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    Fourth T20 - NZ vs. ENG

    • Series outright odds

      New Zealand: $4.33 at Sportsbet
      England: $4.50 at Sportsbet

Tuesday, February 13 – 7pm local (5pm AEDT) – Westpac Stadium, Wellington

THESE are two teams that need to get their act together.

It is harsh to judge New Zealand after only one game, but they were destroyed by Australia in the opening clash of this Twenty20 tri-series.

The top order offered nothing in Sydney as Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson and Tom Bruce all came and went for a combined total of 19 runs.

At least there is no doubt over where the Black Caps most need to improve.

England’s issues might run a little deeper.

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The tourists have fallen off a cliff after two heavy defeats to the Aussies.

They have not been helped by the injury to skipper Eoin Morgan, who could miss the remainder of the series after straining his groin in training.

That leaves keeper-batsman Jos Buttler in charge of a side that has struggled to assert dominance with either bat or ball since dispatching Australia so handily in the 50-over format.

NZ vs. England top batsman tips

Martin Guptill

The Kiwis are a far more dangerous team when Guptill is firing shots early in the innings. The lanky opener brings very solid form into this series, so it would be a surprise to see him fail twice in a row.

Jos Buttler

Buttler is so often the guy who steps up with important runs when England really need them. We fancy the deputy skipper for a big one after his battling 46 at the MCG on Saturday.

Best bets for top bowler

Tim Southee

Are the bookies missing a trick here? Southee ran through Pakistan with 3/13 at the Westpac only a few weeks ago, yet Sportsbet has him down on the third line of top wicket-taker betting. Load up.

David Willey

Willey was the only Englishma to take wickets in both losses to the Aussies. The really canny punters out there will also recognise that the Yorkshire star’s MOTM odds are way overs for a player of his all-round ability.

Who wins – NZ or England?

The loser of this one will have a very hard time reaching the final.

NZ were poor in game one, but they have had no chance to redeem themselves. England had that opportunity and made an absolute meal of it.

Recent records provide little illumination. England’s last T20 game at the Westpac was back in 2013, when Michael Lumb and Alex Hales starred in a 10-wicket win. The Kiwis have not lost a 20-over clash at the venue since.

The thing that stands out is just how little NZ’s top order contributed at the SCG. We can expect much more from Guptill, Munro, et al on home soil without Billy Stanlake firing 145kph chin-seeking missiles at them.

Top tip: New Zealand to win (+100 at Sportsbet)
 

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