were outdone by debutant Ollie Robinson at Lord’s. One of England’s all-time greats to take 5+ first-innings wickets is priced at 3/1.
England in a spin
England coach Chris Silverwood opted not to pick a spinner for the series opener at Lord’s, with the absence of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer causing issues in the balance of England’s attack.
Jack Leach was left on the sidelines but will hope to come back into contention for the second Test and build on an impressive winter series in India.
Leach claimed 18 wickets across four Tests in India, cementing his place as the leading spinner. The Somerset man is 9/2 to be England’s leading first-innings wicket taker.
Ollie Robinson’s suspension for the second Test could hand an opportunity to paceman Craig Overton.
Overton has forced his way into contention for a first Test appearance since 2019 by taking 36 wickets in just six County Championship matches this season.
He is 10/1 to take a first-innings five-wicket haul.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication