New Zealand’s test tour to England culminated on Monday, with the hosts sweeping the three-match series. The domination of the English side on this site was exemplary. Kiwis were from no angle an uncompetitive side, but the new brand of test cricket from England put them aside completely. Let’s visit some significant flashes and milestones from the series in this article.
ENGLAND’S NEW BRAND OF TEST CRICKET
It was the first time a team chased 250+ scores in three consecutive test matches. England achieved this feat by pursuing 277 in Lords, 299 at Trent Bridge, and 296 at the Headingly Oval. The best part about these run chases was the scoring rates. The overall run rate of the English side across three matches was 4.54, which is the most for any team that has batted more than five times in a series. The run rates in chases at the Headingly and Trent Bridge were 5.98 and 5.44, respectively.
All in all, the new brand of cricket that England has adopted under Brendon McCullum is yielding fruits. Not so long ago, the English test team was suffering mayhem. The new duo of McCullum as coach and Stokes as captain seems like a fortune-changing one for the three lions.
Johnny Bairstow was instrumental for the hosts across the test series. He scored second fastest 50, second-fastest 100, and second-fastest 150 for England, all in one series. His strike rate throughout the three matches was phenomenal, to say the least. Three hundred ninety-four runs with over a strike rate of 120 (120.12 to be precise) are the second-best for any player facing 300+ balls in a Test series. The only better record is Shahid Afridi’s 121.32 against India in 2006.
DARYL MITCHELL’S HEROICS
The encouraging part for the visitors was the performance of the top-order batter, Daryl Mitchell. He scored 538 runs throughout the series, the most for any blackcaps player in a three-match test series. This feat included three tremendous centuries. Moreover, he became the first New Zealand cricketer to score five consecutive 50s in test cricket.
BEWARE OF THE ‘DANGEROUS’ ENGLAND
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