They say a week is a long time in politics. Well, it certainly is a long time in the life of the England cricket team, writes Rob Johnston as he previews the second Test between England and New Zealand at Headingley.
England are the 11/10 favourites to win the second Test against New Zealand and William Hill can report that over 90% of the early bets have been for Alastair Cook’s team, in what looks like a remarkable turnaround.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes, whose impactful contributions were influential in his side's 124-run win over New Zealand at Lord’s, was all praise for his vice-captain Joe Root’s amazing consistency with the bat.
England players, led by all-rounder Ben Stokes, have had risen up the latest Test rankings released by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after their 124-run win over New Zealand at Lord’s on Monday.
England completed a remarkable turnaround on the back of all-round efforts from Ben Stokes and a gritty century by skipper Alastair Cook, winning the First Test against New Zealand at Lord’s by 124 runs even after conceding a 134-run lead in the first innings.
Alastair Cook played right through the day for an unbeaten 153 to guide England to safety and much more as they coasted to a 295-run lead at stumps on day four of the First Test against New Zealand at Lord’s.
Kane Williamson hit a brilliant century to help New Zealand to establish a healthy lead before their bowlers took two quick England wickets to put their team well ahead in spite of late England resistance before stumps on day three of the First Test at Lord’s.
Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor added an unbeaten 155-run stand for the third wicket after a 148-run opening stand to ensure New Zealand won all three sessions of day two of the First Test against England at Lord's.