ENG vs NZ: Michael Vaughan feels Test series between England, New Zealand will inspire new generation
ENG vs NZ: The Test series between New Zealand and the Three Lions, according to former England captain Michael Vaughan, will motivate younger fans of the longest format.
In the last Test at Headingley in Leeds on Monday, Joe Root (86*) and Jonny Bairstow (71*) each had powerful innings that helped England defeat the Kiwis by seven wickets. During the game, England displayed their absolute dominance. The English batsmen rallied in response to New Zealand’s demanding 296 run requirement, winning the match by seven wickets and the series by a score of 3-0.
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.”
Earlier, Bairstow received acclaim from Vaughan for his game-changing performance, which helped England win the third Test.
“Jonny B is batting on a different planet!!” tweeted Vaughan.
In the final Test, England did not get off to the best of starts. Chasing 296 runs, opener Alex Lees was run out for just 9 at the team’s score of 17. Ollie Pope and also Zak Crawley continued to pursue for England. After Crawley was caught by captain Kane Williamson and removed for 25 by spinner Michael Bracewell, their solid partnership was broken at 34 runs.
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 clean bowled by Southee for 82 off 108 with 12 fours.
The Root and Jonny Bairstow team was at the crease with England at 185/3. Bairstow continued his blistering run in the second innings as well, also 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 also Bairstow both scored 71 runs in that same amount of time.