New Zealand beat England by eight wickets in the second Test at Edgbaston on Sunday as they won the series 1-0 with more than a day to spare. Setting a target of just 38 after England’s tailender Ollie Stone was dismissed on the very first ball of the fourth day, the Blackcaps finished 41-2. Stand-in captain Tom Latham, who is leading the side in place of injured Kane Williamson, hit the winning boundary after scoring an unbeaten 23 in the first Test of the two-match series that ended in a draw at Lord’s last week.
The win gave New Zealand only their third win in the 18-Test series in England and their first century since the 1986 and 1999 victories.
In contrast, this was England’s first series defeat at home since their 2014 loss to Sri Lanka.
England resumed their second innings on the brink of defeat at 122–9, only after a 37-run lead, following a top-order collapse that had dropped them to 76–7.
Stone then fell for 15 overnight when he sidelined left-arm pacer Trent Boult and finished unbeaten on nil with James Anderson – in his England record 162nd Test -.
But the real damage came on Saturday when England’s top-order failed in an innings where pacer Mark Wood had a top score of 29.
Matt Henry, in one of an extraordinary six changes the New Zealand side played at Lord’s, took the first three wickets in a 3-36 comeback, with Neil Wagner following with 3-18.
The Blackcaps’ strength, however, is so deep, that any bowler can be replaced by rested Tim Southee when New Zealand face India in the opening final of the World Test Championship in Southampton next week.
England 1st Innings 303 (D Lawrence No. 81, R. Burns 81; T. Boult 4-85, M. Henry 3-78)
New Zealand 1st innings 388 (W Young 82, Dee Conway 80, R Taylor 80; S Broad 4-48)
England 2nd Innings 122 (Ann Wagner 3-18, M Henry 3-36)
New Zealand second innings 41-2
result: New Zealand won by eight wickets
Chain: New Zealand won the two-match series 1-0
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