2nd Test: Chance for England to level series against New Zealand

2nd Test: Chance for England to level series against New Zealand

2nd Test: Chance for England to level series against New Zealand

New Zealand won the first test in Auckland by an innings and 49 runs and are seeking their first series win over England since 1999.

When bad light ended play 24 overs early in Christchurch, New Zealand were 42 without loss but still 340 runs short of their formidable 382-run target.

While England's new ball bowlers were miserly, with Anderson conceding only nine runs from nine overs and Broad going for 16 off eight, the New Zealand pair did find runs easier to get off Mark Wood who went for 13 off two overs. It was caught by a running James Vince, who dropped Latham earlier in his knock.

Instead, Sodhi joined with Colin de Grandhomme in a seventh-wicket partnership which lasted more than 90 minutes and spanned the crucial period which saw the introduction of the second new ball.

Jonny Bairstow insists Joe Root's England are already stronger for all the travails which have come their way this winter.

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Anderson 26-8-37-1 (1nb), Broad 24-6-72-2, Wood 22-10-45-2, Leach 32-15-61-2, Root 12.4-5-28-1, Stokes 4-3-2-0, Malan 4-1-9-0. "But we know the pressures that come with trying to save a Test match and we'll be looking to nip a couple out early".

"Bar that first innings [in Auckland], it has been incredibly close".

"We've played four Tests this year, I think there's a little bit of frustration, guys want to play more Test cricket", Williamson said.

That result lifts New Zealand past a beleaguered Australia into third place on the world test rankings, trailing only India and South Africa. Hasn't gone as well as we'd liked.

Captain Kane Williamson has expressed unease at the dearth of test cricket for his high-flying team this summer. Shame [not to win], but that's the way it is.

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"We threw absolutely everything at New Zealand today, very proud how we went about it as a group".

Williamson was delighted to have hung on for the draw, and said: "Amazing day of Test cricket".

The tourists could not have made a better start to the day with Stuart Broad taking wickets with his first two deliveries but opener Tom Latham's gritty 83 helped keep England at bay.

"The bowling attack has been brilliant". Nice enough for them to be playing right now, perhaps, rather than the evening gloom. It was a fantastic effort with some great support as well on the bank, the Barmy Army were in full swing.

"We've got three sessions to bowl and take 10 wickets". "There was a bit of drama at the end there but Waggy was really good there. [Beating England?] Very special, first time in a while, first time for us, something we'll enjoy and savour for a long time".

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