Man of the Series: Left-handed opening batsmen from both the sides were declared the Man of the Series at Edgbaston.
During the fourth day of the second Test of the ongoing New Zealand’s tour of England in Birmingham, New Zealand beat England by 8 wickets to win the two-match series 1-0.
Chasing a paltry 38-run target in the fourth innings, New Zealand sealed the chase in the 11th over with captain Tom Latham top-scoring with 23* (32).
It was fast bowler Trent Boult who dismissed England’s Olly Stone (15) on the first ball of the fourth day to prevent an anti-climax sequence. With their batsmen getting bundled out for 122 in 41.1 overs, there was little that the English bowlers could do to bring their team back into the contest.
While this is New Zealand’s fifth Test series victory against England, it is their third in England. The previous two occasions when they had defeated England in England were in 1986 and 1999.
Man of the Series ENG vs NZ Test series
As far as the Man of the Series award is concerned, the same was shared by New Zealand opening batsman Devon Conway and England opening batsman Rory Burns.
Playing Test cricket for the first time, Conway emerged as the highest run-scorer in his first series scoring 306 runs in four innings at an average of 76.50 including a match-winning double century at Lord’s.
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“Very special feeling! Winning in England for first time since 1999, take some time for that to sink in. It’s been a good challenge, up the order is testing for me, awesome to bat with Tom [Latham] and learning from him, enjoying it,” Conway told Sky Sports Cricket during the post-match presentation ceremony.
Burns, on the other hand, left behind his struggles in India to become the best English batsman in this series. The 30-year old player returned with 238 runs in four innings at an average of 59.50 including a century at Lord’s.
“Disappointing from a team perspective, personally nice to get back in the side, get an opportunity and bat with nice rhythm. They bowled well over the series, tested your defence. I was in good rhythm which allowed me to make good decisions, but they bowled well,” Burns told Sky Sports Cricket during the post-match presentation ceremony.