England v New Zealand 2013

The England cricket team will be embarking on a tour of New Zealand next month – the first such visit to the country since 2008 – and will be playing a series of Test matches, Twenty20 internationals and one-day internationals during the tour, offering a feast for both cricket fans and those who enjoy betting on the game with sports betting sites. As of yet there is not much information available at these sites about the odds being offered for the tour, but it is only a matter of time before such information becomes available.

Successful cricket betting does tend to depend on having some grasp of the game, because it can seem rather arcane and difficult to get your head around for anyone who doesn’t; but for those who would like to bet successfully on cricket events like this tour of New Zealand there are ways of achieving this. Although there will always be tips sites to help those who don’t have much knowledge of the game, a better way for a betting fan to get over any cricket phobia might be to play one of the cricket games at online casinos.

Games like the slot The Umpire Strikes Back in gamingclub.co.uk combine a traditional slot format with video and audio designed to evoke the experience of being on the cricket field. With this, plus the symbols based on cricket – like bats, balls, wickets and helmets – they can help a non-cricket betting fan start to understand the game a bit better, in an environment which is conducive.

After all, for those able to appreciate the game, betting on the England tour of New Zealand will offer lots of potential bets to place, including betting on the winners of each match, the highest run scorers for each team, the players who will take the most wickets, the highest scoring opening partnerships and the method by which the first player will be dismissed.


The England cricket team was dismissed for just 232 runs in their first innings on the second day of the first test match against New Zealand which is being played at Lord’s.
At the end of the first day, the score of England was 160 for the loss of 4 wickets. The two not out batsmen at the crease were Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow.

These two young men looked good in the first hour of the second day. They showed good technique against the moving ball and didn’t play too many shots in anger. They were looking set for a big partnership, but, all of a sudden, Root perished in a strange manner.

It was an incoming delivery from Southee which was going further down the leg side after pitching in line of the leg stump. Root tried to glance it, but, he glanced it too fine. The wicketkeeper took a good catch diving towards his left and the umpire’s finger went up.

On the very next ball, Matt Prior was also dismissed. It was another in swinger from Southee and this time his line was spot on. It pitched on the off stump and was hitting Prior’s pad in line of middle and leg. The umpire had no hesitation in giving that out and all of a sudden, the scorecard was showing 192 for 6.

The tail-enders couldn’t survive for too long against the swinging ball and England was all out on a modest score just after lunch.

In reply, New Zealand had a disastrous start. Both the openers were in the pavilion with only 7 on the board. The ball was moving a lot and Alastair Cook was on the attack. Batting was looking extremely difficult.

Ross Taylor decided to counter attack and that ploy worked for him. With a flurry of boundaries, he forced Alastair Cook to be a bit defensive and spread the field.

Taylor put up a partnership of 93 runs with Kane Williamson for the third wicket before being adjudged leg before wicket off the bowling of James Anderson.

Dean Brownlie walked out to bat after the fall of Taylor’s wicket and he was playing quite calmly. But, just before the end of the day’s play, Steven Finn trapped him in front of the wicket with a quick, full, incoming ball. The on field umpire didn’t give that out and Alastair Cook had to take the help of the DRS system to get the decision in his favour.

The New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum along with Kane Williamson negotiated the remaining overs safely. At the end of the second day’s play, the score of New Zealand was 153 for the loss of 4 wickets.