The exciting test series between England and New Zealand has concluded, with the hosts whitewashing the visitors 3-0. It was a test series like no other, as England brought their ‘A’ game on the field in each match, every day. Jonny Bairstow was particularly outstanding in the last two matches. His attacking style of play made the difference on both venues. Captain Stokes lauded his side for their incredible comeback in the first innings, after the side were brought down to 55 for 6.
It looked like a big batting collapse for the hosts, before Jonny Bairstow and debutant Overton put on a record-breaking partnership for the seventh wicket. England have managed to put behind themselves the horrible run of one victory in seventeen test matches. Brendon McCullum has incorporated an aggressive approach in his squad. After the hosts were 6 down for 55, it would have been easy for them to give up to the fact that things didn’t work out this time. But the fightback was incredible.
While Ben Stokes himself had significant contribution in the first two wins, it was the duo of Root and Bairstow that took over the newspaper headlines. Matthew Potts, debutant pacer, finished the series as England’s highest wicket-taker. It is a big positive for the hosts as a lot of their current fast bowlers are sidelined due to injury. Stokes reflected on the series win, stating that the captaincy job means much more to him than just the results.
It’s A Pretty Special Start For Me In This New Role – Stokes
“When I took over this job, it was more than results for me,” Stokes said. “It was about changing the mindset of the lads towards Test cricket, about having fun, and enjoying the fact that you’re out there representing your country, and the results look after itself.
But to say that we’ve done it so quickly is just unbelievable,” he added. “I can only do so much, so I’ve got to show a huge amount of credit to Brendon, in the way that he’s come in and influenced this group. The backroom stuff and everyone else has played a part in this series, as well, they’ve just been absolutely phenomenal.
To walk away with a 3-0 series win over the best team in the world is a pretty special start. I’ve got to show a huge amount of testament to the team over these three games. They’ve been absolutely phenomenal.”