At the Basin Reserve in Wellington on February 28, England lost to New Zealand by a score of one run in the second Test of the two-game series. Brendon McCullum, the head coach of England, praised Neil Warner for his magnificent performance on the last day of the game that propelled the Black Caps to a historic victory.
With a combined 48 runs, Ben Duckett and night watchman Ollie Robinson started Day 2 for England. The hosts made a good start in the opening session, taking four wickets in the first 10 overs to restrict the visitors to 80-5. Ben Stokes, the captain, and Joe Root, the previous captain, led the innings with a vital 121-run stand for the sixth wicket.
During lunch, England needed 57 runs to win the match after left-arm bowler Neil Wagner removed Stokes and Root. He gave his squad a boost with his four for 62 run bowling effort. Wagner got James Anderson’s wicket to help his team to one of their closest victories in Test cricket history.
Because the game is challenging, challenging characters must find a solution, and they do. Neil Wagner is one of the toughest persons I’ve ever met. It goes without saying that if you play against him now, you know that he has a large heart and will find a solution when necessary since I had the pleasure of guiding them for a long length of time.
The tenacious attitude of the New Zealand team was significantly affected by McCullum’s leadership. 2012 saw the debut of McCullum and Wagner in a Test match in the Caribbean.