Cricket-New Zealand humble England in second test to win series 1-0


Cricket - Second Test - England v New Zealand - Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham, Britain - June 13, 2021 England's Joe Root shakes hands with New Zealand's Tom Latham after the match Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) -New Zealand crushed hosts England by eight wickets in the second and final test on Sunday to seal a 1-0 series win after chasing down a target of 38 runs on the fourth day at Edgbaston.

The result meant New Zealand, who thoroughly outplayed the hosts in the match, secured a first test series win in England since 1999 and only their third overall in the country.

England had been reduced to 122-9 at stumps on day three with a slender lead of 37 runs and Olly Stone was caught behind off Trent Boult on the first ball of the day on Sunday, leaving the visitors on the verge of a famous victory.

New Zealand lost Devon Conway for three after the opening batsman fished at a Stuart Broad delivery only to edge it to James Bracey before Will Young (8) played a ball on to his stumps off Stone to leave the visitors at 33-2.

But stand-in skipper Tom Latham (23 not out), who went past 4,000 runs in test cricket during his knock, and Ross Taylor (0 not out) guided them to 41-2 in 10.5 overs.

Latham praised the squad's depth after they came into the contest having made six changes from the drawn first test at Lord's.

"It's great to have that performance under the belt. We were outstanding over the four days, everyone who came in did their roles," Latham said.

"It's fantastic for the depth of New Zealand cricket. Will Young, Matt Henry haven't had much opportunity but the way they stood up was outstanding.

"England have a fantastic bowling attack and we played them really well. We adapted well and put good numbers on the board."

England skipper Joe Root said his team had "massively underperformed".

"It hasn't been our best week, has it? Credit to New Zealand they have outperformed us throughout the game," Root said.

"It's a tough one to take because at the start of the week I thoroughly thought we could come here and win the series, but in all departments we could have been a little bit better if we're being brutally honest."

New Zealand will enjoy an extra day's rest before they take on India in the ICC World Test Championship Final starting in Southampton on Friday.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by Clare Fallon)

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