Ish Sodhi 56(168); | (168);
Joe Root* 12.4-5-28-1; | Dawid Malan 4-1-9-0
Hussain Talat* 31(28); | Asif Ali 25(28);
Keemo Paul* 2.5-0-37-0; | Rayad Emrit 4-0-24-1
So, that brings us to the end of the New Zealand summer. What a finish! As the captains said, barring that 58 all out at Auckland, it was a closely fought Test series which was a fine follow up to what was an excellent bilateral ODI series earlier. England tried hard but their winless streak abroad continues. They'll be pondering how to get that done but that's for another time as it's the home summer coming up in a few months time. The Kiwis will be proud of the home season, they've put in some really sterling efforts. Hope you enjoyed our coverage of this series. We certainly loved bringing you all the action. On that note, this is a weary Hariprasad Sadanandan signing out of the Cricbuzz comm box on behalf of my mates Varun Dixit, Pratyush Sinha and our scorer Shashikant Singh. Cheers!
New Zealand's 2017-18 home season summary:Tests: Series wins against Windies (2-0) and England (1-0) ODIs: Series whitewashes of West Indies (3-0) and Pakistan (5-0), lost to England (2-3)T20Is: Series win over West Indies (2-0), lost to Pakistan (1-2) and lost the Tri-Series final to Australia
Kane Williamson, New Zealand captain: "Was an amazing day of Test cricket. Want to thank Joe and his team. Was a hard fought series, nothing in it really. We were fortunate enough, especially in the first innings at Auckland. We didn't get off to the best start today, knew that it would be a tough day but plenty of resolve shown by Latham and de Grandhomme. Special mention to Ish and Wagner for sticking it out. They dealt with a lot of short stuff and hung in there. Great effort from the side, we kept chasing the game and had a chance of winning the game if all went right of drawing it. Good to be on the right side of the result. Been a great summer, would have been nice to have more Test cricket maybe."
Joe Root, England captain: "We threw absolutely everything at NZ today. Absolutely proud of the bowling unit. Fair play to NZ, they were too good. Barring that first innings at Auckland, it's been a really close series. We let ourselves down in that innings but have shown a lot of character ever since. You want to play in big series and we got that opportunity in this winter. Unfortunately things didn't go to plan but we need to pick ourselves up for the summer. Yeah, we would have loved a third Test. I think this series was a great advert for Test cricket. As I said earlier, we threw everything at them, few edges fell just short of the fielders but that's how it goes."
Trent Boult, Player of the Series: "Phenomenal way to end the season. Full credit to the English boys. Great last day of the season for us to get over the line. It was very memorable for all of us. Me and Southee have played a lot of cricket together already and as a bowling unit we found ways to get wickets under these conditions and put the batting side in a good position. Big summer for all of us, we will celebrate the victory today. Test Cricket is my favorite format, it will be nice to have few more Test matches in the season. Not too much time off as I will going for the T20 League soon."
Tim Southee, Player of the Match: "Rough couple of days but all good in the end. It's nice to put the whites back on. Pleasing to close a pretty good summer. There's been a little bit of assistance off the wicket -- more seam and swing -- but don't know the reason for that. Played a lot of cricket together with Boult and it's a partnership we enjoy and look forward to doing on most occasions. Slip fielders have done a good job. Some of the catches taken in the series were outstanding. Even BJ (Watling), who didn't play for a while and to come back and show his worth with the gloves is pleasing to see."
Ish Sodhi: "Bit of drama at the end. Wagner was with me in the tough periods. He's a bit of a fighter with the ball and he showed with the bat too today. They started bowling bumpers and it was hard to pick up, but it was a pretty true wicket. Wagner kept me going .. '5 more mins to go .. 2 more mins to go.' I got one on the fingers that's pretty sore now. It kept ringing for a while but that's the beauty of the game. You take it on the chin. We've only done this once before. Quite disappointed with my performance with the ball this series. To be able to contribute with the bat (means a lot)."
Joe Root as captain after 14 Tests:Home: W L W W W L W (5 W, 2 L)Away: L L L D L L D (5 L, 2 D)
Series wins for NZ against England:1-0 (3) in NZ, 1983/841-0 (3) in England, 19862-1 (4) in England, 19991-0 (2) in NZ, 2017/18 *
It was a Test of the new-ball bowlers for a major part of the game. Boult and Southee shared the wickets in the first innings and Broad-Anderson responded in style to do the same. However, the hosts gained momentum through their lower order who reduced the deficit considerably to ensure that England had to bat a fair amount of time to build a sizeable lead. Once the declaration happened midway after Lunch on Day 4, NZ had two options - to go for the win or play out a draw. Bad light ruining the final session virtually ended the first option and the hosts played out of their skins on Day 5. De Grandhomme had a great game apart from Boult and Southee although this match will be remembered for Sodhi and Wagner.
England will be gutted. They got to bowl more than the minimum quota of 98 overs with light holding up incredibly today at the Hagley Oval. However, they just couldn't get across the line in the end. Initially, a draw would have meant criticism of Root's declaration yesterday as England showed scant intent with the bat for a major part of the day. But, having had close to 125 overs to bowl, the skipper cannot be faulted. Nor can his bowlers who tried hard as well. I guess it's fair to say that we just need to doff our hats to the Kiwis. Latham started the defiance with a fine knock but the middle and lower order were excellent.
Not many predicted such a finish at the start of the day with New Zealand having all 10 wickets in tank and bad light predicted in the final session. However, Broad struck off the first two deliveries of the day to set the ball rolling and when England got four by Lunch, the advantage was firmly with the visitors despite Latham fighting hard. De Grandhomme also chipped in, followeing up his first innings heroics with another invaluable effort. He later partnered well with Sodhi too although the former's departure to a rash shot had opened up the game once more. Sodhi wasn't to be denied though, as he battled hard with Wagner to conjure a miracle for the home side.
18:03 Local Time: Take a bow Ish Sodhi! He soaks in all the applause from the crowd who are giving him a standing ovation. One of the best rearguard efforts in Test cricket. He had to cop a lot of blows but stuck his neck out and fought it out, found great support in Wagner as the duo virtually saved the game for the Kiwis. The duo's partnership ate up 188 deliveries and in the context of this game, that was monumental. England tried everything to be honest, pace/spin/change of angles/crease usage etc etc but simply couldn't break through the Kiwi lower order, who for the second time in the game made an impact. Latham and de Grandhomme showed the way initially before the tail wagged furiously.
That's it! Southee was on his way out but the umpires feel that enough is enough. It's time. Game has been drawn! That means that NZ seal the series 1-0, winning against England for the first time since 1999!
Root to Wagner, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
NZ review! Wagner has been given out LBW. He signals the T straightaway. Has he hit this? Oh he has! Fat inside edge, this will have to be reversed. Oh wait, the catch was taken at silly point, so he will have to walk back
Joe Root [12.0-5-28-0] is back into the attack
About a minute to go. Could well be the last over. What do we have?
The minimum of 98 overs have been done but another 8 minutes left, so England can bowl a few more
Dawid Malan [2.0-1-1-0] is back into the attack
15 minutes more
Joe Root [11.0-4-28-0] is back into the attack
Over the wicket
Right then, 24 deliveries left!
James Anderson [25.0-7-37-1] is back into the attack
The spearhead is back
Jack Leach [28.0-11-61-2] is back into the attack
Another change. Last roll of the dice from Root perhaps as the left-arm spinner gets the ball to have a final shot
More fielders crowding the bat, it's a mob out there now. Slip, gully, silly point, forward short leg, backward short leg and a leg gully
Stuart Broad [23.0-5-72-2] is back into the attack
Dawid Malan, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Time for some leg spin, another part-timer is on. Can he pull something off?
35 minutes left, minimum of 9 overs to be bowled
Ben Stokes [2.0-1-2-0] is back into the attack
Another change. Root is looking upto his charismatic all-rounder to provide a breakthrough
Jack Leach [27.0-10-61-2] is back into the attack
Golly gosh, look at the field. A silly point, two FSL, two slip, gully, leg gully, leg slip
Stuart Broad [20.0-5-63-2] is back into the attack
Final drinks break of the New Zealand summer and fittingly, the climax of the season seems to be a thrilling one. England need 3 wickets although it isn't sure if Southee will come out to bat due to a viral bug. The mandatory last hour left which means a minimum of 15 overs to be bowled. Will the light relent though? It's been much better today than it was yesterday but the clouds are seemingly starting to arrive. Nail-biting stuff this, a series at stake and two desperate teams fighting it out. Don't go anywhere
Jack Leach [26.0-9-61-2] is back into the attack
Change of ends for Wood. Round the wicket he'll go with two short legs in place and a leg gully. There's a close-in square leg as well. No prizes for guessing the ploy here
Joe Root [10.0-3-28-0] is back into the attack
The skipper brings himself back. Puzzling move to be honest but my mate Pratyush feels that it could be to force the tail into a shot that's not on, the thing that part-timers are capable of
Jack Leach [24.0-7-61-2] is back into the attack
Joe Root [9.0-3-19-0] is back into the attack
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Silly point, short leg, convential slip and leg slip are in.
There are some foot marks outside the off-stump of Ish Sodhi. Jack Leach would want to make use of them.
Two slips, FSL and silly point in place.
Neil Wagner, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Mark Wood to de Grandhomme, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Mark Wood [15.0-6-41-1] is back into the attack
Two FSL, leg-slip and a slip is in place. Barrage of bouncers are coming Ish Sodhi's way
Broad is round the wicket.
Jack Leach [20.0-5-55-2] is back into the attack
England have placed the likes of Moeen, Overton and even their team manager outside the boundaries to parry the ball back in. They know time's precious here
Stuart Broad [15.0-5-40-2] is back into the attack
Sun is shining at the Hagley Oval and light is much better now. England would want light to stay this way.
17:27 Local Time, 03:27 GMT, 08:57 IST: Final session of the New Zealand summer would decide the outcome of the series. Light and New kookaburra will be key elements in this session.
Tea, Day 5 ~ 03:10pm local: The clock ticks over just as the umpires take positions for the next over, and so this will be Tea. Two wickets in the session then. Watling fell to a leg trap while Latham was outdone by Leach's penchant for that one-square foot of rough outside off. Four wickets to go but England will be up against New Zealand's latent defiance, weather, fading lights, and their own plight when it comes to winning away from home. It'll be fun. Get your potshot tweets/comments ready for cricket's archaism. We'll see you in fifteen..
Four minutes to tea. Wood, and not Broad, to share the new ball. We have three slips and a gully, a leg slip, and forward short leg
Barmy Army behind Anderson's back like _____
James Anderson [20.0-7-30-1] is back into the attack
Fourth umpire wheels into the playing area with jackets and the second new ball, which is due now. Yeah, second new ball has been taken. Anderson looks busy on top of his mark. 7 minutes to go until tea, so this short passage of play can be real defining.
So we have three fielders on the leg-side, around the mid-wicket region. A slip and gully, short leg, with a leg slip in attendance too
Dark clouds gathering, lights fading. #weatherwatch
Jack Leach [19.0-4-55-2] is back into the attack
Another change of ends for Leach. A slip and forward short leg
Light-enhancing glasses arrive on the field for umpire Bruce Oxenford, meaning it has gotten dark. Here's Wood running in, hoping to exploit failing modern eyesight
Two forward short legs now
Where's the sun? A slip, silly point and forward short leg
Mark Wood [11.0-5-27-1] is back into the attack
Wagner padded up. Wonder where Southee will bat. Okey-dokey, enough of spin from both ends. Time for Wood's pace. A slip, leg gully and short leg
A slip and two forward short legs
One slip and two forward short legs
Breeze from Root's right to left, so expect some drift away from the right-hander
Two slips, silly point, FSL
Ish Sodhi, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Jack Leach to Latham, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Jack Leach [15.0-3-48-1] is back into the attack
Quite a dramatic over by Root, sustained by the fact that he's much quicker through the air than Leach, and found the pitch more responsive. Okay, change of ends for Leach. A slip and forward short leg
Joe Root [3.0-1-9-0] is back into the attack
Welcome back. Jack Leach to de Grandhomme ... nah, Root to take the ball now. A slip and forward short leg await, as Barmy Army breaks into a series of claps
Time for a drink! England started the session brightly as they got the big wicket of Watling but Latham has hung on with an adventurous de Grandhomme for company. England will want another wicket or two before Tea because otherwise, it's going to be hard in what could be another truncated final session
Jack Leach [13.0-3-44-1] is back into the attack
Right then, here is the debutant for another spell
Leach is warming up, won't be long before he has another spell. Meanwhile, Wood to continue
Funky field set from Root, a silly mid-off and a short cover in place apart from a slip and a gully
Simon Doull makes a valid point about the Watling dismissal. He reckons that the fear of the short ball made him rooted to the crease and hence his idea was to go for the shuffle but as the length was full at the stumps, he had to play at it somehow
Colin de Grandhomme, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Mark Wood to Watling, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Mark Wood [6.0-3-15-0] is back into the attack
STAT ALERT: James Anderson has bowled the most deliveries in Test cricket by a pacer, overtaking the West Indian legend Courtney Walsh
The hammer is out to settle the bowler's landing area
Stuart Broad [13.0-5-32-2] is back into the attack
Does Broady have another magic spell in him? England will hope he does, they need a spark, that's for sure
Welcome back for the second session. England still have work ahead because the older ball has been tough for bowlers to nip out wickets. This partnership is pivotal, considering the uncertainty around the light factor in the final session. Root's men will need a similar start to the first session here else the shoulders could drop if a partnership develops. Interesting tussle on the cards, time for live action, Jimmy to start with two slips in place
Lunch, Day 5 - All of England's disappointment from yesterday evening would have vanished in the first two balls of the day when Stuart Broad dismissed Raval and Williamson. New Zealand have been sloppy this morning, Ross Taylor in specific played a shocker of a shot to be dismissed. In the second hour Latham and Watling have shown some courage and batted with great discipline. Ball is turning for Leach and it is reversing for the seamers. Latham and Watling will have to show character of the highest order if they have to escape undefeated in this match. We will back in 30 minutes for the post-lunch session.
Ben Stokes, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
Mark Wood [2.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack
Silly point has been sent infront of square. Latham sweep shots are making an impact.
BJ Watling, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Drinks: Woah, what an hour. Four wickets in there. Broad started the day with a near hat-trick, Anderson ended the hour with a piece of his genius, and sandwiched in between was Leach's maiden Test wicket that accounted for Ross Taylor.
Anderson to Henry Nicholls, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
James Anderson [11.0-5-11-0] is back into the attack
Slip, leg slip, silly point, forward short leg
Joe Root [1.0-1-0-0] is back into the attack
Now Root. He recognizes that there's something in the pitch for the spinners. Let's see the field for him: a short leg and a slip, as he runs in from round the wicket
Cook is off the field
Four men and the keeper around the bat
Henry Nicholls, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Jack Leach to Ross Taylor, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Five slips. Atherton points out how close they're to each other. "They haven't seen the Indian slip fielders," retorts my co-commentator Hari. Fair enough!
A slip and forward short leg for the right-hander
A slip, leg slip and forward short leg
Jack Leach [3.0-1-4-0] is back into the attack
I spot a catching short mid-on here. And there I was, imagining that reverse swing in the twenties is a done deal.
Gee, another Broad over. This is exciting. Five slips, a leg slip, a catching cover and a short leg. "It's raining men..."
yeah, he's back to over the wicket just as I say. Great
Gully's joined in as the fifth slip now actually
James Anderson [9.0-5-9-0] is back into the attack
Broad, today, looks in that kinda form, when he mistakes batting line-ups for poptarts. Four slips and a gully in place for Anderson
The hat-trick field has stayed by the way
Five slips and a gully, a leg slip, a square leg for Broad's hat-trick ball
Ross Taylor, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Broad to Williamson, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Kane Williamson, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Broad to Jeet Raval, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
10:28am local: Out come the England players, honked into the ground by the Barmy Army intoxicated on some morrning muesli, perhaps. Four slips in waiting as Raval gets ready to face the Broad line of fire..
The weather is set to be fair today -- it's nice and sunny at the moment -- but the light, as it has on other days, will collapse quickly here in Christchurch. No way we are getting 90 overs in the day, let alone bowling an extra 8 overs in the evening session -- something New Zealand wouldn't mind at all. What's in store for us? The pitch, still flat and sporting little spin, adds an interesting dynamic to the last day of New Zealand's summer. Live action in a while..
Day 5 ~ 10:10am local: Imagine bad light forcing early stumps to slaughter 24 overs of cricket, only for the sun to teasingly show up later in the day and spin heads around. If New Zealand's unbeaten opening stand last evening didn't irk Root and his seemingly belated decision to declare, Christchurch's yo-yoing weather must have. England need a win here to draw the series; New Zealand, defiance, to win it. 340 runs in a day sounds a little far-fetched but hey, who knows.
We will get a minimum of 98 overs tomorrow but play won't start 30 minutes early. England are on a 13 match winless streak away from the home and they would want light Gods and Rain Gods to be with them to turnaround their fortune. They would also want Anderson and Broad to be at their very best tommorow. Anderson bowled well today but without much luck. The law of averages might favor Anderson tomorrow. He will have his chance in the first hour definitely.Tomorrow is the last day of the New Zealand summer and they won't leave any stone unturned to ensure that it turns out to be a positive one. It promises to be a fascinating day of cricket. Do join us at the same time and at the same place.
Stumps, day 4 - It is official now that there won't be any further play today. The session which promised a lot ended on a bad note courtesy bad light. Sitting in the dressing room in the gloomy weather, Root will be pondering over his decision of declaration. The think tank including the Yorkshire lad might not have considered that bad light will intervene so soon today. The playing conditions might have played the spoilsport today but this Test match is still nicely poised and going into the final day all three results are possible.
Umpire Marais Erasmus speaking to Test Match Special: "This is unfortunate, the game is nicely poised. If we don't get back, we'll have 98 overs tomorrow, starting half-an-hour earlier [23:00 BST]."
Umpires are going to have an official inspection soon, we hear. Fingers crossed, we might see LIVE ACTION today. ... okay, not trying to confuse you here but the drizzle seems to have come back and the hessian cover is going back on. We'll keep you updated although I must say that restart looks like a distant possibility...
16:35 Local Time, 04:35 GMT, 10:05 IST: There is a slight drizzle in the air. If there is no more play today, day 5 might start 30 minutes early tomorrow. There are no flood lights at the Hagley Oval and that won't help the chances of restart.
Root is having a chat with the umpires regarding light. Both the openers are coming off. Bad light has stopped play. This doesn't look good for the Test match. Umpires are still in the middle and strangely covers are coming on the field now. Hopefully, we will get more play today but to be honest I don't see light getting any better than what it is right now.
Joe Root, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Jack Leach [1.0-0-3-0] is back into the attack
A slip, leg slip and a forward short leg in place
Dark clouds have covered the Hagley Oval, light doesn't look great. Can well be the reason why Leach's been summoned back into the attack. I predict the umpires will have a look at the light meter very soon.
Cannot keep the Barmy Army quiet, can you? They are at their unbeatable best once again. They are going vocal about Broady at the moment"He is Big, He is BadHe is better than his DadStuart Broad, Stuart Broad "
Stuart Broad [4.0-1-11-0] is back into the attack
Back live for the final session. Can England get some momentum with the ball or will New Zealand's progress continue? We'll find out. Jimmy to start after Tea
15:10 Local Time: Leach wanted to bowl one more but the umpires say that it is Tea. Good little passage for the Kiwis as the openers have seen through the initial spells of Anderson and Broad. There's been plenty of movement and Leach got it to turn in the one over he bowled. However, nothing alarming yet and if you can apply yourself, runs can be made on this pitch. Still a mountain to climb though for NZ. England hold the aces at the moment, despite their surprisingly inept approach earlier in the day and with still over 350 in the bank, they are favorites to level the series. It would need a strong final session for the hosts to break this game open heading into the final day. Can they do it? Back in 15 to find out.
Jack Leach, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
Time for spin as the debutant gets ready to roll his arm over. He might get to bowl a couple before Tea. Interesting to see if he gets some turn
Mark Wood, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Erasmus has a word with Broad, presumably about running on the danger area of the surface. Not an official caution as such but he did have a bit to say. Broady decides to switch to round the wicket
The physio comes out to have a look. Raval is a tough lad and seems better than what it seemed initially. Ready to resume
Stuart Broad, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Latham and Jeet Raval are at the crease. Latham is on strike. Anderson will open the attack