Kiwis gear up for WTC final with series win over England

Root & Latham
England captain Joe Root congratulates his Kiwi counterpart Tom Latham after the game. Photo: Reuters

Birmingham: New Zealand crushed hosts England by eight wickets in the second and final Test on Sunday to seal a 1-0 series victory after chasing down a target of 38 runs on the fourth day at Edgbaston.

The result meant New Zealand, who thoroughly outplayed the hosts in the match, secured a first Test series win in England since 1999 and only their third overall in the country.

England had been reduced to 122/9 at stumps on day three with a slender lead of 37 runs and Olly Stone was caught behind off Trent Boult off the first ball of the day on Sunday, leaving the visitors on the verge of a famous victory.

New Zealand lost Devon Conway for three after the opening batsman fished at a Stuart Broad delivery only to edge it to James Bracey before Will Young (8) played a ball on to his stumps off Stone to leave the visitors at 33/2.

But stand-in skipper Tom Latham (23 not out) and Ross Taylor (0 not out) guided them to 41/2 in 10.5 overs.

New Zealand
New Zealand players pose with the trophy. Photo: Reuters

The first Test at Lord's was drawn.

New Zealand will now enjoy an extra day's rest before they take on India in the ICC World Test Championship Final starting in Southampton on Friday.

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