Williamson, Taylor Hit Tons as New Zealand Draw Test, Win England Series

Hamilton: Centuries from Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor ensured New Zealand drew the rain-hit second Take a look at towards England in Hamilton on Tuesday, sealing a 1-Zero sequence win.

The climate turned bitter quickly after lunch on the fifth day when New Zealand, having taken benefit of some sloppy fielding, have been 241 for 2 of their second innings, 140 forward with Taylor on 105 and Williamson on 104.

With the climate denying England a second flip at bat, it ensured New Zealand’s sequence win after their innings victory within the first Take a look at, and improved their file to eight wins, a draw and one loss (to South Africa) of their previous 10 sequence.

Williamson introduced up his 21st Take a look at century with a 4 off Joe Root within the third over after lunch, whereas Taylor reached century quantity 19 with a flourish in Root’s subsequent over when he smacked a 4 and two sixes in consecutive balls.

Two balls after Taylor had raised his bat and poked his tongue out in his signature celebration, the rain arrived to clean out England’s faint hope of forcing a outcome though that likelihood had already been broken by dropped catches.

New Zealand resumed the day at 96 for 2 with England searching early wickets however their plans went off observe when Ollie Pope and Joe Denly spilled easy possibilities from Williamson.

The New Zealand skipper was on 39 when wicketkeeper Pope put down a regulation providing off the gloves, a lot to bowler Ben Stokes annoyance, and on 62 Denly inexplicably dropped a good simpler likelihood.

Williamson gently chipped a slower supply from Jofra Archer straight to Denly at brief midwicket and, because the bowler leapt in celebration and Williamson made an apologetic gesture to Taylor, the ball popped out of Denly’s palms.

It drew instantaneous comparisons on social media to the broadly regarded worst dropped catch in Take a look at historical past when England’s Mike Gatting put down a sitter off the gloves of India batsman Kiran Extra in 1993.

Williamson had one other life when he ought to have been run out on 97 however Sam Curran’s shy on the stumps was thus far off line that the batsmen picked up an additional run.

Even with out the rain, Joe Root’s probabilities of pulling off victory appeared very distant because the England bowlers toiled with an ageing ball on an unresponsive wicket.

The one optimistic for the England captain was his return to type with a double century and man-of-the-match award after a 12 months of averaging beneath 30 to provide him confidence heading right into a four-Take a look at tour of South Africa.

New Zealand, in the meantime, head to Australia on Saturday for a three-Take a look at sequence with the 1-Zero win over England cementing their quantity two world rating behind India.


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