|Dan Lawrence||not out||81||124||13||0|
|Trent Boult||not out||12||9||3||0|
|James Anderson||not out||0||7||0||0|
Right then. That is all we have for this second Test and this series between England and New Zealand. Our post-match coverage seemed to have lasted longer than the play on Day 4. Hope you enjoyed our coverage and we look forward to your company again for future. There is the World Test Championship final of course, but there are other international games as well, like South Africa's tour of the Caribbean. Please do check tabs and keep yourself up-to-date with all the action. Until next time, ADOIS! TAKE CARE!
England, on the other hand, continue to seek answers to their batting debacles. They were relying too much on Joe Root and that hurt them in India and it has hurt them here as well. The problem for them is, there is not much red-ball cricket for them either internationally or at domestic level in the lead-up to the first Test against India, so their players have got to sharpen their skills by playing white-ball cricket. They need to find batsmen who can spend some time in the middle and some bowlers who have the patience to keep trying and trying to find the edge. A difficult process but not impossible.
The Kiwis gets across to lift the trophy. A significant moment for them, which comes right after they were crowned as the number 1 Test team in the world. New Zealand look well and truly tuned up for the World Test Championship final, with good selection headaches. Remember, there were 6 changes for this Test and yet they won. Who would be left out for that final? Batting looks good, catching is good and bowling has always been good. Nice place to be in.
Victorious New Zealand captain, Tom Latham, calls this as a complete team performance. Starting from coming back after a tough opening session, then fighting hard with the bat and eventually winning the game. Winning in spite of 6 changes? This is the question asked and Latham responds by saying that most of the guys coming in were experienced and everyone adapted really well. Humbly says that it is an honour to lead the team and he thoroughly enjoyed it. Calls the track a beauty and wants to bat on it everytime. Wants to enjoy this moment as he understands the importance of a side winning a Test series in a country after 22 years. Stresses the importance for every Kiwi here and also back in New Zealand.
England skipper, JOE ROOT, admits that one bad session cost them the series. Bluntly says that kind of batting is not acceptable but praises New Zealand for bowling well. Stresses that it is a learning experience and calls it as more mental than technical, as to understanding how to play in difficult scenarios. On the lack of domestic games before the home summer, Root does not want to look at excuses and honestly says that they did not play good cricket as compared to New Zealand. Stresses that one needs to manage challenges which come in every series and every level. Does not feel that England could have been more aggressive on the final day at Lord's and gone for a win, stating that time was just too short. On this period now before their next Test, Root wants his batsmen to go back to domestic cricket and score runs and bowlers to pick wickets and then come back fresh against India. Wants his side to grab every opportunity that comes its way. Thanks the crowd for their everlasting support and understands that it is disappointing that they could not see a silverware won by their team.
DEVON CONWAY HAS BEEN NAMED AS NEW ZEALAND'S PLAYER OF THE SERIES (Nominated by England's coach). Smiles on being asked whether he dreamed that this is the way his debut Test series would go. Adds that this is a special feeling which needs time to sink in and is happy to be part of a side which has won its first series in England since 1999. Admits that Test cricket is a bigger challenge than domestic First-class cricket, but the process established in domestic cricket helped him. Does not speak too much of playing any particular shot to bring up his century and double century and stresses that he just plays each ball on its merit. Details that he played the same pull shot at Lord's and got a boundary, but here, holed out. Admits that he wanted to keep the ball along the ground but failed. Is happy to have overcome the challenges in the series and ends by saying that he totally enjoyed it.
RORY BURNS HAS BEEN NAMED AS ENGLAND'S PLAYER OF THE SERIES (Nominated by New Zealand's coach). On a personal front, Burns says that it is nice to get back into the side and score some runs. Looking at the series, Rory says that new Zealand bowled really well but he trusted his defense and technique and just focussed there. Believes that there is a long time before the next Test and the team can easily bounce back.
MATT HENRY HAS BEEN NAMED AS THE PLAYER OF THE MATCH. He is all smiles. Is happy to have finished the series on a high and thanks the crowd for turning up in large numbers. Admits that the team revelled in the atmosphere. On his own performance, he puts it down to experience of playing on different surfaces and adapting accordingly. On this wicket, Henry says that it seemed to get quicker from Day 2 but otherwise was a very good one to bat on, so the plan was to keep it tight and try and pick wickets. On his work ethic, Matt says that New Zealand's Test squad is very strong, so it is not going to be often that he is going to be a part of the playing XI. Hence he wants to make the most of every match that he plays.
... THE PRESENTATION ...
Issues for England. Batting, yes, by and large. They don't have Stokes and Buttler playing, which might be one of the reasons for this debacle but that top 6 is a concern, save aside Rory Burns. Joe Root looks way out of form. The bowling has issues too, even though they might say Jofra Archer isn't playing, but apart from Stuart Broad, no one actually stood out consistently. Ollie Robinson had an impact at Lord's and he was sorely missed here. Finally, the catching. England had plenty of opportunities to peg New Zealand back. First, they dropped Will Young early and then Tom Blundell as well. Both came back to bite them very hard. Plenty of hard work to be done before they begin their next Test in August against India. Please stay tuned for the presentation...
The visitors kept striking at regular intervals to keep England at a score of 303, thanks to a wonderful joint performance by Trent Boult and Matt Henry. And then, when it was their turn to bat, they had three batsmen scoring 80s and the lower order wagging a bit, to post a total almost close to 400. That momentum helped them as they just ran through a insipid batting lineup of England in the third innings, with batsmen just not knowing whether to attack or defend. It was the duo of Henry and Wagner this time, which ensured that New Zealand did not have too much to chase.
Things were not quite in New Zealand's favour at the start of this Test. They first had BJ Watling ruled out and then skipper Kane Williamson sit out. And when the line-ups were announced at the toss, my word, there were as many as 6 changes! But while it did seem to affect them for a brief period as England rollicked away to 67/0 at Lunch on Day 1, they came back strongly. Boy and since then, it has been their Test match.
Just the third Test series win for New Zealand in England. 1986, 1999 and now, in 2021. This is a golden age for New Zealand cricket and they might as well make the most of it. They have won this Test with a day and a half to spare, which shows their dominance. They are well and truly tuned up for the World Test Championship final.
FOUR! SPLENDID WIN FOR NEW ZEALAND! Outside off, on a length, Tom Latham just guides it behind point and then punches his fists in the air. Then runs down the track and punches fists with Ross Taylor, before embracing him. VICTORY BY 8 WICKETS AND SERIES WON 1-0! 41/2
Outside off, angling in, Tom shoulders arms.
FOUR! SCORES LEVEL! Around middle and leg, Latham just helps it through square leg and the ball races away. Would he hit the winning run (s) as well?
Around off, fuller, pushed towards mid on.
Landed outside off, pretty wide, moving away, Tom Latham looks to cut but cannot reach it.
Ross Taylor comes in at number 4, for the finishing duties. Meanwhile, Mark Wood comes on for a short burst. 25-3-85-2 in the first dig.
OUT! BOWLED! A drag on. Young never looked settled at the crease. Was always trying to play a bit too many shots without much feet movement. A length ball, outside off, Will Young plays a pretty loose shot, aiming to hit this through the covers but the feet don't move and the result is an inside edge, which hits the stumps. 33/2
Full and wide outside off, swinging away, left alone.
FOUR! A bit too short outside off, Will Young punches this through point for a boundary.
Full, outside off, pretty wide, Young lets it pass again.
Outside off, on a length, Will Young shoulders arms.
Around middle, swinging down, tucked towards fine leg for a single. 9 more needed for a win now.
First bowling change of the innings. Olly Stone it will be. 24-5-92-2 in the first innings.
Outside off, pretty wide, fractionally short, there to be cut and Will cuts. But there is no will to move his feet and he gets a bottom edge which goes on the bounce to the slip cordon. 28/1
Good length ball, around off, pushed back down the ground.
This one comes back in a long way from outside off, Young taps it to the leg side.
Landed outside off, Will Young pushes it towards point.
Around middle, swinging in, flicked towards short mid-wicket.
Around off, pushed to the off side for a single.
On a length, outside off, Will lets it pass. 27/1
Full, outside off, Young pushes it towards mid off.
DIRECT HIT WOULD HAVE GOT LATHAM. Around middle, Tom pushes it towards mid on and sets off for a quick single. Mark Wood comes in quickly, gets to the ball, dives and then attempts an under-arm throw at the bowler's end. Misses the stumps. It is a NO BALL as well. The stand moves to 21.
A short ball, outside off, Latham bails out of the pull. A late call of WIDE by the square leg umpire Richard Kettleborough. Broad is a bit disgruntled by that.
Full, outside off, Tom Latham shoulders arms.
On a good length, outside off, pushed through the covers for a couple.
Full, around off, swinging in, Will Young tucks it towards fine leg for a single.
Full, outside off, left alone.
On a length, outside off, pushed towards cover. 21/1
This one bounce off a length, around middle and leg, Latham looks to tuck it away but the ball suddenly shoots up, hits the glove and lobs towards square leg. The impact forces the bat to be pushed away from the hand.
Outside off, on a length, let through.
FOUR! MARVELLOUS! On a length, around middle, Tom Latham drives this straight back down the ground, through the vacant mid on region. Moves to 10 and New Zealand need 17 more.
On a good length, around middle, pushed uppishly towards mid on. Drops down on the pitch.
Around off, coming in, pushed towards mid on.
Play and a miss! This small passage of play is testing New Zealand's batting skills. Are they looking at this game already done and dusted with? Their minds don't seem to be on the game at present. Full, wide outside off, swinging away, WY plays an airy-fairy drive and misses comprehensively. No feet movement. 17/1
Landed outside off, again an indecision from Will. He wants to play at this one but then realizes that it is too wide to be played at. Lets it pass.
Full, outside off, tempting to be driven, Young is not the one to be tempted.
A quick short ball, outside off, coming in, Will Young looks to pull but misses and is hit just over the box. Ouch.
Full, outside off, pretty wide, left alone.
4000 RUNS IN TEST CRICKET FOR TOM LATHAM! Fine milestone for the stand-in captain, who has become a rock in New Zealand's batting now. Gets there with a gentle push towards point for a single.
Close, close call. Full, outside off, Will Young thinks about going after it, aiming to drive but then thinks the better of it and pulls his bat out. Is late and gets beaten, almost nicking it. 16/1
Full, just around off, watchfully defended.
Landed outside off, let through.
Around middle, nudged towards short mid-wicket for a quick single. The fielder gets across to his right from square leg, picks the ball up and has a shy at the bowler's end. Latham is well in but the throw hits his bat or pad and deflects past the man backing up at mid off. There is a chance of an overthrow but we all know that if there was a Fairplay Award in international cricket, which team would win it. Accordingly, Latham does not run.
Outside off, let through again.
Full, outside off, a touch wide, left alone.
Beautifully bowled and equally well kept too. And yes, not to forget, fine judgement by Young. On a good length, just outside off. Now, from that length and line, it is difficult to judge whether to play at it or leave it. But Will knows where his off stump is and shoulders arms. The ball goes just past the off stump. Now, the keeping aspect. James Bracey gets across to his right to collect but then the ball wobbles in the air and comes to his left. He reacts well and takes it cleanly. Keeping is perhaps the most difficult in England, be it sunny or overcast. 15/1
Full, around off, driven straight to mid on.
On a good length, fractionally wide outside off, left alone by Will Young.
Very full, on off, pushed towards short mid-wicket.
Around off, moving away, left alone.
Full, around off, pushed towards mid on.
Half volley outside off, punched on the up through the covers. Three runs to get off the mark. 15/1
Full, outside off, pushed towards point.
Landed outside off, fuller in length, swinging away, left alone by Will Young. Called as as NO BALL for overstepping, by the third umpire.
Outside off, extra bounce, pushed towards cover for a single.
FOUR LEG BYES! A bit too straight, Latham looks to clip it fine but misses. But the ball takes a part of his hip and flies over and wide of James Bracey, to his right, to the fine leg fence. 28 more to win now.
Around middle, nudged towards short mid-wicket.
Ooohhh... almost a carbon copy of the previous dismissal. James Anderson runs in from around the wicket at a pretty wide angle. He then makes the ball to come in off a length and Tom Latham is forced into playing that. Or that is what he thinks. Because in the end, he tries leaving it. Gets beaten.
Will Young walks in at number 3, replacing Devon Conway.
OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Broad strikes early again. Conway cannot finish off the game for his side. Full, outside off, pretty wide, Devon Conway looks to push at the ball away from his body but his feet do not move as much. All he manages is a thick outside edge and keeper James Bracey takes a simple catch. 6/1
Taking a cue from his partner. Latham gets off the mark in a similar fashion to Conway. Only this ball is wider than the one bowled to Conway and Tom has to reach out. But he opens the face of his bat neatly, gets to the pitch of the ball, in spite of reaching out and guides it behind point for three.
On a length, outside off, Tom Latham shoulders arms.
First ball which hits the bat in this innings. And straightaway, runs come. Full, outside off, closer than the previous ones, Devon opens the face of his bat slightly, plays this late and guides this with soft hands between third slip and gully. Doesn't have the legs to reach the fence and the batsmen take three.
Wide ball again, fuller, only this one straightens a touch after pitching. Same response from Conway. Shoulders arms.
Full, outside off, from around the wicket, from a very wide angle, bowling it wide as well, even if it comes in, it still is wide to be chased after and Devon Conway shoulders arms.
Stuart Broad to bowl from the other end.
Full, outside off, closer than the previous one, left alone once again to mark it as a maiden. 0/0
Landed outside off, wide again, shouldered arms to.
And again. Action replay of the previous delivery.
Fuller, outside off, closer than the previous ones but wide enough to be left alone.
Landed on a good length, wider outside off, let through again.
On a length, outside off, left alone.