New Zealand register Test series win over England

Ruben Hill
December 3, 2019

England will be battling the weather on the final day in Hamilton as they bid to level the Test series against New Zealand.

England's slim chances of levelling the test series against the Black Caps spilt through their hands on Tuesday morning.

The first came in the fourth over of the day when Ben Stokes, the man to drop BJ Watling on 31 en route to a double century in the first Test, fired one into the New Zealand captain's ribs and found the glove, only for Pope to snatch at a seemingly regulation diving catch down leg.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson admitted he was grateful for Joe Denly's butter fingers after helping the Black Caps close out a series victory over England at Hamilton. Taylor, meanwhile, became only the second New Zealand batsman after Stephen Fleming to breach the 7000-run barrier in Test cricket, with his 83rd run in this knock.

The tourists earned a 101-run first-innings lead after they were all out for 476 on the penultimate day of the second Test - largely thanks to Joe Root's sensational 226 which marked the Yorkshireman's return to form.

Rain allowed Williamson and Taylor just enough time to reach their personal milestones in a match clearly headed towards a stalemate.

Williamson, on 53 at the time, spooned a full length delivery straight to Denly at short mid-wicket, only for the ball to pop out.

But Denly let it fall through his hands, also being unable to pouch it on the second attempt as it fell softly to the ground - horrifying Archer, who had already wheeled away in glee.

Though they have only themselves to blame, Denly wasn't the only one to drop Williamson.

Williamson had another life when he should have been run out on 97 but Sam Curran's shy at the stumps was so far off line that the batsmen picked up an extra run.

Two balls after Taylor had raised his bat and poked his tongue out in his signature celebration, the rain arrived to wash out England's faint hopes.

New Zealand will carry confidence across the Tasman for a three-Test showdown against Australia starting in Perth next week, having made it six successive home series wins.

The squad will be hopeful to have Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme fit again after the duo missed the second test through injuries.

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