England 307 (Bairstow 101) & 352 – 9 dec (Root 54, Malan 53)
New Zealand 278 (Watling 85, Grandhomme 72) & 256-8 (Sodhi 56)
Second Test, Christchurch, day five
Result - Draw
England failed to win the second Test mainly due to stubborn resistance from Ish Sodhi for New Zealand who registered a great Test series win over England.
England couldn’t have started the day any better with Stuart Broad taking wickets with his first two deliveries – removing Raval and then Williamson first ball.
However, that elusive overseas test match win for England was not to be and England will be going home without a Test win overseas since 2016. There will be much to think about for England’s selectors for the upcoming series in the summer, against Pakistan and India not least, the viability of Alastair Cook.
Watling (19), Grandhomme (45) , Sodhi(56) and Wagner (7) ground out a memorable draw for the Black Caps and with it a famous series win against England. It wasn’t the New Zealand batsmen score that was significant; it was that between them, they consumed 525 balls against the England bowling attack.
Joe Root tried everything. He bowled seven bowlers including himself and Dawid Malan and on a positive note, Leach finished with figures of 32-15-61-2 picking up his first Test wickets. Anderson also passed Courtney Walsh record of most balls bowled by a Test match bowler in history!