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Five top tips for England v New Zealand 1st Test

Joe Root

England welcome New Zealand to Lord's for the first of two Tests on Thursday, so here are our top five tips for the match

Ahead of the first of two Tests between England and New Zealand at Lord’s, provide punters five top tips to take…

Adam Lyth to excel on debut
Yorkshireman Lyth was overlooked during the three-match Test series against the West Indies, despite being in the squad, but will almost certainly get his chance to gain his first cap with Jonathan Trott retiring.

The opener, who will be the 666th England player, smashed the most amount of runs in the County Championship last season to guide his team to the title. Lyth is a tempting 11/2 chance with SkyBet to be best batsman for the hosts in the first innings here.

Martin Guptill to transfer World Cup form
After hitting the most amount of runs at the recent ICC World Cup for the Black Caps, with 547 from nine innings, Guptill is a man on fire.

He also recently smashed 150 in a warm-up against Worcestershire, and is best priced with StanJames at 9/2 to be top first innings New Zealand batsman.

Trent Boult to be star seamer
Boult was another star for runners-up New Zealand at the World Cup Down Under, as the left-arm pace bowler got the joint-most amount of wickets at the finals.

He is also currently ranked as the number six Test bowler in the world, so is temptingly priced at 7/2 with Coral to get the most dismissals of the match from both teams.

Joe Root to continue rise
Root, meanwhile, has risen into the top 10 Test batting rankings, following his fantastic unbeaten 182 against the West Indies.

The 24-year-old now averages 55 from his 25 Tests to date, and is an enticing free bet shout with Coral again to be overall top batsman of the 1st Test.

New Zealand to triumph
With coach-less England going through somewhat of a transition period, after shaking up their hierarchy, as well as suffering controversy surrounding Kevin Pietersen, the Black Caps can capitalise.

The visitors will be high in confidence following their great run to the World Cup final, and are 12/5 chances with Betfair to triumph at Lord’s.

Betting tip: Joe Root is top match batsman @ 9/2 with Coral

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