Eng Vs NZ: A win that is difficult in Test cricket

In the second Test, which took place in Wellington, New Zealand defeated England by the “barest of margins” to tie the series at one game each. England was bowled out for 256 just before tea after picking up the run chase at 48/1 on the last day and needing 210 runs to win by a score of 2-0. highlights of the historic Test match’s statistics.

Four times a team has won a Test after being forced to play a follow-on. This is the first time that Australia hasn’t been the victim of one of these defeats; the other two were against England in Sydney and Leeds in the years 1894–1995 and India in Kolkata in the years 2000–2001.

Winner Loser Margin 1st inngs lead Venue Season
Eng Aus 10 runs 261 Sydney 1894/95
Eng Aus 18 runs 227 Leeds 1981
Ind Aus 171 runs 274 Kolkata 2000/01
NZ Eng 1 run 226 Wellington 2022/23

New Zealand wins by a single run.the second-largest winning margin out of 2494 Test matches. The only other one-run victory was when West Indies defeated Australia in Adelaide for the Frank Worrell Trophy in 1992/93. If the one-run victory in Adelaide helped West Indies extend their unblemished series streak dating back to 1980, the victory in Wellington enables New Zealand secure their 11th consecutive home unbeaten series streak.


Winner Loser Margin Target Venue Season
WI Aus 1 run 186 Adelaide 1992/93
NZ Eng 1 run 258 Wellington 2022/23
Eng Aus 2 runs 282 Birmingham 2005
Aus Eng 3 runs 124 Manchester 1902
Eng Aus 3 runs 292 Melbourne 1982/83
NZ Pak 4 runs 176 Abu Dhabi 2018/19

Three of New Zealand’s Test victories have been by ten runs or less, and all three have occurred since 2011. At Hobart in 2011–12, they defeated Australia by seven runs, and in Abu Dhabi in 2018–19, they defeated Pakistan by four runs. The only player to appear in all three Tests is Kane Williamson, who won Player of the Match in Wellington.This is the fourth time England has lost a Test by 10 runs or less, with the other three occurring against Australia, the most recent of which occurred in 1902.

226 The 226 run first innings lead is the largest margin England has ever held in a loss. The previous largest lead for England that resulted in a loss was 177 against Australia in Manchester during the 1961 Ashes series. It is also the first time England has lost a Test after batting first and building a 100+ run advantage in the first innings. New Zealand overcame a first innings deficit of 144 against Pakistan in Christchurch in 1993/94, which was the largest one they had ever overcome to win a Test.

3.44 England’s run rate in their 256-run fourth inningsin 74.2 overs were scored. Only once throughout the 23 innings they batted during the Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum era—141 runs in 42.5 overs against South Africa at Lord’s, a scoring rate of 3.29—did they score at a slower rate. This was also the only other defeat for England during this time.

302 Joe Root and Harry Brook’s 302-run partnership is the fourth-highest for a wicket that resulted in a Test loss. While Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood’s 310 against Australia in Adelaide in 2006/07 is the best stand for England, Younis Khan and Mohammed Yousuf’s 363 against England in Leeds in 2006 is the highest stand in a defeat.

Harry Brook was the initial batter.to win a Test with a century and a diamond duck (where balls faced details available). In the first innings, Brook hit a career-high 186 runs, and in the second, he was run out without facing a ball. Monty Panesar at the Oval in 2008 was the only other known instance of an English hitter being removed without facing a ball.

Joe Root’s 248 runs (153* & 95) in Wellington rank second among England batters in Test defeats, trailing only Herbert Sutcliffe’s 303 runs (176 & 127) against Australia in Melbourne in 1924–1925. In total, it was only the second of England’s 29 Test losses when Root had made a century.

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