England chased down more than 250 runs for the third straight Test against New Zealand as they beat them by 7 wickets in the Third Test courtesy of brilliant innings by Jonny Bairstow.
This is for the first time in the Test history that a side has won all the three Tests chasing a target of more than 250 runs. In the first Test Joe Root was the chief architect in the chase while in the second Test it was Jonny Bairstow. In the third Test, both of them combined together to demolish the NZ attack and win the series 3-0.
The result means the current World Test Champions are out of the race for the finals this time.
England Played Aggressive Cricket Throughout The Series
England under the new coach Bendon McCullum displayed an aggressive brand of cricket throughout the series which took NZ by surprise as they just did not have the answer for England’s batters.
In this Test, after scoring 329 in the first innings on the back of yet another century by Daryl Mitchell, NZ were on top as they claimed 6 English wickets for 55 runs. But a blistering partnership between Jonny Bairstow and Jamie Overton saw England take a lead.
Bairstow scored his 2nd successive century while Overton scored 97. In the 2nd innings, NZ made a comeback again but Olie Pope, Joe Root and Bairstow yet again towed with NZ’s bowling yet again. In the end, two home boys, Bairstow and Root took England home. Bairstow blasted 71 off 44 balls and finished the game with a six. Root complemented him well with a score of 86 runs.
Updated ICC World Test Championship
After this win, England have moved ahead of NZ on the table. Although they too do not have any chances of playing in the final.