England frustrated by New Zealand and bad light as second Test is drawn

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It was captivating until the end and – for England – hugely frustrating. They could not bowl out New Zealand on the final day at the Hagley Oval despite the bonus of taking two wickets with the first two deliveries of the day, which were bowled by Stuart Broad.

At lunch England had taken four wickets; at tea they had six and the second new ball had only been used for two overs. In the last session, however, they could muster only two more wickets as New Zealand’s tail resolutely combatted just about everything propelled in their direction, which, when the pacemen were in action, consisted mostly of bouncers. For a jubilant home side the lower order, Colin de Grandhomme, Ish Sodhi and Neil Wagner, who was dismissed by Joe Root with the last ball of the game, augmented the excellent innings of Tom Latham heroically. This trio of lower-order batsmen faced a total of 368 balls between them.

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