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First Test Result
After a rain hit third day changed both sides approach to the first test, England were quite happy to ignore the carrot that was dangled in front of them by Kane Williamson and decided, in true British fashion, to just see out the rest of the final day and ensure the first crowd at Lords since 2019 were left regretting their ticket purchase.
In truth, New Zealand dominated the test and although it was on English soil, that was largely to be expected considering the inexperience of this England side.
The pressure will certainly be on England hereafter that tame display with the bat in the first test, and we’d expect some changes with no real standout performer at Lords.
Dom Sibley and Rory Burns top scored in either innings, though both didn’t look overly impressive when at the crease, while Zak Crawley is going through a torrid time at the moment so it’s hard to see where they’re going to find some rhythm from in order to get on top in this test.
New Zealand To Beat England
New Zealand will only get stronger here with the return of Trent Boult, though their away record leaves a lot to be desired and a win in this test would arguably signal their biggest away win this century.
Indeed, they’ve not won a series away in Pakistan since 1969, Australia since 1985, England since 1999 and have never won in either South Africa or India, so this would be a real statement of intent even if it is against a weakened England side.
All in all, New Zealand look to be the more experienced, more settled and more balanced side and no one would argue there’s a better chance to win in England than they have right now.
Williamson managed just 14 runs across his two innings at Lords, though he’d managed 639 runs in just four innings prior to that test and you wouldn’t bet against him upping his run count for the series here, so the value has to be with the visitors on this occasion.
New Zealand To Beat England At 7/5
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