New Zealand won the 2-match Test series against England by 1-0 margin after the 2nd Test in Hamilton ended in a draw. Tom Latham’s first innings hundred helped the hosts to post 375 in their first innings. Joe Root, who has been going through a lean patch, bounced back with a record double century to help his team claim a lead of 101 runs. New Zealand lost two early wickets in the second innings but Kane Williamson (104*) and Ross Taylor (105*) scored unbeaten centuries to push the total to 241/2 before rain brought an end to the match.
All the statistical highlights from the drawn Hamilton Test match between New Zealand and England:
New Zealand’s record streaks:
5 – New Zealand has won each of their previous five series in Test cricket at home post their 0-1 series defeat in 2017 against South Africa. This is the longest series winning streak at home for the Blackcaps in the Test format. They won four consecutive Test series at home between 1983 and 1986 which they repeated between 2013 and 2015 as well.
7 – New Zealand have not lost any of their previous seven series in Test cricket; their joint-longest streak in this format without a series defeat. Their previous longest streak of unbeaten series was six between 2013 and 2015.
Root’s record double ton:
1 – Joe Root became the first visiting captain to score a double hundred on New Zealand soil.
Milestones for Taylor and Williamson:
7022 – Runs Ross Taylor has aggregated in Test cricket for New Zealand. He is only the 2nd player to amass 7000 Test runs for New Zealand after Stephen Fleming (7022 runs).
3052 – Kane Williamson completed 3000 runs in Test cricket on New Zealand soil during his century. He amassed 3052 runs in home Test matches thus far at an average of 59.84. Williamson is only the 4th player to score over 3000 Test runs in New Zealand.
3601 – Ross Taylor now has scored more runs on New Zealand soil in Test cricket than any other player. His current tally of 3601 runs has surpassed Brendon McCullum’s 3591 runs.
A record stand between Williamson and Taylor:
3 – The pair of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor have shared three double century partnerships in Test cricket; the most by any New Zealand pair in this format. Overall, this is their 4th 200-run stand in International cricket but their first such partnership at home.
Southee joins Hadlee; Broad goes past Botham:
50 – Tim Southee became only the 2nd New Zealand player to complete 50 wickets in Test cricket against England. Sir Richard Hadlee took a total of 97 Test wickets against the Blackcaps.
66 – Number of wickets for Stuart Broad in Test cricket against New Zealand; the most Test wickets for an England player against the Kiwis. Broad went past Ian Botham’s 64 Test wickets against New Zealand. Overall, Broad’s 66 wickets are the 2nd most by any bowler in England-New Zealand Tests behind Sir Richard Hadlee’s 97.
A series of centurions for New Zealand:
5 – Number of players who scored a hundred for New Zealand in this series; the joint-most for the Blackcaps in a Test series. They had five different centurions in four different Test series with the last such series was against Bangladesh at home played in March this year.
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