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2nd test drawn . New Zealand win series 1-0

Twin hundreds dash Englands hopes of victory

Kane Williamson (104no) and Ross Taylor (105 no) showed fine exhibition of test match batting to score twin hundreds to put New Zesland out of any potential trouble on the last day of 2nd test. When rains finally stopped play for good, the Blackcaps were 241/2 and already 140 ahead and a drawn test a forgone conclusion.  England had their chances as they dropped Williamson twice ,however with the docile nature of the pitch and the quality of batting that New Zealand poccessed in the later order, those missed chances may not have made much of a difference.

Thus it was a fine series win by the Blackcaps by 1-0 and will give them good confidence ahead of the Australian series. A pity that this test series was not a part of World test championships.

For New Zealand , Man of the series , Neil Wagner was the premier bowler and upstaged his more illustrious compatriots Boult and Southee by claiming 13 wickets for the series including a match winning 8 wicket haul in 1st test. The batting looked solid all the way through with BJ Walting (260) totalling the highest number of runs and Latham, Taylor ,Williamson and even Mitch Santner ,all scoring a century each in the short series. Daryl Mitchell had a bright test debut. The only issue faced by the Blackcaps as of now  is the lack of a consistent opener to partner Tom Latham.

For England , the welcome return to form of Joe Root (239 runs in the series) with a double ton is great news. Rory Burns (184) played solidly as ever to enhance his reputation and there were good knocks here and there by others but one bad day  costed England the series. The bowling seemed to lack bite on the flat tracks through Broad, Curran and Woakes came up with some good isolated spells. Pitches were too dead for Jofra Archer to make any impact.

Focus now shifts to Australia v New Zealand test series.

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