The Cricket World Cup gets underway on Thursday when England and New Zealand do battle (09:30 BST).
Matthew Mott’s side will looking to retain their title following the heroics of 2019, as they travel to India hoping to make it back to back World Cups.
New Zealand were the side that England defeated in the final last time out, and there will be plenty of motivation for the Black Caps as they target retribution.
England vs New Zealand Betting Tips
England to get World Cup campaign off to winning start
England come into the World Cup off the back of a disrupted build up with games and Ireland and India both seeing no result.
Their ODI series against New Zealand ended in victory, though, with Jos Buttler captaining his side to a 3-1 win.
The World Cup represents a different challenge, however, and, with revenge on their minds, New Zealand are likely to make this a tricky match.
England have plenty of quality in their ranks though, and come into the game as favourites. Whilst complete domination shouldn’t be expected from this match, England should have enough at the crease to secure the victory.
Malan the man to lead from the front
Dawid Malan has had a great summer, securing 277 runs in three ODI’s against New Zealand and being named player of the series.
The 36-year-old will be right at the top of the order for England on Thursday and will be looking to post another impressive score. He’s averaged over 61 runs per ODI during his career, totalling more than 1,000 runs during that period, and we’re backing him to add to that total when England meet New Zealand on Thursday.
England vs New Zealand team news
Both sides have named their 15 man squads for the Cricket World Cup. Here are the details of the players who will line up on Thursday:
England: Jos Buttler (C), Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (C), Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Davon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Will Young