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.
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.