New Zealand v England third Test preview

The third and final Test match between England and New Zealand gets underway on Friday evening for those in the UK and it should be a cracker with the score tied at 0-0.

The Kiwis dominated the first encounter and could have won it but for the rain in Dunedin and England were in an extremely strong position with New Zealand following on in Wellington, but once again, the rain intervened.

Now, both sets of players will be praying for some good weather in Auckland and with the way the two Tests have gone so far, we should see a result.

England will be without Kevin Pietersen for this one as he has a knee injury that Alastair Cook wants sorted before the Ashes series in the summer, so Jonny Bairstow is set to be given the chance to show what he can do.

If they play at a similar level to the second Test, England should win this encounter comfortably, but they know their opponents are going to be up for this one.

New Zealand cricket has struggled in the last few years and even if they were able to draw the series, it would do wonders for the game.

One thing they can’t allow themselves to do is play for a draw though as it could land them in trouble. Instead, they have to try and attack and hope England are not quite at the races during the important stages of the game.

If we looking at a betting bonus or two for this one, you can see that the Three Lions are the big favourites to win the series as they can be backed at 4/6 with Bet365.

New Zealand are then available at 6/1, with the draw at 14/5.

For even more value though, the top batsman market is always good and backing Nick Compton to have another successful Test and be the leading scorer for England is at 5/1 with Boylesports.

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