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England facing tough test vs New Zealand

After a month and a half of torture against Australia in the test arena, England bounced back with vengeance in the ODI’s series to complete a 4-1 series win. England's performance was in stark contrast to what they had produced during their disastrous Ashes campaign.                                    

There had been a suggestion before the ODI series got underway that the Three Lions’ ODI brand of cricket was ideally suited in helping them break out of the turmoil they found themselves in after being pummelled with the red ball.

Under captain Eoin Morgan England come out swinging from the first ball of any 50 overs game. Their explosive brand of cricket was born after a timid and cautious approach under Peter Moores during the 2015 World Cup saw them exit in the first round after being outfought by Bangladesh. Since then England’s bold approach has seen them turn into one-day international world beaters and in the last 10 ODI series they have played since 2016, Morgan’s men have won eight.

The upcoming ODI series against New Zealand will be a charged affair involving two of the most aggressive teams in world cricket. These two lineups are stacked full of power hitters who refused to be dictated to by any bowler. Both the Black Caps and Three Lions set out to control the tempo of the game and by doing so establish the upper hand.

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New Zealand hasn't had quite as an impressive run as England in recent series, but their record over the last ten series they have played in is far from poor. Kane Williamson’s men have won five of their last ten played in but have whitewashed the West Indies and Pakistan 3-0, and 5-0 respectively in their last two series. The Black Caps are a team high on confidence and have a phenomenal record when at home.  

Picking a winner for this particular series is like trying to predict what would happen when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. The only certain forecast is that it will be an adrenaline-fueled shoot-out between two teams that play the game the right way. Punters accessing this url will see that England are at slightly better odds of 3/1 than New Zealand at 10/3 to win the ongoing Trans-Tasman Tri-Series and that may be telling in how the future clashes will play out. 

The difference between T20 and ODI cricket is a significant one but gaining any sort of momentum before England's month and a half tour of New Zealand can’t be overlooked with the tussle between the two nations likely to be decided over fine margins.

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England’s tour has been a bit of mixed bag so far with the ultimate prize of the Ashes lost but a revival in the shorter formats salvaging some pride. A dominant display in the last leg against New Zealand will help steer the narrative away from the 4 months away from home being a total disaster. The levels of desire will have to be high as the New Zealanders will be relentless in their quest to end their summer on a high.

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