Published: 17.01.2017

Australia v New Zealand 2nd Test Match Betting Tips

There’s very little rest for Australia and New Zealand as the two neighbours move straight from the Gabba in Brisbane to Perth and the WACA for the second test of the series. The new era under captain Steve Smith got off to the best possible start with a 208 run win that was wrapped up before the end of the first session of day five.

The Aussies lost just eight wickets in total over their two innings as the Black Caps bowling attack failed to sparkle. Most disappointing was Trent Boult who came into the series with a big fanfare but he was unable to make the ball swing or do anything off the pitch. Mitchell Johnson has been typically forthright in his press conference before the second test saying that the whole Australian team were surprised with how poorly Boult bowled. That does risk riling up the Kiwi quick but Johnson is happy to get into those sort of battles.

What is less clear is whether or not the rest of the New Zealand team are up for a fight. Save for captain Brendan McCullum and Kane Williamson, the Kiwis looked worryingly lacklustre and that is not something that’s going to get you very far against this Australia side. That is part of the reason why the hosts are such clear favourites to win the second test. The biggest odds you can find on Australia winning back-to-back tests is 1.36 with PalmerBet. New Zealand are some way behind in the betting at 5.5 with Bet365.

The odds may not be massive but they are fair and we just cannot see New Zealand making the required improvements to beat Australia who love playing cricket when they are in the ascendancy so make sure to bet on the home team to win the test.

As well as winding up his opponents, Mitchell Johnson also said that he is at the stage of his career where he is thinking about when to retire from test cricket. The left arm quick has been in and out of the Australia team for over a decade now and time he is quickly reaching the age where many of his teammates have stepped away from the international scene. Johnson said he’s going to take it match by match and that means he’ll be doing all he can to put in a top quality performance at the WACA in case he doesn’t get another chance. He took four wickets in the last test and an improvement on that could well see him be the top Australian bowler so bet on him at odds of 3.5 with BetVictor.

Steve Smith was very happy with the way his players performed but he’ll be slightly worried by his own form. Smith is no longer the number one ranked batsmen in the world and over his two innings he fell just short of 50 runs. It is fairly common for captains to become bogged down by all that leading the team entails early on in their captaincy so bet on Smith to score fewer than 36.5 runs in his first innings at 1.83 with Ladbrokes.


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