England v New Zealand betting tips, prediction & odds; 1st Test preview

England v New Zealand first Test

Welcome to our England v New Zealand betting tips, prediction and odds analysis for the 1st Test at Lord’s, London, starting on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

This is the first of a two-Test series between England and New Zealand, as a warm-up for the New Zealand team before their World Test Championship final against at Southampton later this month.

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For England these matches are a glimpse into the future as they will be fielding a new-look side, with a handful of Test regulars unavailable after playing in the IPL, and star all-rounder Ben Stokes, fast bowler Jofra Archer and wicketkeeper Ben Foakes out injured.

New Zealand have not played red-ball cricket since early this year, and they are missing key paceman Trent Boult, who will arrive in time for the second Test after being granted leave to spend extra time with his family.

The Kiwis team is far closer to full strength than the England team is, but the bookmakers have made the home team short-priced favourites to win at Lord’s.

That is probably fair enough given the Kiwis’ rustiness and poor Test record in English conditions in general and at Lord’s in particular, and also the fact the England players have had plenty of County Cricket action to tune up for this series.

England v New Zealand series schedule

1st Test: June 2-6 Lord’s, London, 11am.
2nd Test: June 10-14, Edgbaston, Birmingham, 11am.

England 1st Test squad

Joe Root (captain), James Anderson, Sam Billings, James Bracey (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Dom Sibley, Olly Stone, Mark Wood.

New Zealand 1st Test squad

Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling (wk), Will Young.

Continue reading for our free England v New Zealand tips for the 1st Test at Lord’s starting on Wednesday. 

England v New Zealand 1st Test odds

Head to head odds: England $1.83, New Zealand $3, draw $5

Man of the match betting:
$8 Joe Root, Kane Williamson
$9 James Anderson, Stuart Broad
$11 Neil Wagner, Ross Taylor
$13+ others

Top run-scorer England 1st innings odds:
$3.25 Joe Root
$4.34 Zak Crawley
$5 Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley
$6 Ollie Pope
$7 James Bracey, Daniel Lawrence

Top run-scorer NZ 1st innings odds:
$3 Kane Williamson
$4.50 Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls
$5 Ross Taylor, Will Young
$6 Devon Conway, Tom Blundell
$7 Rachin Ravindra

Top wicket-taker 1st innings England odds:
$2.88 Stuart Broad, James Anderson
$5 Mark Wood
$5 Olly Stone, Ollie Robinson, Craig Overton

Top wicket-taker 1st innings NZ odds:
$3.25 Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee
$3.75 Neil Wagner
$4.50 Matt Henry
$5 Doug Bracewell

England v New Zealand betting tips

Our cricket tipsters have examined the odds and found several England v New Zealand tips for the 1st Test.

Stuart Broad man of the match at $9

The veteran is bowling superbly and while much of the focus will be on his long-time partner in crime James Anderson, who is just eight wickets shy of 1000 first-class scalps, Broad looks the more dangerous lately and was devastating at home last summer.

England to win at $1.83

Little fish are sweet and with a clear forecast, there should be every chance of a result. The Kiwis are a great team at home, no doubt, but it’s going to be tough for them to come out firing straight away. They should have a lot better chance come the second Test and then the Test Championship final against India.

England v New Zealand prediction 2/6/2021

New Zealand have won the past two two-Test series between these teams 1-0, but those results both came on New Zealand soil. Their record in England is not great; they have not won a Test series in England since 1999 and have won only five of 54 Tests overall, with 30 losses and 19 draws. The Kiwis have superstar batsman in captain Kane Williamson and other rising stars in Henry Nicholls and Tom Latham but it’s going to be tough for them all coming in cold against an attack led by the brilliant seamers James Anderson and Stuart Broad. If England’s inexperienced batting line-up can hold up, they should be too strong at home. Our final England v New Zealand prediction? England to win by 200 runs/six wickets.

England v New Zealand Test Details

How can I watch the England v New Zealand Test series?

Britain: Sky Sports Cricket, Main Event. New Zealand: SparkSport. India: Star Sports. Australia: Fox Sports, KAYO.

How can I bet on the England v NZ Tests?

International readers can check out the best cricket betting sites.

What time does the England v New Zealand Fourth Test start?

The game starts at 11am local time (10pm NZ time) on June 2, 2021.

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