In Wellington’s Basin Reserve, it momentarily appeared as though Kane Williamson and Tom Blundell would bat all day on Monday, giving Ben Stokes’ England a challenging target for the second Test. But, the improbable Harry Brook dispatched Centurion Williamson, letting the floodgates open and ending the effective combination.
A follow-on was mandated, ending New Zealand’s second innings early and setting England a target of 258 runs. And the guests responded admirably. Ben Duckett’s good start reduced England’s chase to 210 with nine wickets in hand, despite Tim Southee defeating Zak Crawley before the game’s final day.
It proclaimed, “Ben, my lover is coming to watch the cricket.” I’ve travelled here to see you.
The biggest question is which Ben, one of the on-air analysts exclaimed. Is it Foakes, Duckett, or…
When the funny stories about it spread, another person chimed up, “It’s Stokes based on the hue of her boyfriend’s hair.”
During the conclusion of New Zealand’s innings, a female spectator with a customised banner for “Ben Stokes” was spotted seated next to her hubby.
As the camera panned back to Stokes, he nodded while turning to face the large screen. It is now uncertain if Stokes’ head nod was in response to the female fan’s placard or a shout from his teammates on the field.
With nightwatchman Ollie Robinson at 1* and Duckett at 23*, England will reopen their innings on the last day of the second Test at 48 for 1.