New Zealand all-rounder Daryl Mitchell emulated late Australian great Sir Donald Bradman in the recently concluded three-match Test series against England.
The World Test Championship holders were whitewashed 3-0 by a buoyant England under the new leadership of captain Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum. McCullum.
Daryl Mitchell finished as the highest run-getter in the England-New Zealand Test series
If there was any solace for the Black Caps in their humbling in this series, it was Mitchell’s exemplary batting performance in the three Tests. The 31-year-old wasn’t even considered a starter in Kane Williamson’s playing XI, the unavailability of Henry Nicholls at the Lord’s after contracting the Covid-19 virus paved the way for Mitchell in the team.
Mitchell didn’t have a great start to the series as he got out for 13 to England debutant Matthew Potts in the first innings at the Lord’s. Mitchell didn’t look back thereafter as he scored 50-plus in all the remaining innings of the series to finish with 538 runs in six innings at an average of 107.60.
Daryl Mitchell equals Don Bradman’s record after 92 years
Mitchell’s scores in the three Tests read as – 13,108, 190, 62 not out, 109 & 56. The New Zealand all-rounder became only the second overseas player to score a hundred in each game of the three-match Test series in England.
Bradman was the first player to achieve the milestone in 1930 against England. Ken Berrington (vs Pakistan in 1967) and Graham Gooch (vs India in 1990) are the other two batters from England to score three centuries in each Test in a three-match series.
Mitchell found a companion in wicketkeeper-batter Tom Blundell as the duo bailed out the tourists from precarious situations on numerous instances in the series. Mitchell became the seventh New Zealand player to amass more than 500 runs in a Test series and the first in the last 50 years since Glenn Turner 672 runs in the Caribbean in 1972.