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England vs. New Zealand – Test Series Review

As the test series against New Zealand comes to an end, England can now look forward to the big event of the summer, The Ashes. The most famous test series in cricket is just over a month away and Eventmasters are delighted to offer official cricket hospitality including Trent Bridge hospitality, Edgbaston hospitality and the KIA Oval hospitality.
The series against the Kiwi’s ended in a draw which was probably a fair result all things considered. The first test at Lords was a brilliant start to the cricketing summer, and a stunning final day of action saw England take a 1-0 lead. Alistair Cook began to show signs of his old form with a brilliant 162 in the second innings, which set England up perfectly for the win.
The second test at Headingley deservedly went the way of the tourists who produced a wonderful final day of bowling to level the series. The game was affected by adverse weather on a couple of occasions, but that didn’t stop both sides producing stunning cricket. Jimmy Anderson became the first English bowler to take 400 test wickets in the first innings, but New Zealand battled back to score 350.
Adam Lyth and Cook produced their first real significant opening partnership in test cricket with a 182 stand, as Lyth made his maiden test hundred. After that the England innings never really got going with players getting themselves in only to fall short of half-centuries.
The rest of the match belonged to the Black Caps, their second innings score 454 left England chasing a world record 455 to win the series 2-0. Trent Boult continued his fine form and took two early wickets on the final day, before Ian Bell and Joe Root fell to spinner Mark Craig. Suddenly England were 62-4 and facing a fight to see out the rest of the day.
Cook’s 56 took him past 9,000 test runs but he was powerless to stem the tide of wickets. Both he and Ben Stokes were sent back to the pavilion by Kane Williamson. Moeen Ali was the next to go as he was bowled by Matt Henry, before Williamson took his third wicket as he bowled Stuart Broad. Tim Southee dismissed Durham player Mark Wood, before Craig finished the game off getting Jos Buttler LBW.
Despite the defeat England can look forward to the Ashes with confidence. Cook is back in great form, while Joe Root seems to get better with every match he plays. Anderson is at the top of his game and continues to come up with big wickets when needed.
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