The 158-run stand for the sixth wicket that was central to New Zealand’s comeback in the Wellington Test came to an end when Kane Williamson caught an edge to the wicketkeeper off a harmless delivery down the leg side by Harry Brook, ending his innings on 132. That dismissal opened the floodgates. Seven overs later, Michael Bracewell was run out at the striker’s end, having committed the schoolboy error of not dragging his bat into the crease.
Jack Leach blew the tail away, capturing the last three wickets. Tim Southee’s attempt to loft Leach down the ground yet again backfired as he top-edged the shot and was caught. Matt Henry was undone by a left-armer spinner’s regulation delivery as an outside edge was taken by the slip fielder. Blundell, who had moved into the 90s and was running out of partners, swing for the fences, only to nick off.
In response, England came out with a positive intent – much along predicted lines – and proceeded to polish off 48 runs from the total for the loss of Zac Crawley
The man with the golden arm, Harry Brook 💪
His first test wicket is a key one of Kane Williamson 😍
A breakthrough from out of nowhere! #NZvENG pic.twitter.com/usMAvhIImV
— Cricket on BT Sport (@btsportcricket) February 27, 2023