We had predicted that the first ENG vs NZ Test match at Lord's will be a battle of bowlers but no one expected what happened on Day 1. The 3-Test series between England and New Zealand kicked off Thursday and England were on top after New Zealand won the toss and lost four wickets in the first one hour of the game. James Anderson, who was making his England comeback after getting dropped from the West Indies Tests, took two wickets without leaking a single run in his first four overs. Matty Potts also had a sensational debut as he picked four wickets including that of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson who became his first international scalp. Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes also took a wicket each as the visitors were bundled out for 132 in 40 overs. Colin De Grandhomme top-scored for the team with 42 runs.
Later, England were off to a flying start after their new opening pair Alex Lees (25) and Zak Crawley (43) stitched 59 runs together for the first wicket. But the situation turned quickly in favour of the Kiwis once Joe Root (11) was dismissed. From 92 for three in 28.2 overs, England were reduced to 100 for 7 in 32.5 overs. Lees was trapped in front of the stumps by Tim Southee, Jonny Bairstow was clean bowled by Trent Boult and captain Ben Stokes was Southee's second second scalp in the match. Ben Foakes (6) and Stuart Broad (4) were in the middle when stumps were drawn at the end of Day 1.
As we gear up for the first Test, I have brought you the best three betting tips from the ENG vs NZ 1st Test Day 2 head-to-head encounter.
Mentioned below is the top team bet from the ENG vs NZ 1st Test Day 1 head-to-head contest.
At Stumps on Day 1, hosts England were reeling at 116 for 7 with Ben Foakes and Stuart Broad in the middle. They need another 17 runs to surpass New Zealand's first innings total of 132, and another 44 runs to score over 159.5 runs. Our affiliate partner Pari Match is offering the odds of 1.91 for England to score over 159.5 runs. However, it looks unlikely at the moment.
Before the start of the Test match Foakes had played 11 Test matches to score 506 runs at an average of 28.11. He is playing his first Test match at Lord's. Also, it's his first Test match against New Zealand, who have not lost in England since 2015. The wicketkeeper-batsman carries the first-class average of 39.21 but on Friday he will not have the privilege of settling himself in. His batting partner Stuart Broad has a hundred and 13 fifties to his name in the longest format. The 35-year-old has scored close to 3500 runs in the international red-ball format but scores in his last 10 innings read as - 1*, 0, 8*, 15, 9*, 9, 0, 4, 1, 0. Jack Leach, James Anderson and debutant Matty Potts are the other three batsmen to walk in.
With conditions favouring the bowlers, more so in the first one hour of the day, New Zealand with the help of their high quality pacers in Boult. Southee and Kyle Jamieson are expected to wrap up England under 150 runs in the first innings. Facing six-feet-seven-inch tall Jamieson will be the biggest challenge for England. From his three matches in England he has scalped 12 wickets at a bowling average of 16.16. If you feel the same, head over to Pari Match to grab the best odds of 1.85 and place your bet on New Zealand to score under 159.5 runs in the first innings from the ENG vs NZ 1st Test Day 2 head-to-head encounter.
Stuart Broad and Kane Williamson are my top two player betting tips for the ENG vs NZ 1st Test Day 2. Have a look at it for reaping the best returns.
Stuart Broad was unbeaten on four runs when stumps were drawn on Day 1 of the first Test match at Lord's. We mentioned earlier that the 35-year-old has scored close to 3500 runs from 152 Test matches he has played before this match. Broad's batting average in the format is 18.44 and he has a hundred and 13 Test fifties to his name.
However, his average drops against New Zealand. Stuart Broad has played nine Test matches against New Zealand and scored 147 runs at an average of 11.30. But again, the lanky player's record at the 'Home of Cricket' is very good for a player who bats lower down the order. From 25 Test matches at Lord's, Broad has scored 895 runs at an average of 28.87. He has scored his highest Test score of 169 at the same ground.
Stuart Broad last scored over 15 runs in August 2020. There will be a lot of pressure on him in the early hours of Day 2 and considering the quality of New Zealand quicks, he is unlikely to score over 14.5 runs. Pari Match is offering the odds of 1.88 for Stuart Broad to score under 14.5 runs in the first innings. Waste no time and head to the official Pari Match website and place your bets on Stuart Broad from the ENG vs NZ 1st Test Day 2 head-to-head encounter.
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, has played a Test match since featuring in the Kanpur Test against India in November 2021.
Kane Williamson was expected to soak in the pressure and score high in the first innings of the first Test at Lord's, 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. The 31-year-old had led his team to the inaugural WTC title, but for now he looks to be struggling for form and rhythm. He usually tends to score under pressure but the situation seems to be different in this already low-scoring game.
Kane Williamson has played 13 matches against England and scored 757 runs including three hundreds, at an average of 39.84. However in England he averages a lowly 26.10 when compared to the high standards set by him. With one century to his name, the Tauranga-born has scored 261 Test runs from five matches in England. Before the start of the Test match, he was averaging 39.83 from his three innings at Lord's. Kane Williamson's only hundred in England has come at the same ground. But that average has come down to 34.42 after his failure in the first innings. The former world number one Test batsman's last five scores against England read as - 2, 13, 4, 51, and 22. Overall, Kane Williamson has scored 7274 Test runs at an average of 53.09 in 87 Test matches. All said, Williamson might find it hard to get going in the second innings as well. If you feel the same, proceed to Pari Match and bet on Kane Williamson from the ENG vs NZ 1st Test Day 2 head-to-head encounter.
England to score under 159.5 runs in first innings @ 1.85 (Pari Match)
Stuart Broad to score over 14.5 runs in first innings @ 1.88 (Pari Match)
Kane Williamson to score low
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