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England hoping to finish off Test series with New Zealand

Joe Root

The hosts and Kiwis now travel to Headingley for second of two Tests, following thrilling match at Lord's which England edged

Following the announcement that Trevor Bayliss has been appointment as new England head coach, there is finally some stability back in the camp, although the Australian won’t take over until after the current two-Test series with New Zealand.

Until then, though, Paul Farbrace will continue to lead the side after a fantastic win at Lord’s, where the hosts battled to a brilliant victory on the fifth day.

England are now best priced with Ladbrokes to take the series, odds-on at 4/11, or are 5/2 with Coral and BetFred to draw, as they recently did against the West Indies after going 1-0 up. They are also 5/4 with SkyBet to win the second Test, while the Black Caps are 5/2 with Coral and BetFred too to level the series.

The two nations will now travel to Yorkshire’s hollowed Headingley turf, where Whitby-born Adam Lyth will be hoping to use his home county turf to provide him much needed runs. The opener, who was given the number 666 on his England shirt, managed just 17 runs from his debut two innings, but is 11/2 with to be best batsman for his side this time out in the first.

Another Yorkshire player that failed at Lord’s was Gary Ballance, managing just one run and a duck, although he did highly impress out in the Caribbean. The Zimbabwe-born youngster is 9/2 in the same market.

But the star man to watch for Yorkshire natives will be vice captain Joe Root, who got 98 and 84 in the first Test. He is in the form of his life, and even took a crucial wicket of Corey Anderson on the fifth day. Root tops the market at 13/4.

Other performers in the second innings at Lord’s include back-in-form skipper Alastair Cook (7/2), who hit a fantastic 162 to further increase his record number of England centuries, and New Zealand-born Ben Stokes (8/1).

The later was also terrific with the ball, after taking three wickets on the final day, and was even on a hat-trick at one stage, so is 9/2 again with the free bet kings to be best bowler in the first innings.

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