England fans will be disappointed not to have a horse in the race, but the T20 World Cup final on Sunday is a massive clash between neighbours New Zealand and Australia. (Match betting – Australia 8/13, New Zealand 11/8).
It was the Black Caps who put paid to the Three Lions in a thrilling semi-final, as Kane Williamson’s Test world champions took a measure of revenge for their 50-over World Cup final loss to England in 2019.
The Baggy Greens, meanwhile, edged past Pakistan thanks to some amazing hitting by Matthew Wade, with both games adding to the list of matches won by the side who won the toss and chose to chase.
The lowest total across those two thrillers was the 166-4 made in defeat by England, so New Zealand to win the final and both teams to score 140+ is worth pondering at 6/4 – while the same market but with an Australian win offers slightly less value at 8/11.
The Kiwis have suffered a potentially damaging injury blow with Devon Conway ruled out by a hand injury, but replacement Tim Seifert certainly has the ability to make an impact, although he did struggle badly against the Aussies earlier this year.
That could add to the pressure on veteran opener Martin Guptill (5/2 – top team runscorer) to deliver and he may be due a big one, having struggled for runs since smashing 93 against Scotland.
The Aussies also have a veteran opening batter who could make the difference, with David Warner (5/2 – top team runscorer) having been close to his best in making 89 not out against the West Indies and 49 against Pakistan.
And Baggy Greens skipper Aaron Finch is expecting a tough tussle against a Black Caps side who never give up, telling reporters: “Any time you play New Zealand you know how much of a contest it’s going to be.
“They seem to just hang around for long enough in any kind of contest and wear you down. They fight and scrap in every situation.”