England v New Zealand: Hosts slip to 199-run defeat & series draw

By Stephan ShemiltBBC Sport at Headingley
Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook, having lost five partners in the morning session, is lbw for 56 shortly after lunch
Second Test, day five, Headingley
New Zealand 350 & 454-8 dec
England 350 & 255: Buttler 73; Williamson 3-15, Craig 3-73
New Zealand won by 199 runs

England slipped to a 199-run defeat on the final day of the second Test against New Zealand at Headingley to draw the series 1-1.

Needing 455 to win or, more realistically, to bat through the day for a draw, the home side were bowled out for 255 an hour after tea.

Alastair Cook made 56 and Jos Buttler 73, but England failed to recover from losing 4-15 in the first hour.

Off-spinners Mark Craig and Kane Williamson each claimed three wickets, with Trent Boult taking 2-61.

A level series is deserved for the Black Caps, who fought back from 2-2 on day one to claim their first Test win in England since 1999.

Ex-England captain Michael Vaughan on Test Match Special
"The way New Zealand play, they put you under pressure in every single session. The bowling matches the batting in aggression. If you look at the 10 days of cricket, New Zealand won seven and a half. If we played a third Test, New Zealand would go on to win."

They stay third in the International Cricket Council Test rankings, two places above England.

"We've played like this for a while now, and I maintain a belief in that this is how we give ourselves the greatest chance in Test cricket," said Kiwi captain Brendon McCullum.

"There were times when we behind the eight-ball - we were 2-2 after losing the toss. But we got back in the game and were we able to push on with our aggressive intent from there.

"We haven't always been good enough to demand longer Test series, but the way we're playing at the moment, if we continue to improve then we'll give ourselves the opportunity to have longer series."

For Cook's side, defeat comes a week after a thrilling 124-run success in the first Test at Lord's and means they have won two, lost two and drawn one of their last five matches.

While inconsistency can be expected from an XI where six have played 13 Tests or fewer, there are causes for concern ahead of the Ashes, which begin on 8 July.

One is the form of Ian Bell, who has managed only 55 runs in eight innings since making 143 in the first Test against West Indies.

His dismissal for one was part of an 11-over spell in which the England top order folded in the Headingley wind.

How's stat?!
New Zealand's victory was their first in 12 Tests against England but their biggest in terms of runs, surpassing their 189-run win at Hamilton in 2008

The hosts had added three runs to their overnight 44-0 when the impressive Boult had a flat-footed Adam Lyth poking behind, with Gary Ballance then bowled off his pads to complete a series return of 36 runs in four innings.

Craig struggled for a consistent length in conditions that offered him plenty of assistance, but saw Bell turn a short ball to leg slip.

Two balls later, Joe Root, who claimed on day four that England were still aiming for victory, forced another shorter delivery to short leg, where he was brilliantly caught by Tom Latham.

Cook watched from the other end, batting with the calmness of a man who averages 64 in 2015, cutting and nudging his way to a 42nd Test half-century and 9,000 runs in Test cricket.

He found support from Ben Stokes, but both fell to part-time spinner Williamson, who posed more of a threat than Craig.

How's stat?!
New Zealand are now unbeaten in their past seven Test series

Stokes edged a cut shot behind, Cook missed a full ball to be lbw and when Moeen Ali shouldered arms to be bowled by Matt Henry, only Buttler and the tail remained.

Taking several blows on a pitch showing increasing uneven bounce, Buttler mixed patience with power through the leg side - he pulled Craig for six - in compiling a 111-ball half-century.

Stuart Broad and Mark Wood each provided spells of resistance, only for Broad to play on off Williamson and Wood to find second slip when Tim Southee took the second new ball.

And when Buttler left Craig to be lbw, England's second successive defeat at Headingley was sealed with 19.1 overs remaining.

"The ball was turning, and that four-wicket burst really hurt us," conceded Cook.

"But it's been a thoroughly enjoyable Test series, the spirit from both teams has been fantastic.

"Credit to the way New Zealand played in this second innings, we had chances in both these games."

Adam Lyth
Adam Lyth added 177 with Alastair Cook in the first innings and 47 in the second
Gary Ballance
Gary Ballance has made 1, 0, 29 and 6 in this series
Ian Bell
Ian Bell's highest score in his past eight innings is 29
Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook's half-century was the 49th time he has passed 50 in Tests
Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler spent almost three hours over his 73, which contained 13 fours and a six

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