Fourth T20 – New Zealand v England: Tuesday 5pm AEDT, Wellington
The T20 tri-series moves across the Tasman, with Australia already in the final after winning their three matches played to date, two against England and one over New Zealand. Therefore, It’s a two-way battle between New Zealand and England for the right to meet Australia in the final in Auckland in just over a week’s time.
|Winner||New Zealand ($2)|
|Top New Zealand Batsman||Colin Munro ($4)|
|Top England Batsman||Jos Buttler ($5.50)|
|Top New Zealand Bowler||Mitchell Santner ($4.50)|
|Top England Bowler||David Willey ($4.40)|
Head to Head
New Zealand and England will clash for the first time in T20 international cricket since their semi-final clash at the 2016 World T20 in Delhi. England won the semi-final by 7 wickets courtesy of a man-of-the-match performance by opener Jason Roy (78 off 44 balls), while all-rounder Ben Stokes was the main destroyer with the ball, taking 3/26. Unfortunately for England, Roy has made scores of 9 and 8 in England’s first two tri-series matches against Australia, while Stokes is still waiting for the green light to resume playing international cricket. English skipper, Eoin Morgan, is in serious doubt with a groin injury which kept him out of the last match against Australia. It’s already an English team down on experience and that’s without mentioning that Joe Root has been rested for this series. England does have a strong record against NZ in T20 cricket, with 9 wins, 4 losses & 1 NR, but is missing plenty of talent which sways this contest in favour of the Kiwis. The Wolf thinks the spinning duo of Ish Sodhi and Mitchel Santner could have a big bearing on the outcome of this match. Australian spinners, Glenn Maxwell (3/10) and Ashton Agar (2/15) tore through the English batting line-up in the 2nd T20 in Hobart, and many experts would argue that Sodhi and Santner are better spinners than Maxwell and Agar. New Zealand has one of the most powerful batting partnerships at the top of their order, with Martin Guptill and Colin Munro leading the charge. Munro was New Zealand’s top run-scorer (46 off 32 balls) in the semi-final loss at the World T20 and is a sight to behold if he gets going early. They also have the safety net of Colin de Grandhomme in the lower order if they get into early trouble. The Kiwi all-rounder top-scored against Australia, with 38* off 24 balls in the opening T20 match of the tri-series and will be hoping that he isn’t required here, with the likes of Guptill and Munro cashing in. The Wolf can’t ignore New Zealand as outsiders, especially on their home soil. England, definitely have the dominant historical record, but this English side is a shadow of some of those sides.
Bet: New Zealand ($2)
Top New Zealand Batsman
Munro top-scored for New Zealand, with 46 off 32 balls in the 2016 World T20 semi-final loss to England and is currently ranked as the No.1 batsman in the world in T20 international cricket. Munro has played just 41 T20I matches and has already amassed 1000 runs, three centuries and all at an incredible 157.23 strike-rate. He missed out in 1st T20 against Australia, but will bounce back here.
Bet: Colin Munro ($4)
Top England Batsman
The Wolf is keen on Buttler, but on the provision that Eoin Morgan is ruled out. Buttler was England’s top runscorer with 46 off 49 balls in the 7-wicket loss to Australia in the 3rd T20 and averages 57.33 at a strike-rate of 165.38 against New Zealand in T20I cricket.
Bet: Jos Buttler ($5.50)
Top New Zealand Bowler
Santner recorded figures of 2/15 in the T20I match against Pakistan in Wellington last month and is The Wolf’s pick to be the top New Zealand bowler. Trent Boult is always tough to get away at the start of an innings, especially if the ball is hooping around. This could play into Santner’s favour if England start to feel the pressure and look to attack him.
Bet: Mitchell Santner ($4.50)
Top England Bowler
Willey got the early wicket of David Warner in the 3rd T20 against Australia and looked the most threatening of the English bowlers. He also took 3/28 in 2nd T20 against Australia in Hobart. He’s been outstanding for the Perth Scorchers in the BBL over the past few seasons and is a specialist in this format of the game.
Bet: David Willey ($4.40)