England suffered their first home series loss since 2014 when New Zealand claimed a full eight-wicket victory in the second round at Edgbaston; The 1-0 series win is the Black Caps’ first win in England in 22 years
New Zealand clinched its first test series victory in England since 1999 after taking just under an hour to close out an eight-wicket victory on day four of the second test at Edgbaston.
While the Black Caps may celebrate a famous triumph ahead of the World Test Championship final against India on Friday, England have to accept a first test series loss at home in seven years.
Trent Boult (2-34) made sure there would be no heroics from England’s tail as he had Olly Stone (15) trapped behind with the first ball of the day, causing laughter from the sparse Edgbaston crowd, to finish with the hosts’ miserable second entries at 122.
That left New Zealand with just 38 to win the match and although Stuart Broad knocked out Devon Conway (3) early and Stone pitched Will Young (8), backup captain Tom Latham (23rd) was there at the end when the Black Caps they secured only their third series wins in England.
The victory also brings New Zealand to the top of the ICC Test rankings, ahead of India, before their clash in the Ageas Bowl.
England will look to a calamitous bat effort on day three as the main reason for the loss as they fell to 76-7 on what was a fairly flat pitch at Birmingham and resumed at 122-9, losing their last ground when Boult he snorted for the first time on day four and Stone passed it to Tom Blundell behind the stumps.
New Zealand series player Conway suffered his first test cricket failure when he got ahead of James Bracey, pushing a ball that Broad had hung out in the second envelope of the chase.
However, there was no more nervousness on the part of the Kiwis as Latham and Young calmly led the visitors to five of their goal before the latter dragged the ball towards his stumps trying to hit Stone offside.
However, it was all more than six balls later, when Latham sent the ball to the limit of the third man to complete the victory of New Zealand, who can now add 2021 to 1986 and 1999 to the list of their test series victories. In England.
After making six changes for the second round, Kane Williamson and Gary Stead will have to make some tough selection decisions over the next few days as the focus turns to the inaugural World Test Championship final.
Meanwhile, after a first test series loss at home since they were beaten 1-0 by Sri Lanka in 2014, Joe Root’s team has to wait more than six weeks to try to fix things in the first of the five tests against India.
“You can have bad sessions with the ball sometimes but you can’t have a session like that with the bat.
“That’s where it really cost us. Of course we could have been better in other areas as well and throughout the game New Zealand definitely beat us.”
“It was a fantastic performance this game and also a solid performance in the first game, so it was good to back that up.
“I thought the guys were adapting very well to the changing conditions and we saw a much stronger performance in this one with bat and ball. We are aware that every time you come here cricket is difficult and yesterday we saw how things can change quickly. also.
“We had one of those crazy sessions where the momentum of the game turned in our favor – it was an amazing session or a session and a half and we were focused on our cricket.”