King of Stats: England’s T20 series with New Zealand in numbers
England begin their tour of New Zealand with a three-match T20 series and we’ve thrown together a King of Stats package to help pinpoint where the money will be won and lost.
2 – England have only played two T20 games on Kiwi soil, yet they won both of them by a hefty aggregate of 82 runs. They can be backed at 8/11 to make it three from three in Auckland.
5 – The head-to-head record also intimates that the Three Lions will kick off the first series of this tour with a win – they’ve won five in succession against this opposition and only one of these was played at home. This great spell of dominance favours backing England’s 4/6 in the series winner market.
39.4 – This is Alex Hales’ average score from his last five T20 internationals; it includes two scores north of 50 and just one single-figure innings. His performance will be key to his country’s hopes in the first match of the series and he can be backed as joint 7/2 favourite to lead from the front by top scoring for England in it.
19.83 – Ross Taylor is available to play his first T20 since October last year and a player of his quality will be key to the hosts’ chances. However, his average of 19.83 against the Three Lions begs to differ. It’s six runs shy of his overall T20 average and detracts value from his price of 7/2 to top his country’s series run-scoring charts.
48 – Stuart Broad returned to the international set up with a three-wicket haul at a run a ball in England’s warm up defeat to a New Zealand XI. He’ll be looking to build on his 48 T20 wickets – seven of which have come against the Kiwis – in the upcoming series and is priced at a tempting 7/2 to be the tourists’ leading wicket taker across the three games.
3 – The home side are on a wretched run of T20 form, winning just three of their previous 13 completed games. Taking this into consideration, their generous looking 11/10 for the opening-match win should be swerved.
7 – If they are to improve this horrible record, much will rest on the shoulders of bowler Ian Butler. He proved his worth to the Kiwi’s T20 team in his most recent outings, taking seven wickets in his last four games. At 7/2, he isn’t the shortest price of the New Zealand attack to take the most scalp in game number one and this should be backed.
All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date