THE EDGE: The Edge previews the fourth ODI between England v New Zealand with a recommended BETDAQ bet.
We have the fourth and final ODI between England and New Zealand on BETDAQ Betting Exchange from Lord’s on Friday as we bring the curtain down on an excellent tour. The T20 series, and the ODI series too, has pretty much had everything you could ask for from a cricket point of view. We drew the T20 series 2-2, and if New Zealand can win on Friday we’ll finish the ODI series 2-2 as well! The ODI series has been headlined by the return of Ben Stokes out of his short retirement, and he well and truly highlighted what an asset he is on Wednesday scoring 182!
Apparently when Stokes told Buttler he was available for ODI selection again, he said that he wouldn’t be able to bowl so base his selection on that, and Buttler didn’t think twice before answering yes quickly. When you have a number four who can do what Stokes does, he simply has to be in the team. He now has the highest ODI score for England! It was interesting to see Harry Brook left out on Wednesday, he probably missed his chance to get into the ODI World Cup squad with his failures at the top of the order. For the World Cup a concern has to be Jason Roy for England – he hasn’t been fit for this series and in general he’s been in poor form this summer.
At the moment, it looks like Liam Livingstone will take the spot of Adil Rashid and then possibly Moeen Ali to add batting depth down the order. England have all the “good” selection issues because they have so much talent! New Zealand got smashed around the Oval, and you can see what Lister or Jamieson aren’t in the World Cup squad. It will be interesting to see can they improve in this game.
WEATHER AND PITCH WATCH:
Lord’s won’t be a road like Oval. Plus, we’ll have much bigger boundaries too. It’s been very interesting to see the scores come down at Lord’s interesting with most of the players saying the wicket has been sluggish. India played here last summer and failed to chase down the 246 all out from England – they actually only managed 146 all out. In the summer before that, England were all out for 247 but defended that against Pakistan. And of course who could forget the wonderful World Cup Final here between these two which finished a tie at 241 for either side. I definitely wouldn’t be expecting a high scoring game here.
It’s been very interesting to see the odds bounce around from game to game. England have remained as the favourites but they have ranged between 1.47 and 1.6. They come into this game as the 1.5 favourites and I feel at Lord’s that’s a little short. I’m definitely keeping my stakes small here because I am worried about the New Zealand bowling however it will be interesting to see how England perform on a slower wicket. Usually they ask for roads these days, but we all know Lord’s act on their own behalf! New Zealand could easily grind out a win here in tricky conditions. I expect a closer game than the odds suggest.
The Edge Says:
One point win New Zealand to beat England at 3.0 with Betdaq Exchange
View the market here -> https://betdaq.biz/EngNZ4
Take a few overs to confirm it’s the usual Lord’s ODI wicket that we’ve seen over the last few years, and then you can form a plan from there. The wicket has been slow here which would always make you want to support the bowlers rather than the batters. The side batting first has an excellent record here too, and given we’ve had such a high scoring tour the market might not respect a score of around 250/260. There could be some very nice value supporting the side who defends that score.