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LEEDS---New Zealand s bold
approach to Test cricket was further
vindicated with a 199-run win over
England in the second Test yesterday,
tying an enthralling series 1-1 and
maintaining the Black Caps two-year
undefeated run in the longer format.
England began the fifth day at Head-
ingley on 44-0, needing a Test-record
455 to win, but never recovered from
losing four wickets for 15 runs in the
first hour and was dismissed for 255.
While the result denies England a
series victory heading into the Ashes,
even captain Alastair Cook couldn t
argue that New Zealand deserved some
reward for its inventive and adventurous
style of play that has earned the team
many admirers over the past two weeks.
New Zealand scored more than 800
runs in the second Test and more than
1,500 in the series, at times going along
at run rates that wouldn t have looked
out of place in One-Day matches.
"It s how we want to play the game,"
New Zealand captain Brendan McCul-
lum said. "It s not always easy to remain
true to your beliefs when you re under
"The guys bought into it, played an
attacking brand of cricket and gave
ourselves every opportunity to force a
England won a thrilling first Test at
Lord s and Cook said it was a shame
there couldn t be a decider.
"If you re a boxing promoter, you d
want a rematch right there," he said.
England desperately required another
stoic rearguard action from Cook as
wickets tumbled around him in the
first session. But his departure for 56---
by which time he d become the
youngest player ever to reach 9,000
career Test runs---exposed the tail at
141-6 an hour after tea and the writing
was on the wall.
The end came 55 minutes into the
final session---and after 78.5 overs in
the day---when Mark Craig trapped Jos
Buttler lbw for a team-high 73, sparking
Kiwi celebrations that were briefly cut
short while England reviewed. It ended
up being plumb.
For England, the game turned on
Day 2 when it collapsed from 177-0 to
253-5, chasing 350. New Zealand also
took all its catches, which can t be said
of England---especially in the slips.
"We were right in the game," Cook
said. "We haven t nailed the opportu-
England batsman Joe Root said the
team would go "all guns blazing" yes-
terday for the remaining runs needed
to win the Test. That didn t prove to
be the case.
The English crawled along at the
start, scoring 14 runs in the first 11
overs and it soon became clear a draw
was all the team was playing for. How-
ever, wickets soon began to fall under
a cloudy sky.
Adam Lyth edged left-arm paceman
Trent Boult to wicketkeeper Luke
Ronchi without adding to his overnight
24. In came Gary Ballance (6), who
lasted 26 balls before Boult arrowed in
a delivery that glanced off the batsman s
pads and cleaned out the stumps.
Like Ballance, Ian Bell (1) is short of
form before the Ashes and he departed
by nicking Craig to Williamson at leg
slip after ten balls. Since his century
against West Indies at North Sound,
Bell has scored 55 in eight innings, aver-
Craig removed Root for a duck two
balls later but it owed more to the
amazing reflexes of Tom Latham, who
took a brilliant catch at short leg.
Ballance, Bell and Root departed in
the space of 19 balls, and Ben Stokes
(29) chopped at Williamson in the spin-
ner s first over for Ronchi to take a
sharp catch just before lunch.
Afforded the luxury of surrounding
the bat and having intimidating field
placings, New Zealand was further
boosted by the departure of Cook and
removed Moeen Ali for 2 and Stuart
Broad for 23 before tea.
Craig took a fine catch in the slips
from Tim Southee to get rid of Mark
Wood for 17 and Buttler was last to go.
in 2nd Test
New Zealand 1st Innings: 350
England 1st Innings: 350
New Zealand 2nd Innings: 454-8
England 2nd Innings
A Lyth c Ronchi b Boult ....................24
A Cook lbw Williamson .....................56
G Ballance b Boult ...................................6
I Bell c Williamson b Craig ..................1
J Root c Latham b Craig ......................0
B Stokes c Ronchi b Williamson .29
J Buttler lbw Craig ................................73
M Ali b Henry ..............................................2
S Broad b Williamson .........................23
M Wood c Craig b Southee .............17
J Anderson not out .................................8
Extras: (12b, 2lb, 2w) ..........................16
TOTAL: (all out) 255
Fall of wickets: 1-47, 2-61, 3-62, 4-
62, 5-102, 6-141, 7-153, 8-188, 9-230
Bowling: Trent Boult 23-4-61-2, Tim
Southee 18-7-43-1 (1w), Mark Craig
31.5-12-73-3, Matt Henry 12-2-49-1
(1w), Kane Williamson 7-1-15-3
Result: New Zealand wins by 199
runs, series drawn 1-1
Umpires: Sundaram Ravi, India, and
Rod Tucker, Australia
Third umpire: Marais Erasmus,
South Africa. Match referee: David
England's Ben Stokes, centre, reacts after being caught for 2 by New Zealand's Luke Ronchi, left, off the
bowling of Kane Williamson on the fifth day of the second Test match between England and New Zealand at
Headingley cricket ground in Leeds, England, yesterday. New Zealand won by 199 runs to level the series 1-1.
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