|Second Test, Seddon Park, Hamilton (day 5 of 5):|
|Unique Zealand 375 (Latham 105) & 241-2 (Williamson 104*, Taylor 105*)|
|England 476 (Root 226, Burns 101; Wagner 5-124)|
|Match drawn; Unique Zealand received sequence 1-0|
Unique Zealand sealed a 1-0 sequence take over England as Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor centuries helped real a method within the 2d Test in Hamilton.
Captain Williamson made an unbeaten 104 and Taylor 105 no longer out as they guided Unique Zealand to 241-2 – a lead of 140 – sooner than rain ended play early.
England were unable to clutch a wicket within the 41 overs that you just would possibly well maybe possibly call to mind within the day.
The vacationers, who misplaced the most main Test by an innings and 65 runs, comprise no longer received in Unique Zealand since 2008.
Even though England – below new coach Chris Silverwood – received the Twenty20 sequence that preceded the Assessments, they cease the one year with out a Test sequence victory for the most main time since 1999.
They plug back and forth to South Africa for a four-Test sequence starting up on 26 December.
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Williamson survives ‘worst fall in history’
Williamson and Taylor had fought their manner by an elegant night session on the fourth day, however the inconsistent leap that England had discovered then all but disappeared overnight.
Despite that, Williamson provided two possibilities – both straight forward – but England were unable to clutch them.
He gloved a Ben Stokes instant ball down the leg aspect on 39 but Ollie Pope, maintaining for much less than the sixth time in a indispensable-class match, would possibly well maybe moreover no longer capture on as he dived to his left.
Worthy worse became once Joe Denly’s plug over with Williamson on 62. Outfoxed by a Jofra Archer slower ball, Williamson lobbed the tamest of catches to mid-wicket, where Denly let the ball breeze out of his fingertips in what became once described by BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew as “the worst fall in Test history”.
Williamson and Taylor grew in confidence in opposition to England’s instant-ball ways, putting on 213 with a aggregate of pulls and gentle-weight dabs to the third man boundary.
The skipper, who would were ride out for 97 had Sam Curran no longer uncared for with a throw from mid-off, reached three figures first by gently flicking Joe Root off his pads for his 21st Test century.
Taylor reached his hundred by hitting Root for successive sixes shortly after turning into the 2d Unique Zealander to realize 7,000 Test runs.
Rain forced the gamers off two balls later, and play became once deserted at 03: 00 GMT, the scheduled birth of the final session.
England aloof with inquiries to answer to
The two-match sequence became once no longer share of the Test World Championship and, even when England live third within the World Cricket Council rankings, there is quite a bit to ponder provided that they comprise got received only four of 11 Assessments this one year.
Root’s 226 at Seddon Park became once a welcome return to plan, whereas Rory Burns persevered to level the maturity he demonstrated within the summer season with his 2d Test century.
Nonetheless, England’s heart give an explanation for is aloof a long way from settled, and their bowling assault once more didn’t clutch 20 wickets in a match, albeit in placid stipulations and in a rain-affected match.
Chris Woakes, recalled for the 2d Test, became once the standout bowler and fellow all-rounder Sam Curran showed he can expend his adaptations to correct pause.
Nonetheless Jack Leach became once dropped for the final Test after struggling in Mount Maunganui for the consistency that England need from their spinner.
Archer moreover had an elegant sequence, ending the sequence with two wickets at an moderate of 104.50, and there are considerations over Ben Stokes’ lengthy-term health after he became once restricted by a knee damage in Hamilton.
England began this tour announcing they’d indicate extra patience with the bat. Whereas they did that to an extent within the 2d Test, there are aloof frailties there that will seemingly be exploited on the bouncier South African pitches.
‘We deserve to be more difficult to beat’ – what they acknowledged
England captain Joe Root: “We’re a aspect that wants to study reasonably rapidly and wishes to become reasonably resilient in these stipulations.
“We deserve to become a extraordinary more difficult aspect to beat, within the starting up, after which plug on and take video games. Equally, we deserve to catch in fact huge totals and put facets below stress.”
Ex-England batsman Ticket Ramprakash on BBC Test Match Special: “Chris Silverwood will mirror on England getting some correct, laborious cricket below their belt in opposition to a correct Unique Zealand aspect.
“That will stand them in correct stead for the South Africa sequence.”
Unique Zealand captain Kane Williamson: “It became once a immense sequence for us. It became once a immense combating effort over the final couple of weeks. We know the method solid the England aspect is.
“To lose both tosses but to capture exhibiting that fight became once in fact graceful to search out.”