by Renee Israel
ODI cricket is a different ball game from Test cricket. At least this is what
the Kiwi team is thinking after losing both Tests against hosts England, as they
prepare for the first game of their England vs New Zealand ODI series
on Friday (May 31).
England will want to carry the momentum from those victories throughout the
3-game ODI series, which is especially important in view of the ICC Champions
Trophy, which begins immediately afterwards.
As such, both teams will be looking to make the final adjustments to their
squads and strategy in light of the bigger international tournament ahead.
England vs. New Zealand ODI Series Schedule
The England versus New Zealand ODI series consists of three fixtures that
will be played according to the following schedule.
1st ODI at Lord's on May 31
2nd ODI at Southampton on June 2
3rd ODI at Nottingham on June 5
Both teams have announced their squads for the ODI series. The England squad
is not very different from that which played in the second cricket test match.
Alistair Cook continues to lead the team.
The wicketkeeper has been changed from Matt Prior to Jos Buttler. Ravi Bopara
and Eoin Morgan have been inducted as batsmen. The selectors continue to support
Bopara despite his being inconsistent at the international level. Morgan comes
in fresh from the Indian Premier League, where he performed well for the Kolkata
There have been more changes in the New Zealand squad. Luke Ronchi comes in
as a wicketkeeper batsman. Former captain Daniel Vettori brings in a wealth of
experience. Vettori's fitness is a bit suspect and the team management will have
to take a call on whether to play him against England or to ensure his presence
in the ICC Champions Trophy.
England Versus New Zealand Online Betting
Online betting sites have posted odds for the first cricket ODI as well as
the entire ODI series. Based on the outcome of the Test series the odds are
heavily in favour of England. For the ODI series England have been given the
odds of 2/5 and New Zealand of 2/1.
Punters have multiple markets to play with for the first ODI. The odds for
England winning are 8/15 and those for New Zealand winning are 6/4. Punters
looking for more challenging markets can try betting on the top England batsman.
The odds for the main contenders are as follows.