England 8/13 for second Test

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: March 10 2013, 12:31 GMT

England's batting collapse during the first Test has had little effect on their second Test price.

Steven Finn: England's nightwatchman made a half-century on Sunday
Steven Finn: England's nightwatchman made a half-century on Sunday

The first of the three-match series ended in a draw in Dunedin on Sunday, England having battled back from being dismissed for 167 by New Zealand in their first innings.

Despite their initial struggles with the bat, England have been priced up at 8/13 for the second Test - the same as they were heading into the opening contest.

Blue Square and bet365 both go with that price, although Stan James are shorter at 1/2.

England did at least find some batting form in their second innings. Alastair Cook and Nick Compton both made centuries, while nightwatchman Steven Finn and Jonathan Trott both reached 50 as England batted their way to safety, finishing on 421 for six.

The hosts, who were odds-on across the board after the second day in Dunedin, are 7/1 with BetVictor for victory in Wellington.

The second Test starts at 2130 GMT on Wednesday.

In the series betting, England have drifted to a general 4/11 having been around the 1/4 mark at the start of the series.

New Zealand have shortened from double-figure prices to 17/2 (Betfred, totesport) with a drawn series now offered at 10/3.

In the correct-score betting, an England 2-0 win is the favourite at a general 6/4.

Blue Square offer a best of 8/1 about there being two more draws and the series ending 0-0.