England Vs New Zealand, 3rd Test Crickbuzz Live Score Ball By Ball Commentary - Crictable

England vs New Zealand, 3rd Test

England won by 7 wkts

NZ - 329 & 326
ENG - 360 & 296/3 (54.2)

CRR: 5.45

Player of the Match

Player of the Series

Commentary

Barring the Mitchell-Blundell duo, who were involved in 4 century partnerships this series, there was hardly any support from the rest of the NZ batters. The visitors were guilty of squandering its advantage on multiple occasions. Even the bowling looked clueless whenever the England batters came out all guns blazing against them. lots of areas to improve upon for Williamson and Co. On the other hand, the Stokes-McCullum era is moving in style. 3 successful 275+ run chases in as many games to blank the World Test Champions - that's one helluva statement! Loads of positives as well for them - Bairstow's back-to-back explosive centuries, Potts's impressive show in his debut series, Leach's performance in Headingley (10-wicket haul in the match) and Stokes's captaincy to name a few. its next assignment is against the Indians at Edgbaston, where they'll be finding to square the series. That promises to be another mouth-watering encounter. We enjoyed covering all the 3 Tests, hope you did the same. On that note, it's goodbye from Abhinand Raghavendran on behalf of Pradeep Krishnamurthy and Praveen .

Ben Stokes | England captain: It's gone really well. To walk away with 3-0 series win over the best team in the world is a special start. When I took over this job, it was about changing the mindset of the guys comes Test cricket, was about having fun. Huge amount of credit to Brendon (McCullum) and the backroom staff. Trent Bridge was fantastic. Being 55/6 and to do what we did the manner we did (here), that was something special. Pottsy has taken it like fish to water. This game, he's been incredible. Broady, even at 36, bowled 50 overs this week. I wanted to push the lads to see what they were capable. Fantastic to see Leachy taking 10 wickets. I have never seen a happier dressing room for an individual's success. unusual opposition (India), we still have a series to draw. We'll come out with exactly the same mindset.

Kane Williamson | New Zealand captain: It's been an incredible series, in all 3 matches we have had our opportunities. Credit to the way the English team played. Whenever they were put under pressure, they chose to counterattack and they certainly did that very well no better than this match in particular where we were in a fairly strong position. All in all, a great series. For us, there are a lot of positives, it's a matter of regrouping and finding ahead. They counter-attacked and that's a new thing to its approach and they certainly did that extremely well. They were good in all areas. It was a highly competitive series and they won the fine margins and fine moments which spun the momentum and perhaps the outcome of the match. No doubt they'll try to build on that and move ahead as a side. (On not playing xi a genuine spinner) We sort of opted for the balance, we looked at the surface and were curious how it'd break out. We felt the seamers will play a major role. We saw the ball seaming even today. For us it was frustrating that even with 300 on the board, it still wasn't the easiest surface to bat on. We hoped to create opportunities, but it wasn't to be. It will have been nice for the top-four to contribute more. Everybody wants to give more and more to the group. Certainly love this group and love being a leader within the environment. Great to be out here playing xi alongside these guys and against a strong England team.

Daryl Mitchell | New Zealand's Player of the Series: As a team we want to come over here and win this series. It didn't go our way but I'm very proud of the efforts the boys put in throughout. For me, it's really proud to be part of this group. Any chance to play Test cricket for your country is special. I just try to enjoy each moment and do it wit a smile on my face. (On his preparation for this Test series following IPL) That's the nature of international cricket. You have to constantly keep adapting to unusual formats and unusual conditions very quickly. As seasoned international cricketers, it's just part of the job. (Most special knock?) Lord's is a historic place and is pretty special but every Test hundred is pretty cool. Won't come around everyday, so you make most of them when they come. (On his partnership with Tom Blundell) He's a great man, we spend a lot of match time together at first slip and keeper as well. He's had a great series and did a helluva job behind the stumps.

Joe Root | England's Player of the Series: It was like some of the 50-overs stuff we normally play, he (Bairstow) is hitting the ball so well. I'm sure everyone were enjoying it. He's a phenomenal player, he has been for a very long time. It's great to see him showing to the rest of the world how good he is. Hopefully he can keep moving ahead on that trajectory. You try and play what's in front of you, that's the most important thing. One of the great things about this series was the guys kept getting more and more confident. It's such fun to play and to be part of that. We are all loving playing, it's great. It's important that we enjoy this series win. It's been a rocky road for the Test team for a while now. If you can't enjoy a series like this, then what do you play for? It's a great group of fellows, we are all good mates. We should leave what's happened where it is and concentrate on finding at what this team has done in the last few weeks. Ben's been brilliant in these 3 games and I'm sire he'll have a plan for the next series and this game against India as well. Absolutely loving this, long may it continue.

Jack Leach | Player of the Match: It's nice to come back after 2019, great memories from that day and here again. It did look dry, Stokesy came to me straightaway and said that it's going to spin. Pressure on, but it was good fun. The seamers did a great job and made it easy for me. Pottsy's spell yesterday was unbelievable and he deserved five wickets. Jonny probably deserves this (Player of the Match award) as well. The way he played, it was an unbelievable knock. As a bowler, you want to take early wickets, that's important, it's good fun.

Mind you, England were tottering at one stage when they were reduced to 55/6 in the first essay in reply to New Zealand's 329. YJB - the crowd favourite - and Jamie Overton, on debut, stitched a marathon 200+ run partnership and ensured that its team got a first innings lead. New Zealand, in its second start, got off to a decent start before wasting it in the final session on day three. Once again, Mitchell and Blundell put on a century stand but Potts and Leach bowled superbly which meant the hosts had a chase-able target. England, in the final innings, lost both its openers however Root and Pope batted positively yesterday and wiped off more than 60% of the target. Bairstow wasted little match time today and fittingly hit the winning runs. First innings - 162 off 157 | second innings - 75* off 44. He's in outrageous form! Stick around for the presentations..

14:36 Local Time, 13:36 GMT, 19:06 IST: England complete the 3-0 series whitewash! Needing 113 runs, the start of the final day was delayed due to rain and early lunch was taken. On resumption, England lost Ollie Pope in the very first over. Just when we thought that there could be some contest, in walked Jonny Bairstow and extinguished any hopes of a New Zealand fightback. He notched up a 30-ball fifty and England wrapped up the game in just over an hour of play today. Day five -- 15.2 overs | 113 runs | 1 wicket. Wow!

54.2 M Bracewell to Bairstow, 6 , Bairstow ends it off in style! Tossed up ball, full and in the arc, Bairstow gets under it and bludgeons it over cow corner. Bairstow quickly raises his bat and the 2 local lads (batters) hug each other. England win by 7 wickets!

54.1 M Bracewell to Bairstow, 4 , 86kph, short and wide, Bairstow treks back and slaps it into extra cover. Poor ball and Bairstow pounces

ENG: 286-3 after 54 overs

53.6 Wagner to Root, no run, 109kph, slow and full, blocked into the off-side. Maiden over - that's a rarity!

53.5 Wagner to Root, no run, on a length and wide of off, left alone

53.4 Wagner to Root, no run, full delivery, clipped to mid-wicket

53.3 Wagner to Root, no run, 127kph, short of length, patted to backward point

53.2 Wagner to Root, no run, 105kph, another off-speed ball, full in length, pushed back to Wagner

53.1 Wagner to Root, no run, round the wicket, slower ball down leg, past Root's glance

Neil Wagner [7.0-1-33-0] is back into the attack

ENG: 286-3 after 53 overs

52.6 M Bracewell to Root, 1 run, another sweep shot, this match time he fetches it from outside off. A single to deep backward square leg

52.5 M Bracewell to Root, 4 , 92kph, flat on middle, Root shuffles whole and gets low before nailing the sweep shot. Sends it to the fine leg fence

52.4 M Bracewell to Root, no run, 93kph, quicker one, rotated to mid-wicket

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