ENG vs NZ: New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell lauds his team for their effort in Test series against England
ENG vs NZ: The batter Daryl Mitchell praised the New Zealand players for their overall performance in the contest, despite the team suffering a crushing loss in the three-match series against England.
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.
“As a team, we want to come over here and win this series. It didn’t go our way but I’m very proud of the efforts the boys put in throughout. Me, it’s really proud to be part of this group. Any chance to play Test cricket for your country is special. I just try to enjoy each moment and do it with a smile on my face,” said Daryl Mitchell after the final Test ended.
Daryl last appeared on the field for the Rajasthan Royals during the 15th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“That’s the nature of international cricket. You have to constantly keep adapting to different formats and different conditions very quickly. As seasoned international cricketers, it’s just part of the job,” said Daryl.
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 Zak Crawley continued to pursue for England. After Crawley caught by captain Kane Williamson and removed for 25 by spinner Michael Bracewell, their solid partnership 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.