New Zealand thrash England in second Test to seal series win

New Zealand thrash England in second Test to seal series win


BIRMINGHAM – New Zealand overpowered England by eight wickets in the second Test at Edgbaston on Sunday as they sealed a 1-0 series win with more than a day to spare.

Set a target of just 38 after England tailender Olly Stone was out to the very first ball of the fourth day, the Blackcaps finished on 41-2.

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Stand-in captain Tom Latham, leading the team in place of the injured Kane Williamson, hit the winning boundary to be 23 not out after the first Test of a two-match series at Lord's ended in a draw last week.

Victory gave New Zealand just a third win in 18 Test series in England and a first this century after their 1986 and 1999 triumphs.

Matt Henry, one of an extraordinary six changes to the New Zealand side that played at Lord's, took the first three wickets to fall in a return of 3-36, with Neil Wagner following up with 3-18.

Such is the Blackcaps' strength in depth, however, that either bowler could be replaced by the rested Tim Southee when New Zealand face India in next week's inaugural World Test Championship final at Southampton.

Brief scores

England 1st Innings 303 (D Lawrence 81 no, R Burns 81; T Boult 4-85, M Henry 3-78)

New Zealand 1st Innings 388 (W Young 82, D Conway 80, R Taylor 80; S Broad 4-48)

England 2nd Innings 122 (N Wagner 3-18, M Henry 3-36)

New Zealand 2nd Innings 41-2

Result: New Zealand won by eight wickets

Series: New Zealand win two-match series 1-0


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