New Zealand held their nerve to beat England in a thrilling second Test and draw the series 1-1 on Tuesday. In a remarkable feat, the home side, having been forced to follow-on by England, became just the third team (after England and India) to win a Test match after following-on.
This was only the fourth instance a team has won a Test after being asked to follow-on, with England managing it twice, against Australia in 1894 and 1981, while India beat Australia in 2001. Neil Wagner took the decisive wicket of James Anderson as New Zealand wicketkeeper Tom Blundell pulled off a diving catch to secure the win.
Wagner finished with 4-62, and praised his team for their fighting spirit. “Amazing achievement, hats off to everyone, everyone kept fighting,” said Wagner. Blundell was delighted to hang on to the tumbling catch. “Saw it well and luckily it went in clean. Pretty happy,” said the wicketkeeper.
The topsy-turvy Test match saw England on course for victory after declaring their first innings on 435-8, then bowling out New Zealand for 209. However, former skipper Kane Williamson dragged New Zealand back into the Test with a superb
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