New Zealand set England a record fourth innings target of 455 thanks to excellent lower order contributions before rain consumed almost two sessions of the fourth day of the second Test at Headingley in Leeds.
Adam Lyth reached his maiden Test century - on his home ground - before New Zealand fought back late on and England finished the second day of the second Test at Headingley 97 runs behind with five wickets in hand.
New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Luke Ronchi expressed his happiness at making his Test debut in the second game against England wherein he scored 88 runs in just 70 balls in a rain curtailed first day at Headingley.
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.