New Zealand v England ODI : Top Batsman, Top Bowler markets proving popular as Brendon McCullum threat for Black Caps

Its the 3rd ODI decider as England face New Zealand, with Betvictor releasing the latest cricket odds as Top Batsman, Top Bowler markets are prove popular with punters, the firm reports.

Eden Park hosts the final ODI match in the series between New Zealand and England, with the scores locked at 1-1.

This winner-take-all decider is generating plenty of interest in the betting markets with England being backed by punters to take advantage of the hosts terrible record in Auckland.

The Kiwis have only won one of their last six matches at Eden Park and will be feeling the effects after being hammered by eight-wickets last time out by a rampant England.

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The Black Caps are 6/4 with Paddy Power to end their hoodoo in Auckland, with England seeing strong market support around the 8/15 mark with William Hill.

The level of support behind the visitors stems from their epic showing in Napier last time out, where they outplayed the Kiwis in every department. James Anderson did the damage with ball, taking five wickets, and youngster Joe Root starred with the bat, making a quick-fire 79 of just 56 balls.

Much is expected of England in this final game decider but anyone taking a short price about a tourist victory will be well aware that although this England side can be brilliant to watch, they lack consistency.

The 6/4 about a New Zealand win will appeal to many punters.

Brendon McCullum is the man England need to keep quiet.

He was a shoo-in for man-of-the-match if Root didn’t come to the party as he made an extraordinary 74 off 36 balls in the Kiwi’s innings.

His teammates, barring Ross Taylor, who made a measured 100, all let him down with the bat and the strength in depth of this New Zealand team just isn’t there.

It’s likely that if the hosts are going to register a series victory then McCullum will flourish with the bat.

That means, instead of taking the 6/4 outright on a home win, backing the skipper to top-score for New Zealand at 4/1 with Paddy Power looks a way to add some much needed juice to the Kiwi price. Taylor also is in fine nick at the moment and makes some appeal at 7/2 with Bet365.

England batting line-up may be more economical in their play compared to the flashy shots of McCullum, however, slow and steady wins the day in these types of games.

Openers Cook and Ian Bell are full of confidence at the moment, and the New Zealand attack will have to bowl out of their skins to deny them a big score.

They put on 89 for the first wicket in the last game to set the platform for the succesfull chasing down of 270. Punters are expecting the pair to find a similar rhythm once again, with them to score more than 30.5 runs in their opening show with William Hill looks banker material.

Hills have priced up that market at 5/6 and punters have been snapping it up throughout the day.

Bell himself has also been popular in the top scoring batsmen market for England. He looks a different player now opening the batting, scoring 40 or more runs in 11 of his 18 innings in the one-day game.

Two of those have come in New Zealand, where he has made 64 and 44 in the two matches thus far. He has thrown his wicket away both times, and with a bit more care could make three figures here. He’s 100/30 to top-score and is 13/8 to make a fifty with Ladbrokes.

In the bowling ranks there is no reason to lose faith in Anderson producing the goods once again, and he looks a strong 5/2 shot with Paddy Power to be England’s top wicket-taker.

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