New Zealand overcame England by one run in the second Test after being forced to bat next, becoming just the fourth team in cricket history to do so. Inexplicably, England lost four fast wickets after being given a winning score of 258, starting the day at 1-48 when Joe Root and Harry Brook became confused.
Before Ben Duckett was caught behind for 33, Ollie Robinson, a night watchman, was dismissed for two. Before Brook was brilliantly run out by Root, Ollie Pope was the next player to be caught at the slip for 14 runs.
Harry Brook, who was at the non-end striker’s and had not yet faced a ball, was severely damaged by batting partner Root. A fast single was tried by the former England captain, but the ball was struck directly behind the off-side.
Michael Bracewell, though, easily outran Brook after reacting to the ball far faster than Root had anticipated. Brook’s superb 186 in the first innings was a devastating blow to England.
What the heck is going on? a TV commentator stated. That can be the most important event of the day. This is amazing. After seeing a replay, the commentator said, “That is the worst thing I’ve seen in Tests.”
Cricket fans and commentators blamed Root right away since it seemed like he had grill Harry Brook by bringing him in for a single. In cricket, it’s common for the non-striker to determine if the ball is behind square leg.
Harry Brook, though, had little chance of standing alone because Root appeared to make the decision on his own. After being told to leave, Brook got to his feet and flung his head back in shock.