England would aim for a series whitewash when they face New Zealand in the third and final Test from Thursday, June 23 at the Headingley in Leeds. England, under their new captain Ben Stokes have won both the matches in some fashion. In the first Test, Joe Root's heroics saw the host win by five wickets after chasing a 277-run target. In the second Test, Jonny Bairstow slammed 92-ball 136 as England chased down a 299-run target in just 50 overs on Day 5 in Nottingham.
New Zealand have now lost three consecutive Test matches and are on the verge of losing their first Test series in England since 2013. England, on the other hand, have already won a Test series - their first since beating Sri Lanka 2-0 in January 2021. England last won a Test series against New Zealand in 2008.
As we gear up for the third and final Test, I have brought you the best three betting tips from the ENG vs NZ 3rd Test Day 1 head-to-head encounter.
Mentioned below is the top team bet from the ENG vs NZ 3rd Test Day 1 head-to-head contest.
England look unstoppable at the moment, winning both their matches in style against Test champions New Zealand. The captain-coach duo of Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum have started their stint with a bang. The top-order looks settled all of a sudden, and the middle-order is performing brilliantly. Alex Lees scored a fifty in the first innings of the second Test, Ollie Pope scored a hundred and Joe Root came up with another brilliant knock of 239-ball 145. In the second innings, chasing 299 in the final two seasons, Jonny Bairstow scored 92 off 136 balls as England won the match by five wickets. Ben Stokes also chipped in with 75 off 70. Daryl Mitchell has been the standout performer for New Zealand with 373 runs (highest by any batsman in the series) and Tom Blundell (240) has also done well for the visitors, however others have failed to do the same. In the bowling department, Trent Boult is the leading wicket-taker with 12 wickets, but the England trio of James Anderson (11), Stuart Broad (9) and Matthew Potts (9) have bowled well in tandem.
New Zealand have also been plagued with injuries and Covid-19 cases in their camp. Captain Kane Williamson could score only 2 and 15 in the first match before missing the second match due to Covid-19. Henry Nicholls missed the first Test due to the same reason. Kyle Jamieson is the next most successful batsman with six wickets in his kitty. New Zealand have now won only one of their last five Test matches against England. Overall, England and New Zealand have played 109 Test matches against each other. England have won 50 times, while New Zealand 12. The Blackcaps have failed to find momentum in the tournament and in the last few months, and the trend looks to continue in the third Test match which they will be playing for pride. If you feel the same, head over to Pari Match to grab the best odds of 1.45 and place your bet on England to win from the ENG vs NZ 3rd Test Day 1 head-to-head encounter.
Kane Williamson and Daryl Mitchell are my top two player betting tips for the ENG vs NZ third Test Day 1. Have a look at it for reaping the best returns.
In the tour match against the FCC XI, Kane Williamson came to bat in the second innings and got out on a golden duck. The New Zealand captain and third ranked Test batsman in the world, ahead of the series, hadn't played a Test match since featuring in the Kanpur Test against India in November 2021. Batting in the first Test match against England at the Lord's, Kane Williamson was expected to make a roaring comeback in the red-ball cricket, however he went back to the pavilion after scoring just two runs. His 22-ball struggle was brought to an end by England debutant Matty Potts. He failed to impress in the second innings as well, scoring just 15 runs. There was another disruption in his Test match outings when Covid-19 ruled him out of the second Test. With England trailing 2-0 in the 3-match series, Kane Williamson will enter the third match under a lot of pressure and scoring won't at all be easy for him.
Kane Williamson has played 13 matches against England and scored 774 runs including three hundreds, at an average of 36.85. His last four innings against the Three Lions are - 15, 2, 1 and 13. In England he averages a lowly 23.16 in six matches in which he has scored 278 runs. Kane Williamson last played at the Headingley in 2015. He was out for a duck in the first innings and could manage six runs in the second innings. In his other outing at the venue in 2013, he scored 13 and 3 runs. Overall, Kane Williamson has scored 7289 Test runs at an average of 52.81 in 87 Test matches. All said, Williamson might find it hard to get going in the third Test against England. If you feel the same, proceed to Pari Match and bet on Kane Williamson from the ENG vs NZ 3rd Test Day 1 head-to-head encounter.
Daryl Mitchell is the leading run-scorer in the ongoing 3-match series. He has scored 373 runs at an average of 124.33. He has hit as many as two hundreds and one fifty in the four innings so far. The highlight of Mitchell's innings has been the time at which they have come. In the first Test, the 31-year-old scored 108 runs in the second innings. New Zealand were bowled out for 132 in the first innings and were reeling at 56/4 in the second. In the second Test, the right-hander struck a brilliant 190 which helped New Zealand post a massive 553 run total in the second innings. New Zealand at one stage were four down for 169. Daryl Mitchell top-scored for New Zealand in the second innings with 62 not out off 131 balls. He ran out of partners as New Zealand were bundled out for 284 before losing the match by five wickets again. Daryl Mitchell has shown intent throughout the series and the third match will not be any different.
Overall, Daryl Mitchell has played 11 Test matches and scored 776 runs at an average of 59.69. He has four hundreds and three fifties to his name in the format. He has looked comfortable against the likes of Anderson, Broad and Potts and that further increased the chance of him scoring high again. If you feel the same, proceed to Pari Match and keep an eye on Daryl Mitchell from the ENG vs NZ 3rd Test Day 1 head-to-head encounter.
England to win @ 1.45 (Pari Match)
Kane Williamson to score low
Daryl Mitchell to score high
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