ENG vs NZ: I Watched A Lot Of It, Didn’t Have Too Much Else To Do – Kane Williamson On Second Test In Nottingham

Kane Williamson. PC-Twitter

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson revealed his reaction to the visitor’s five-wicket loss in the second Test at Trent Bridge and applauded England for their courageous efforts in the challenging chase.

Williamson missed the second Test because of testing positive for COVID-19 and was forced to isolate himself for five days. Tom Latham stood as captain of the Black Caps in the second Test in Williamson’s absence.

England thumped New Zealand in an epic chase

New Zealand set England a target of 299 on the final day of the second Test in Nottingham. All it took for England was 50 overs and a charged-up Jonny Bairstow in support of new Test skipper Ben Stokes to script another classic run-chase in Test cricket.

Bairstow scored the second-fastest hundred by an England batter in 77 balls, one short of the record held by Gilbert Jessop in 1902 against Australia. The Yorkshire batter obliterated the New Zealand bowling attack comprising Boult, Tim Southee, Matt Henry and Michael Bracewell during the chase.

Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow. PC- Getty
Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow. PC- Getty

The capacity crowd at Trent Bridge was fortunate enough to witness Bairstow’s brutal shots, including 14 boundaries and seven sixes at a strike rate of 147.83, which is the highest strike rate while chasing a target in a Test match.

Stokes played the second fiddle during his 179-run alliance with Bairstow but once the latter was caught behind off Boult’s bowling, the England skipper charged down to provide the finishing touches with an undefeated 75 in 70 balls (10 fours and four sixes).

It was interesting to watch and connect from the other side: Kane Williamson

While reflecting on his thoughts on losing the second Test, Williamson said he watched the game from his hotel room to pass his isolation period. The New Zealand captain praised their opponents for their approach in the chase.

I don’t shout at the TV, I watch and observe. It’s always interesting seeing it from a different perspective, although it wasn’t my preferable place to be. It was interesting to watch and connect from the other side a little bit. I watched a lot of it, I didn’t have too much else to do,” Williamson said on Wednesday in a press conference ahead of the third and final Test at Headingley. 

“There was a lot of effort that went into the match (at Trent Bridge) and you do have to applaud the quality England have come in with. It was a Test where both teams put their front foot forward and played some shots.

Gary Stead: Red-ball Cricket Will Suit Kane Williamson
Gary Stead and Kane Williamson (Image Credits: IPL)

“England are a strong side playing well, so for us, it’s about improving as a side… (that’s the) bigger picture. Their style is theirs. It appears to have evolved a little bit. For us it’s focusing on our cricket and finding different areas of the game to target and be aware they are choosing to play a different brand that seems to be suiting them. The focus is us and wanting to be better,” he added. 

England and New Zealand will play the third Test on Thursday (June 23) at the Headingley in Leeds. The hosts have already sealed the three-match series with an unassailable 2-0 lead.

Also Read: ENG vs NZ: Jimmy’s Not Pulled Up As Much As We’d Like To So Jamie Overton Is Going To Make His Debut – Ben Stokes

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ENG vs NZ: New Zealand’s Predicted Playing XI Against England 3rd Test

England vs New Zealand 1st Test (Image Credits: Twitter)

New Zealand take on England in the third and final Test match starting on June 23. The visitors have already lost the three-match series after losing the first two Tests. They are playing for pride in the third Test and looking to pull one back.

The Kiwis have now lost 50 Test matches against England in their age-old rivalry. In 109 Test matches between the two sises, the Kiwis have won just 12 test matches overall. They have a win percentage of 11 per cent against England which is probably their worst against the top teams.

England vs New Zealand
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The side is grappling with the injury and availability problems of their key players. Colin de Grandhomme and Kyle Jamieson are already unavailable for the final Test. There are also question marks over Devon Conway‘s availability after he contracted covid. Kane Williamson is fit and will make a comeback into New Zealand‘s playing XI.

ENG vs NZ: New Zealand’s Predicted Playing XI Against England 3rd Test

Tom Latham

Tom Latham, New Zealand
Tom Latham (Image Credit: Twitter)

Latham led the Kiwis in the absence of Kane Williamson in the second Test. He scored 26 and 4 in the two innings of the second Test. The southpaw needs to be back amongst the runs for his side in the third Test.

Also Read: ENG vs NZ: Jimmy’s Not Pulled Up As Much As We’d Like To So Jamie Overton Is Going To Make His Debut – Ben Stokes

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ENG vs NZ: Kane Williamson Confirms Return To New Zealand XI For Third Test Against England In Leeds

Kane Williamson, New Zealand

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will be back in action as he confirmed his return to the BlackCaps XI for the upcoming third Test match against England which will be played in Headingley, Leeds from June 23rd onwards. He had missed the second Test after contracting the Covid-19 virus.

New Zealand is already 0-2 down in the three-Test series after losing at Lord’s and Nottingham. Tom Latham had captained New Zealand in absence of Kane Williamson in the Nottingham Test.

Kane Williamson confirmed that both Neil Wagner and Ajaz Patel are part of the 13-man squad and will be in consideration for the 3rd Test.

Neil Wagner
Neil Wagner (Image Credit: Twitter)

It’s Great To Be Back In The Fold: Kane Williamson To Be Back For New Zealand In 3rd Test

Williamson shed light on his experience of remaining in isolation after contracting Covid-19 as he spent the week in a New Zealand team hotel in his room recovering from the virus. He watched as Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow hammered New Zealand bowling on the fifth and final day of the second Test to chase down 299 runs.

Kane Williamson and Trent Boult. Photo- SkySports
Kane Williamson and Trent Boult. Photo- SkySports

Speaking to the press on the eve of the 3rd Test, Williamson said: “It was obviously pretty frustrating to miss the last Test through Covid but it’s great to be back in the fold.”

Williamson also talked about watching the second Test match and the final day chase by England from his hotel room on TV.

“It was a Test where both teams put their front foot forward, played some shots, it was fast-scoring and in the balance like the first Test,” he said. “I don’t shout at the TV. I watch and observe, it’s always interesting seeing it from a different perspective, although it wasn’t my preferable place to be.

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson bats in the ICC WTC Final. (Photo: Twitter)

It was interesting to watch and connect from the other side a little bit. There was a lot of effort that went into the match. It was an amazing knock from Jonny, and that’s cricket. You do have to applaud the quality England have come in with,” he said.

England confirmed that Ben Stokes overcame his illness and would lead in the 3rd Test in Leeds. James Anderson misses out due to injury and Jamie Overton is all set to make his England Test debut.

Also Read: ENG vs NZ: Jimmy’s Not Pulled Up As Much As We’d Like To So Jamie Overton Is Going To Make His Debut – Ben Stokes

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