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England v New Zealand 5th ODI tips – back Morgan and Root for top bat

Eoin Morgan and Joe Root were formidable at Trent Bridge and are worth backing against their team-mates for Durham decider

England looked down and out for parts of Wednesday’s 4th ODI, with New Zealand posting an impressive 349 for 7 in their 50 overs.

However, Alex Hales put together an amazing 67 runs off 38 balls before Eoin Morgan and Joe Root enjoyed a partnership of nearly 200 runs.

Morgan has been outstanding with the bat throughout the ODI series and it’s worth backing him to top score once again when the teams meet for the decider in Durham.

The captain’s knock of 113 at Trent Bridge was a thing of beauty, with five sixes thrown in for good measure. Morgan also managed to find the boundary on a dozen occasions, with a sizeable total managed off just 82 balls.

It isn’t the first time that Morgan has top scored this summer, with 71 runs in the 3rd Test and there’s nothing like momentum for a batsman, especially with the added responsibility of skippering the team.

Ladbrokes offer 4/1 which seems like a big price and we’re happy to combine this bet with a wager on Joe Root who can be backed at 7/2 with Sky Bet.

So if we put a tenner on both players, then we get a minimum of £25 profit if either top score, with Alex Hales potentially the danger as an opener.

Jason Roy is slightly less likely to put together a big total, while all the others require three or more wickets to drop before they get a chance to bat. In the last Test, Ben Stokes only needed to add a cherry on the cake.

The bookies can’t split the two teams in the match betting although England can be taken at even money and the New Zealand bowling attack had little answer to Hales, Root and Morgan at Trent Bridge.

Kane Williamson is a 10/3 chance to score the most runs for the tourists, something he’s successfully done this summer to date and the number three merits a small bet in Durham.

Eoin Morgan top England bat @ 4/1 with Ladbrokes
Joe Root top England bat @ 7/2 with Sky Bet
Kane Williamson top NZ bat @ 10/3 with Sky Bet

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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