After five days it was a draw. The last England versus New Zealand test produced no winner. The series produced no winner. Yet the action of the last day was fantastic. Both sides and their fans can bask in acts of glory and heroism, resulting in an honourable draw under the rules.
In the spirit of cricket the New Zealand team website salutes the amazing innings of Matt Prior, 110 not out from batting 269 minutes. His innings, along with Bell’s brilliant 352 minutes of resistance, and Stuart Broad taking 137 minutes to score very few, allowed England to save the match. Meanwhile a part time bowler Williamson took two wickets in the same over to give New Zealand a chance of victory and ended with astonishing figures of 4-44. Their seamers strode in energetically and purposefully for the whole day, always leaving their fans with the belief that they were going to win. When Boult had the ball in his hand England hearts wobbled.
It was great box office. It broke all the rules of other games – it took too long, it had no result, one of the teams simply had to spend time and absorb pressure. It made brilliant drama. The fact that both teams can praise the other after such a forceful encounter is the true spirit of cricket.