Twitter Reactions: Clinical New Zealand finish formalities to clinch series 1-0
New Zealand recorded their maiden win in Edgbaston.
Updated - Jun 13, 2021 5:07 pm
Coming to the fourth day at Edgbaston, the question was only about when and never if for New Zealand to seal the two-match Test series 1-0 and record their first Test victory in the format in England since 1999. One ball. That is how long it took for Trent Boult to induce an edge off Olly Stone’s bat that Tom Blundell obliged by gulping behind, setting the paltriest of targets for a historic win.
The cruel game that Test cricket is, despite knowing the result, England had to walk out to finish the formalities – put more precisely, lose on the fourth day, to give an underwhelming and forgettable spectacle to the crowd that had returned to cricket after some agonizing months of divorce with live action.
Set only 38 to register their maiden win in Edgbaston, New Zealand could not go unscathed as Stuart Broad had Devon Conway nick one behind to James Bracey, while Will Young played on Olly Stone. Before any further damage, Tom Latham sealed an eight-wicket win by guiding Wood to the third-man fence for four.
Latham seals the deal
The result of the Test was a foregone conclusion already, after a horrendous batting effort from the hosts on day three after Ross Taylor’s 80 and handy contributions from the tail took New Zealand 85 past England’s first-innings tally. Matt Henry made the ball talk, dismissing both England openers in a session where seven wickets fell and Neil Wagner joined along in the carnage, as did Ajaz Patel in the final session before Mark Wood and Stone added a defiant 44 to ensure that an innings defeat was taken out of the picture.
In England’s defense, this was a unit sans many superstars, including Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran and Moeen Ali, but so was New Zealand, who made as many as six changes ahead of the second rubber due to a combination of injuries and rotation. That included an injured Kane Williamson, for whom Tom Latham took charge.
The scoreline of the series reads 1-0, while it is easy to forget that New Zealand looked the better team for almost the entirety of the Lord’s Test, too, where weather played its part. New Zealand rued the entirely washed out third day but ensured to be on their toes in the second game. Walking against India in that contest in five days, there could not have been a better way to prepare.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
NZ are a high class team .. Read the situation with the Bat in hand,skilful with the ball & catch brilliantly .. Really fancy them to beat India next week .. #ENGvNZ
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 13, 2021
First delivery of the day’s play! 🤯 #ENGvNZ
— Shikha Pandey (@shikhashauny) June 13, 2021
No Williamson, Southee, Watling, Jamieson, Grandhomme (total 6 changes) but a young team lead by Tom Latham has beaten England in England in a Test series. One to remember for them in the future. #ENGvNZ
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) June 13, 2021
What a golden generation of cricketers New Zealand has at the moment. 6 changes from the 1st Test, almost an entire bowling attack changed, yet they go on to thrash England by 8 wickets #ENGvNZ #Cricket
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 13, 2021
Trent Boult takes a wicket on the very first ball! 🔥
— Spark Sport (@sparknzsport) June 13, 2021
Series win! The team's first in a Test series in England since 1999. Skipper Tom Latham hits the winning runs to secure an eight wicket win. Scorecard | https://t.co/IFSDQOw09C #ENGvNZ pic.twitter.com/Ub7EL944jS
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) June 13, 2021
Fun Fact: Ross Taylor stayed not out on 0 today. In his 107 Tests career, he has hit the winning run only once – vs SL in Christchurch in 2014. #EngvNZ
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) June 13, 2021
Devon Conway's Performance in his Debut Test Series:-
— CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) June 13, 2021
Gotta love this team. pic.twitter.com/ot7yeG3Wq3
— Peter Lalor (@plalor) June 13, 2021
This is the first home Test series loss for England in last 7 years, great achievement for New Zealand.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) June 13, 2021
Great win, New Zealand. A chastening few days for England – and English cricket. It'll be nice to watch two decent teams in the WTC final from Friday.
— Lawrence Booth (@the_topspin) June 13, 2021
𝗧𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸 𝘆𝗼𝘂! 🙌
Not the result we wanted, but your support and atmosphere has been incredible throughout the Test.
— Edgbaston (@Edgbaston) June 13, 2021