Williamson, Taylor tons help NZ draw Test, win England series

Tanya Simon
December 3, 2019

Afterwards, none of the England players knew where to look.

The Black Caps batsman scored his 19th Test ton before rain intervened in Hamilton.

It all happened on the fourth delivery of the 49th over when Williamson was perhaps deceived by England fast bowler Jofra Archer's change in action.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was given not one but two chances on his way to an unbeaten 104 in the second innings of their drawn Test against England. Taylor, meanwhile, became only the second New Zealand batsman after Stephen Fleming to breach the 7000-run barrier in Test cricket, with his 83rd run in this knock.

England may long ponder what could have been.

The tourists earned a 101-run first-innings lead after they were all out for 476 on the penultimate day of the second Test - largely thanks to Joe Root's sensational 226 which marked the Yorkshireman's return to form.

'I felt good. It was nice to get going this morning and I felt like once I got in, I had the bit between my teeth and wanted to make it a really big one and try to get us in a position where we could force a result in this game'.

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Having already survived one scare, Kane Williamson chipped the ball to Joe Denly at midwicket, Jofra Archer was already celebrating - but Denly shells it!

Joe Denly hangs his head after dropping Kane Williamson. He then went on to register his 32nd Test fifty and the century of his partnership with Ross Taylor as he drove Curran past mid-off in his final over of the opening spell.

Williamson brought up his 21st Test century with a four off Joe Root in the third over after lunch, while Taylor reached century number 19 with a flourish in Root's next over when he smacked a four and two sixes in consecutive balls.

New Zealand resumed on Tuesday five short of making England bat again, with eight wickets up their sleeve and needing only a draw for another home series triumph.

The draw saw New Zealand win the two-Test series 1-0, with their next assignment taking on Australia in Perth from December 12.

The squad will be hopeful to have Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme fit again after the duo missed the second test through injuries.

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