Having mauled New Zealand to win the T20 series, England’s focus now shifts to the 50-over format – with the series getting underway in Hamilton.
England do not have a great ODI record in New Zealand, having only twice won bilateral series there, the last in 1992 Despite this, England are ½ with bet365 to win the series. They will also have to deal with one of the side effects of modern format juggling, as almost half the side, including the top three, will come in cold, having not played a match on tour. In the cases of Jonathan Trott and James Anderson, their last competitive outing came in the Nagpur Test in mid-December. Alastair Cook is 11/4 favourite to take the top batsman award in the series and it would be folly to back against the run machine.
James Anderson will find the conditions to his liking in New Zealand and having been refreshed by his break, he is the standout bet to be the leading England series wicket-taker at 7/2.
The New Zealand side will also have a slightly different make-up to the T20s, though the likes of BJ Watling, Kane Williamson and Kyle Mills have been able to play domestic cricket since returning from South Africa. Ross Taylor missed New Zealand's surprise ODI series win on that tour but he is back in the fold and is undoubtedly their classiest batsman. Brendon McCullum is the 11/4 favourite to be the Black Caps’ top run scorer, but Taylor looks a good bet at 7/2 while it could also be worth having a saver on Kane Williamson at 5/1.