2nd Test: Henry strikes as New Zealand eye England series win | Cricket News

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BIRMINGHAM: Matt Henry took three top-order wickets to go away New Zealand getting ready to a series-clinching win as England‘s batsmen failed miserably within the second and ultimate Check at Edgbaston on Saturday.
England, on a very good batting pitch, had been 122-9 of their second innings at stumps on the third day — simply 37 runs forward of New Zealand with one wicket standing and two days left to play.
Even so, that also represented a restoration from an much more embarrassing 76-7.
Henry, one in every of an distinctive six modifications to the New Zealand aspect that drew the primary Check at Lord’s, took the primary three wickets to fall en path to advantageous figures of 3-36 in 12 overs.
New Zealand are eyeing solely a 3rd collection win in England after their 1986 and 1999 triumphs — a perfect solution to put together for his or her look in subsequent week’s inaugural World Check Championship ultimate towards India at Southampton.
England are going through a primary collection loss on dwelling soil in seven years since a 2014 reverse towards Sri Lanka.
Their slim hopes of setting a difficult goal relaxation with tailenders Olly Stone (15 not out) and James Anderson (nought not out), whose England file 162nd Check is unlikely to be one the tempo nice remembers fondly.
England had been with out injured all-rounder Ben Stokes and quick bowler Jofra Archer.
However, in England coach Chris Silverwood’s first match answerable for choice, additionally they determined to relaxation Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes towards the most effective Check sides on this planet.
Henry struck with simply the second ball of England’s innings when opener Rory Burns, who made 81 first time round, was properly caught within the slips for a duck by stand-in skipper Tom Latham.
New Zealand’s close-catching, far superior to England’s this collection, additionally accounted for Dom Sibley (10), well-taken within the cordon by Daryl Mitchell off Henry.
Specialist batsmen Zak Crawley made 10 and Ollie Pope 23 as their run of low scores continued.
Dan Lawrence, who top-scored with 81 not out in England’s first innings, was powerless to stop additional collapse as he went for a duck, caught off left-arm fast Neil Wagner (3-18) by diving wicket-keeper Tom Blundell.
New batsman James Bracey at averted a 3rd successive nought in Check cricket however may solely handle eight earlier than he performed on making an attempt to comb left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel.
Patel was properly utilized by Latham, deputising as skipper for the injured Kane Williamson. The spinner then captured the prize wicket of Joe Root for 11 when the England captain and star batsman was caught behind off an edged minimize.
England had been now 76-7, nonetheless 9 runs behind.
The hunch was all of the extra humiliating as New Zealand had rested key seamer Tim Southee, with Patel and Blundell solely enjoying after Mitchell Santner (minimize finger) and BJ Watling (sore again) had been injured.
Quick bowler Wooden adopted his first-innings 41 with a sport 29 as he shared a stand of 44 with fellow fast Stone.
However a knock that includes 5 fours and a six ended when he skyed a pull off Wagner to Blundell.
England’s 120-8 promptly turned 121-9 when Trent Boult had Stuart Broad lbw.
Earlier, Broad took a powerful 4-48 in 23.1 overs however New Zealand, nonetheless made 388 to steer by 85 runs on first innings.
Ross Taylor hit 80 — the third rating within the 80s within the innings — after New Zealand resumed on 229-3, a deficit of 74.

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