Ben Stokes: “That game is what Test cricket is about, the emotions we were going through, and the Kiwi boys as well. Everyone’s got their money’s worth today. We knew that at some point Tim would have to roll the dice. For Joe and myself, that was the opportunity to pounce, and sometimes things don’t happen how you want them to. With bouncer plans, you have to make a decision about what to go to. As soon as Waggie came on I saw it as an opportunity to take 20 runs. [How’s the knee?] Better than bad… Disappointing to end on a loss but four out of five away from home is something we will take great pride in. A few months off and get back to what we love doing.”
Harry Brook is Player of the Series: “Looking at the pitch on the first day, we didn’t think it’d last that long. In the end, it was a very good cricket wicket. It was an enjoyable game to watch. I wouldn’t say I am a bowler, I’m just glad that I contributed in that stage of the game and managed to get the breakthrough. That opened it up for us but the result didn’t go our way. Credit to New Zealand, they were fantastic. We’re trying to take one game at a time at the moment.”
Kane Williamson is Player of the Match: “Doesn’t quite feel right to be standing here, after a game of cricket like that and the contributions we’ve seen from both teams throughout. A fantastic game of cricket to be a part of and, for us as a team, we’ve been fighting away in the test format for a while so it’s nice to get across the line on this one. This England team is playing incredible cricket at the moment and we’re up against it, coming into this game. So to fight away and compete and ultimately just get across the line is, is a really nice feeling.”
Tim Southee: “RIght up there, only a handful of sides have come back from the follow-on to win. Once it digests, the guys will soak it up. The character they’ve shown in the last few days. The guys were calm, if we’d walked off and shaken hands and it wasn’t good enough, it wasn’t good enough. We couldn’t read too much into a day-night Test, the first two days here England were class, and the openers stood up in the second innings, but Daryl, Kane, Tom Blundell… typical Kiwi scrapping effort. Neil’s had a massive impact from trusting his best method, it came on this time. It’s great for Test cricket, the way England are playing, and it’s good for Test cricket going forward.”
New Zealand vs England Highlights today, Tuesday 28-2-2023. 2nd Test, England tour of New Zealand, Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui.
New Zealand, elected to field first.
New Zealand team: 1 Tom Latham, 2 Devon Conway, 3 Will Young, 4 Kane Williamson, 5 Henry Nicholls, 6 Daryl Mitchell, 7 Tom Blundell (wk), 8 Michael Bracewell, 9 Neil Wagner, 10 Tim Southee (capt), 11 Matt Henry.
England team: 1 Zak Crawley, 2 Ben Duckett, 3 Ollie Pope, 4 Joe Root, 5 Harry Brook, 6 Ben Stokes (capt), 7 Ben Foakes (wk), 8 Ollie Robinson, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Jack Leach, 11 James Anderson.
Head to Head In Test’s: 111
New Zealand Won: 12
England Won: 52
New Zealand Test Rankings: 5th
England Test Rankings: 3rd
(last five completed Tests, most recent first)
New Zealand LDDLL
Match Timings: 10:00 PM GMT | 11:00 PM Local
Umpires – Rod Tucker, Chris Gaffaney
TV Umpire – Aleem Dar
Match Referee – David Boon
Reserve Umpire – Wayne Knights
Match number – Test no. 2494
Highlights will be Available Shortly.