New Zealand v England first Test preview

England and New Zealand lock horns in the third Test match of three on Tuesday in Dunedin and both sides know how vital a win is here to claim a series victory.

The Three Lions will be considered by many as the big favourites for this one as they have already won the One Day International and Twenty20 series, and you would say Test matches are what they are best at.

There are of course two Ashes series taking place this year, so Alastair Cook will want to use this series as a chance to build momentum and confidence.

With how strong England are as well, they might be able to experiment a few things and figure out what their best eleven is. In this first match though, winning is vital and Cook must lead from the front, much like he did in India last year.

The visiting side have the potential to go on and dominate Test cricket in the next few years, but they cannot afford to look too far ahead and have to concentrate on the task ahead.

England do look to be a very strong outfit and they should have too much quality for New Zealand, but you can never right the home team off.

The Kiwis will be disappointed with the two series defeats so far as both of them have ended 2-1, so they have shown they can beat England, but are unable to put in big performances consistently.

Test cricket is a lot more demanding than limited overs and the hosts might struggle to challenge their opponents over the course of four days, but they have to give it a go.

If Brendon McCullum – captain and star batsman – is able to bat for a long time, they certainly have a chance.

When looking at a betting bonus or two for this encounter in Dunedin, you will see that England are the big favourites at 8/15 to win this one.

Then, New Zealand are out at 13/2 with Betfred.

For a bit of extra value though, betting on Alastair Cook to be the top batsman for his side at 7/2 with Ladbrokes could be the way to go.

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