Swann’s return could have the Black Caps in a spin

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The announcement of the England squad that will face New Zealand brought with it the welcome return of the host’s number one spinner Graeme Swann.

The Nottinghamshire bowler was a notable absentee when Andy Flower’s men visited New Zealand in the winter for an unspectacular drawn three match series in which no side could seal a single victory.

Despite never facing the Black Caps in his career Swann is likely to play a pivotal role on his return from injury and looks a great price at 4/1 to be the top-wicket taker for his side.

The 34-year-old has taken 35 wickets in his last 12 Test outings on English soil and is a crucial part of his nation’s bowling attack.

Swann is also handy with the bat in hand, averaging 41 for his country in 2012, and at 66/1 to be England’s top runscorer over the two Tests may attract those looking for an each-way punt.

Tim Bresnan also returns to the fold after having elbow surgery.

The 28-year-old has produced some eye-catching performances for Yorkshire so far this term, taking thirteen victims in his three outings for the White Rose.

The right-arm seamer has claimed 57 wickets in his 18 Tests and is 8/1 to be Alastair Cook’s premier bowler over the pair of matches.

Joe Root has been in fine form in 2013, already registering scores of 236 and a 182 for his county and impressed with a 72 on debut for England against India.

He went on to be an ever-present in New Zealand, with his top score from the trio of Tests coming in at 45.

The 22-year-old smashed a century for the England Lions in a tour match with the Kiwis this weekend, making his price of 6/1 to be the standout batsmen for the hosts appeal.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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