England were consistently better than New Zealand during the Tests and they can repeat that series win when the ODIs begin at Lord's on Friday, says Michael Vaughan...
"You have to look for weaknesses if you want to take on a short-priced team and the tourists have far more than the home side."
England's bowling has been too strong for New Zealand throughout the Test series and Ashley Giles' men will surely carry that dominance to the One Day arena - starting at Lord's on Friday.
The Test attack of Jimmy Anderson, Steven Finn, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann has consistently had too much for the tourists and there's little reason to think that could change with the switch to a shorter format.
Yes, a win price of 1.528/15 isn't hugely generous, but it should reward an investment as England look to get a big summer of one day cricket off to a winning start. You have to look for weaknesses if you want to take on a short-priced team and the tourists have far more than the home side.
There's also a good reason for Alastair Cook's and co. to go hard for ODI wins - the world's best will soon be on these shores to contest the Champions Trophy and the forthcoming three game series against New Zealand is a good opportunity for England to build a head of steam and justify their favouritism for the tournament.
Don't forget too that Giles' men got the better of their opponents in New Zealand just over three months ago, winning the series 2-1. Given they did that on foreign shores there's little reason to think they'll come undone on home soil.
That's not to write the opposition off, as they clearly possess some talented players, but not enough to think they can pull off an upset win at 2.8815/8.
Brendon McCullum is always a danger in ODI cricket but Broad has had his number in the Tests and if a bowler is consistently getting you out it doesn't matter what the format is. Away from McCullum, Martin Guptill is capable of doing some damage and Ross Taylor has looked pretty comfortable in English conditions. The tourists will need big efforts from these men if they are to upset the odds.
But they're not for me. I'm backing England to continue their dominance and I'll take a chance on Jonathan Trott to top score. I think the new ODI rules are in the home side's favour and will suit a player like Trott, who can hang around and play at his own pace, chiselling out runs when the opportunities come his way.
The ball did plenty at Lord's during the Tests and a total of 250 runs could be a winning one.