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May 2013

England vs New Zealand 1st ODI Preview

by Renee Israel

Cook Will Lead England In ODI Series

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 Knight Riders.

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.

Bell 3/1

Cook 3/1

Trott 7/2

Root 5/1

Morgan 5/1

Bopara 13/2

Bairstow 13/2

Buttler 8/1

Story Highlights »
  • England is the favourite team to win the ODI series.
  • It will rely mainly on the players from the Test team.

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