COC Cricbattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips: New Zealand v England on March 22
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New Zealand would eye revenge when they take on England in the first Test at Auckland on Thursday. New Zealand had lost the five-match ODI series 3-2 and would look to avenge the loss in the Test series. England would look to carry on the winning momentum in the Test series as well. England are coming off a 0-4 Ashes series loss and would have the after-effects of that disappointing series. They must shrug off that nightmare and come fresh in the Test series against New Zealand to give a tough fight to the Kiwis. New Zealand will begin favourites as they are playing at home. But England will come hard at New Zealand after their 0-4 Ashes series loss. They would look to prove a point or two in the Test series against New Zealand. But New Zealand at home would be a tough nut to crack.
Best economical pick & Smart Pick – England have Joe Root as skipper who likes to lead from the front. Then, they have ever-reliable opener Alastair Cook who would look to do well after an average Ashes series recently. They have in-form batsmen in Jonny Bairstow who is coming off two consecutive tons in the ODI series recently.
Top captains & vice captains – New Zealand have home advantage to play with. They have in-form batsmen and bowlers who can exploit the home conditions to the hilt. Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry form the explosive top-order line-up. New Zealand batting is heavily dependent on Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor to guide them through. New Zealand missed Taylor in the fifth ODI and lost the series. New Zealand would be hoping for an all-round contribution from all their players to give a tough fight to a competitive England unit.
Cautious Pick – Martin Guptill got a call from the national selectors to remain as a cover for Ross Taylor for the first Test against England. Although Guptill’s reputation as a limited overs cricketer glorified in the last few, people still doubt his credentials in the longest format. The seasoned batsman has played 47 Tests, compiling 2586 runs at an average of 29.38 but hasn’t played Test cricket for New Zealand since October 2016.
My XI – Kane Williamson (Captain), Ross Taylor (Vice-Captain), Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Todd Astle, Craig Overton, Jeet Raval, Henry Nicholls