Former England captain Michael Vaughan believes the Test series between New Zealand and the Three Lions will encourage a new generation of cricket fans after prolific performances by English players.
England defeated New Zealand by seven wickets in the final Test at Headingley in Leeds on Monday, thanks to powerful knocks from Joe Root (86*) and Jonny Bairstow (71*).
Throughout the game, England was dominant. Though New Zealand set a challenging 296-run target, the English batters responded with some beautiful hitting, winning by seven wickets and the series 3-0.
Brilliant series to follow .. You get the sense this England side could quite possibly inspire a new generation of Test match cricket fans .. #ENGvNZ
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 27, 2022
Taking to Twitter, Vaughan wrote, “Brilliant series to follow. You get the sense this England side could quite possibly inspire a new generation of Test match cricket fans .. #ENGvNZ.”
Michael Vaughan Praises Jonny Bairstow:
“Jonny B is batting on a different planet!!” tweeted Michael Vaughan.
Coming into the final Test, England was off to a slow start, with opener Alex Lees being run out for 9 at the team’s score of 17. The chase for England was resumed by Zak Crawley and Ollie Pope. Their promising stand was cut short at 34 runs when Crawley was caught by skipper Kane Williamson and bowled for 25 by spinner Michael Bracewell.
Ollie Pope and Joe Root then completely took over the England innings. The two were hitting bowlers all around the park. Pope and Root reached their half-centuries in the series as they kept up their strong performance.
The pair’s 134-run partnership came to an end when Pope was clean bowled by Southee for 82 off 108 with 12 fours.
The Root and Jonny Bairstow team were at the crease with England at 185/3. Bairstow continued his blistering run in the second innings as well, reaching his half-century in just 30 balls, as Root held one end stable.
The pair put together a stunning 111-run partnership in just 44 balls, giving their team a seven-wicket victory. Root (86*) and Bairstow both scored 71 runs in that same amount of time.