England and New Zealand go head-to-head in the first Twenty20 match of a three-match series on Saturday and as ever in this format of the game, it should be a cracking encounter.
Both of these sides can be superb in T20’s and with One Day Internationals and Test matches to come after this series, they will each be looking to build momentum.
One thing England do struggle to do in the shortest format of the game is building a big score and accumulating runs without losing wickets.
They need someone to really step up to the plate on Saturday, so who can that top batsman be?
Well, at the moment, Alex Hales is considered as the favourite at 7/2 with Ladbrokes.
Hales is likely to open the batting, which is probably the main reason for him being the most likely leading scorer.
However, he is also a superb hitter of the ball that has scored a lot of runs for England in T20’s in the past. If he bats for any amount of time, then you can be sure that the opener will get a big score.
Then, Luke Wright has a betting bonus of 4/1 and we all know what he is capable of when he gets his eye in. Wright can hit the ball a long, long way, but much might depend on what number he is put in.
Possibly the best value for money in this market though is Eoin Morgan as he is being offered at 5/1 with Boylesports.
Few would argue that he is the best T20 player England have at their disposal and his ability to play spin often means he scores plenty of runs in these matches.
It should be a fascinating contest and the likes of Jos Butler, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root are available between 7/1 and 8/1.