New Zealand deny England to take Test series

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 4 Dec 2019

Centuries from Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor ensured New Zealand drew a rain-hit second Test against England in Hamilton yesterday, sealing a 1-0 series win.

New Zealand batted the final day needing a big innings to avoid defeat and were helped by sloppy fielding.

Captain Williamson described it as a "good effort" to secure a draw.

But England captain Joe Root felt that a draw was always on the cards.

Rain arrived soon after lunch to end play on the fifth day when New Zealand were 241 for two in their second innings, 140 ahead with Taylor on 105 and Williamson on 104.

It ensured the spoils went to New Zealand after an innings win in the first Test. They have now won eight of their past 10 Test series, with a draw and one loss.

New Zealand resumed the day at 96 for two, and England's hunt for early wickets went off track when Ollie Pope and Joe Denly spilled simple chances from Williamson.

He was on 39 when wicketkeeper Pope put down a regulation offering off the gloves, and on 62 Denly dropped an even easier chance. Williamson chipped a delivery from Jofra Archer straight to Denly at short midwicket. But as the bowler leaped in joy the ball popped out of Denly's hands.

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