England Complete 3-0 Sweep As Bairstow Plays Attacking Cricket

England Complete 3-0 Sweep As Bairstow Plays Attacking Cricket

England have completed a 3-0 whitewash over New Zealand, with their third and final win coming here at Leeds. It was a fantastic series that saw the start of a new era in English cricket. England were being criticized harshly for their poor standards of Test Cricket, as they faced a huge loss in the Ashes. Constant batting collapses had become an identity of this team. While this series too saw England batters being dismissed cheaply, it undoubtedly has been a great improvement when compared to their previous tours. Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum have certainly become one of the most likable captain-coach duo among current cricketing nations.

The third test at Leeds was similar to the first two ones. New Zealand posted a daunting target for a fourth-innings chase, and England chased it down in a hurry. Bairstow scored the second-fastest half-century by an England batter in test cricket. He reached the milestone in 29 balls. Joe Root, who looked set to score yet another century, did not get the chance to do it as Bairstow kept continuing his rampage. 

Joe Root was declared the player of the series, as he scored the highest runs for his team, a total of 396 over three tests. Bairstow was not far behind, as he caught up incredibly after a string of low scores in the first three innings. Williamson tried his best to strike wickets, employing several tactics throughout the innings. But the in-form duo was too good to fall down.

Change Of Mindset Has Worked For Us – Ben Stokes

“It has gone really well. A 3-0 win against the best team in the world, it’s absolutely phenomenal”, Stoke said in the post-match presentation. “It’s about the change of the mindset of the lads towards Test cricket. To say that we have done it so quickly is unbelievable. Huge credit to Brendon and the backroom staff. Trent Bridge was incredible but being 55 for 6 and then doing what we did and the manner in which we did was the most pleasing thing. It has really set the level people want to come in and perform for the Test side.

Pottsy has taken it like fish to water. Broady, even at 36, bowling these many overs, and fantastic to see Leachy. When we got together, we picked the players who offer the best in every position. Pope’s been fantastic, carrying his form from Surrey and showing the world what Pope is about. India are a different opposition but we will come out with the same mindset.”


Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.