England inflict a clean sweep over World Test champions


Aryan Surana

England ticked off the remaining runs on the final day with little fuss as they beat New Zealand by seven wickets to inflict a whitewash in Brendon McCullum's first series in charge as red-ball coach. The hosts consumed just 93 balls to score the 113 runs that were needed on the last day.

Rain delayed proceedings earlier and not a single ball was bowled in the entire first session. But the moment the play was deemed possible with the skies clearing up, England peeled off their runs at a fair clip to ensure they were over the line in a jiffy.

Brief scores: New Zealand 329 (Daryl Mitchell 109; Jack Leach 5/100) & 326 (Tom Blundell 88*; Jack Leach 5/66) lost toEngland360 (Jonny Bairstow 162; Trent Boult 4/104) & 296/3 (Joe Root 86*, Ollie Pope 82) by 7 wickets