A stellar New Zealand bagged the series with a comprehensive eight-wicket win against England in Birmingham on the fourth day of the second Test. After having bowled out England for their overnight score of 122, they chased down the required 38 runs in 10.5 overs to cruise to victory on Sunday (June 13) that helped them seal their first series on English soil since 1999.
It took Trent Boult just one ball to quash any hope of England extending their overnight lead of 37, ekeing out an edge off Olly Stone’s bat. England were bowled out for 122, leaving New Zealand a paltry total to chase down. Although they lost Devon Conway and Will Young on the way, skipper Tom Latham hit the winning runs to take New Zealand to only their third series victory in England.
New Zealand had made as many as six changes from the first Test with even regular skipper Kane Williamson missing out. Yet, the replacement personnel were impressive leaving New Zealand with a happy selection headache ahead of the impending World Test Championship final. England have a lot of thinking to do after their dismal batting performances, but it was their poor catching that cost them in the end that allowed New Zealand to get away with more than they’d have hoped.
Brief scores: England 303 & 122 (Ollie Pope 23, Mark Wood 29; Matt Henry 3-36, Neil Wagner 3-18, Trent Boult 2-34, Ajaz Patel 2-25) lost to New Zealand 388 & 41/2 Tom Latham 23*) by eight wickets.