Paul Collingwood
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Last Update on: February 26th, 2023 at 06:09 pm

New Zealand Cricket Team made a brilliant comeback to the Test match. The Black Caps have scored 202-3 and are trailing by 24 runs. Skipper Ben Stokes enforced the follow-on when New Zealand was trailing by 226 runs which raised a lot of eyebrows. Stokes’ would be worried as now he has given New Zealand a chance in the 2nd Test Match.

England’s pacers have been quite ineffective where the visitors have toiled the bowlers. It would be interesting to see how Day 4 unfolds as England has already taken the new ball. New Zealand would be aware of the fact that they need at least 250 runs on the board to challenge the visitors.

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Paul Collingwood on Enforcing Follow On

Paul Collingwood was having an interaction with the media after the end of Day 3’s play and was asked about enforcing follow on.

“Ben Stokes was very clear on that and that’s the approach of Stokesy and Baz (McCullum, head coach). They want the aggressive option and hopefully to win the game today. It didn’t turn out that way but we’re still in a really good position.” said Paul Collingwood.

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“The mantra of this team is always to take the aggressive approach and there was no doubt in Stokesy’s mind that if we got the opportunity that was the way he was going to go. We’ve always said we’re not scared of losing but we want to get ourselves in a position of winning games and we felt we could have won, or got close to winning, today,” he added.

Paul Collingwood on Ben Stokes & New Zealand’s comeback

Paul Collingwood was about Ben Stokes’s injury

“Look, as we all know he’s got a knee niggle, thankfully he’s the captain out there and makes the decision when he bowls or doesn’t bowl,” said Paul Collingwood.

“When you come up against quality opposition you expect them to fight hard and this was one of those days. You’re going to get days when it’s tough work and that’s Test cricket. It’s enthralling and has set up what could be a great Test match,” he added.

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