It’s a pity that the most competitive amongst all the currently played test series in last couple of months does not form a part of the World test championships. After a brilliant final day performance in a race against time, New Zealand beat England in first test and are currently having the edge at the end of day 2 of the 2nd test at Hamilton. New Zealand batted first and Tom Latham maintained his new found status as New Zealand’s next best after Kane Williamson by scoring a typically resilient but neat test match hundred with deft strokeplay .However he could not convert his 105 into a bigger hundred and was bowled by Broad without playing any shot. There were good half centuries from Ross Taylor (53) and BJ Watling (55) but the player who caught the eye on 2nd day was debutant Daryll Mitchell who played a wonderful knock of 73 showing a fine array of strokeplay on both sides of the wicket, playing the drive and pull with equal confidence and timing his strokes beautifully . At 28 he is no spring chicken but can have a decent few years at top level if his first test knock is anything to go by. He looks a better batsman than the injured player he replaced for this game, Dgrandhome. New Zealand finally scored 375 with Stuart Broad being the most successful England bowler with 4 wickets followed by impressive Chris Woakes with 3.
England in reply were 39/2 at the end of day 2 and were already jolted by Southee and Henry who dismissed Sibley and Denly respectively with fine exhibition of seam bowling. All depends now on Rory Burns (24no) and Root with Stokes to follow. England needs to win this test to level the series.