× Cricket NewsTips and TricksPrivacy PolicyTerms And Conditions
Subscribe To Our Newsletter

England have a chance at a stunning Second Test victory as they rip through New Zealand following Joe Root's heroics on Day 4.

ENGLAND dream of a spectacular win after securing a lot of late scalps in the Second Test.

Although the match seemed set for a draw, New Zealand panicked and began to lose wickets with a series of soft dismissals, including two run outs.

Joe Root looked stunning for England against New Zealand

England's Ben Stokes dismisses Will Young, a New Zealand batsman

Even though England didn't win, they showed aggression and confidence to bring themselves back into the match after losing 553 runs in the first innings.

England won seven wickets in 69 runs, including six in 32. The Kiwis are now leading 238.

Nottinghamshire is offering free last-day admission to Trent Bridge. It could be a great deal. This match was played fast forward and shows no signs of slowing down.

Matthew Potts was a good bowler and took two wickets, while Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, and Jack Leach shared the rest.




Enjoy PS60 Free Bets to Spend at Royal Ascot With Paddy Power. 18+ T&Cs Apply



Royal Ascot's most shocking moments, from topless fights and Michael Owen's tears

Spinner Leach worked for nearly four hours and failed to control drift or take significant turns from the fourth-day-worn surface.

Before attempting to run against a weak New Zealand attack, England needs to finish off New Zealand's second innings.

Kyle Jamieson, 6ft 8ins, will not be able to bowl due to a bad back. However, he will bat after not being in his usual position at No.8.

Victory would allow Ben Stokes to get off to a winning start as a new captain, with back-toback wins following the Lord's victory.

Daryl Mitchell has already scored two centuries in this series, with 190 in the first. A Blackcaps win or draw are possible outcomes.

Ben Foakes (wicketkeeper) scored 56 runs in England's first innings. The final session saw so much happen in such a short time that all three results were possible.

"It's almost Indian cricket, where 500 players play 500 and the action takes place at the end.

Michael Bracewell, a debutant Kiwi all-rounder, insisted that they had never considered playing for a draw.

He said, "We are pretty certain there will be a result so it was important to get as many runs possible. We are seeing more bounce and turn on the wicket. We love to play in a super-positive manner."

New Zealand started their second innings with 14 runs ahead after England scored 66-5 during the morning session.

Anderson quickly persuaded Tom Latham that he should shoulder arms. However, the ball sank into his stumps.

Devon Conway and Will Young put on 100 runs for the second wicket. There were not many alarms. Conway hit four backswings against Leach, but then, after reaching his half century, he shot a slog sweep and Jonny Bairstow caught the catch from deep midwicket.

Henry Nicholls didn't last long, and cut Potts right to Alex Lees at the backward point in their first over after tea.

Stuart Broad celebrates Tom Blundell's wicket

In a mismatch Mitchell and Young were guilty of ball-watching, Young was then run out. Ollie Pope chose the right end and threw at Stokes, who flicked Young's stumps a few inches short.

Tom Blundell was caught behind Leach on 15, but a review revealed that there was no edge. He then pulled Broad to Stokes at the backward square leg.

Stokes and other fielders pointed immediately to the England balcony, which looked like Brendon McCullum's plan.

Bracewell hit Leach twice for four, and then pulled a ball from Broad into a crowd. However, a second attempt at a big hit failed mid-air.

Mitchell was then involved in another run-out with Tim Southee, the victim.

England's attacking intent was clear right from the start. Foakes covered his first two balls for four, and Joe Root created a remarkable reverse ramp off Southee's second delivery.

From the moment Root was caught at the cover for 176 by Trent Boult, the flood of runs slowed.

Boult managed to score five wickets in just 33.3 overs. This was a remarkable effort considering England's total of 539 runs.

More Information on Looking for a Duck



My wife chose the name of our child. She isn't talking to me, but her choice is insane.



Martin Lewis encourages drivers to use a simple trick to fill their cars for less

Broad attempted to drive against Bracewell, but was stopped by Mitchell at slip.

Foakes was thrown out by a mix-up of Potts and Boult, who then yorked Foakes. Anderson was the last man out and was beaten off by Bracewell.