New Zealand thrashed England by 8 wickets in the 2nd Test at Edgbaston as they won 2 match test series by 1-0 with more than a day to spare.
England posted a target of just 38 after England tailender Olly Stone was out to the very first ball of the 4th day, the Blackcaps finished on 41-2.
Tom Latham, The Stand-in captain leads the team in place of the injured Kane Williamson, hit the winning boundary to be 23 not out after the first Test of a 2-match series at Lord’s ended in a draw last week.
This victory gave New Zealand just a 3rd win in 18 Test series in England and a first this century after their 1986 and 1999 triumphs, By contrast, this was England’s first series loss at home since a 2014 defeat by Sri Lanka.
England resumed on the brink of defeat at 122-9 in their 2nd innings, a lead of just 37 runs, after a top-order collapse that had seen them slump to 76-7, Stone then fell for his overnight 15 when he edged left-arm quick Trent Boult and was caught behind, with James Anderson in his England record 162nd Test unbeaten on naught.
But the real damage had been done when England’s top-order failed in an innings where fast bowler Mark Wood’s 29 was the top score.
Matt Henry, one of an extraordinary 6 changes to the New Zealand side that played at Lord’s, took the first 3 wickets to fall in a return of 3-36, with Neil Wagner following up with 3-18.
Now New Zealand will face the challenge of India in ICC World Test Championship Final 2021, on 18th of June.
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