NEW ZEALAND TRIUMPH – ONE OF THE GREATEST-EVER CRICKET TEST MATCHES

New Zealand’s nail-biting heart-stopping one run win over England to square the series 1-1 at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on Tuesday was most definitely one of the greatest test finishes of all time.

Black Caps Celebrate

To come from where they were at one stage early in the test to even have a chance of beating this brilliant England side on a 10 match unbeaten run was amazing. To win it was almost unthinkable until late on that fifth and last day.

It was just the fourth time in test cricket history that a team won after being forced to follow on and just the second time in 2,494 men’s tests that a match was decided by just one run and of course it broke a seven match win drought for the Black Caps.

Oh No ... here we go again !!

It’s almost beyond belief that somehow from 103-7 in their first innings replying to England’s 438-8 declared New Zealand clawed their way back, never gave up and did just enough to win.

England’s new batting sensation Harry Brook got a harsh reminder of how unforgiving cricket can be sometimes. After a magnificent 186 from just 176 deliveries in England’s first innings, he was run out without facing a ball in the second.

Joe Root was the guilty party but he too must be wondering how after scoring 153 not out in the first innings and 95 in the second he still ended up on the losing side.

Neil Wagner - keeping the pressure on.

New Zealand’s was very much a team effort and although pace bowler Neil Wagner did most of the damage on day five, there were significant contributions from Kane Williamson with another fine century, opener Tom Latham played two crucial knocks  of 35 and 83 as did wicket-keeper Tom Blundell scoring 38 and 90 and taking a fine catch to end the game.

Tim Southee’s first innings knock of 73 from 49 balls and Darryl Mitchell with a quick-fire second innings half century all played crucial roles.

Tom Blundell in action..

Joining us on absolutelyfamous to talk about that thrilling contest is former Canterbury left-arm spinner and former Canterbury coach Garry McDonald who was at the Basin Reserve to see the drama unfold

Interview & Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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