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“Welcome to Brendon McCullum era” – Twitter erupts as England blow New Zealand away in the second Test

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As they say, a team is its manager’s image. England Test team has proved the saying correct after blowing New Zealand away in the second Test of the three-match series. There could not be a better beginning to the new era of English cricket under Brendon McCullum as the English side chased 299 runs in just 50 overs on the final day of a Test.

With this win, England have secured the series already with a 2-0 lead against the reigning Test champions. England and New Zealand were up against in the 2nd Test of the three-game series at the Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The Kiwi skipper Tom Latham won the toss and elected to bat first.

Riding on brilliant twin-centuries from Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell, the visitors posted a mammoth total of 553/10 in the first innings. In reply, Ollie Pope and the former skipper Joe Root emerged as the saviours with the respective centuries as the Brendon McCullum’s men managed to score 539/10.

New Zealand began the second innings with a slender lead of 14 runs. With the help of some handy contributions from Daryl Mitchell, Devon Conway, and Will Young, the Kiwis posted a 284/10 as they gave England a total of 299 to chase in 72 overs.

England begin Brendon McCullum’s era with a bang

Little did the Kiwis know that this English team will go for the kill. On Tuesday, they were struck by a thunderstorm named Johnny Bairstow. The destructive batter smashed the 2nd fastest Test century by an Englishman off 77 deliveries to help his team to pull off a miraculous victory.

The skipper Ben Stokes also contributed vital runs with his willow as he remained unbeaten for 75 runs to help his team secure the win. This is a win for ages and has Brendon McCullum written all over it. It is a win that has come after a long time of sheer hopelessness and heartbreaks for the English Test cricket.


While the players played a major role in the victory, the fans could not stop themselves from praising the former New Zealand skipper and England’s current head coach Brendon McCullum.

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