Latham, Raval in safe start as New Zealand chase 382

Lawrence Cooper
April 4, 2018

Not after batting more than three hours and ensuring New Zealand escaped with a series sealing draw against England on Tuesday evening.

And England looked on track to salvage something from their travels and level the series as Stuart Broad (2-72) claimed wickets from the first two balls in Christchurch on Tuesday.

Sodhi, who feared he may have finished with a broken finger, said it was a hard period to bat through. That has been probably the most frustrating thing as a side, we let ourselves down in that first innings and bar that we've played some good cricket.

England's long and arduous winter will end without tangible reward unless they can somehow eke 10 New Zealand wickets out of an unresponsive surface on Day Five of the second Test here.

With the England pair having struggled to find much rhythm in the morning and scoring slowly, it took time out of the game and allowed New Zealand to strengthen their grip on securing a draw.

"Series victories, especially over England, don't come around that often and just to be part of this, especially when I was quite disappointed with my performance with the ball, was massive for me", Sodhi said. But Sodhi was determined on not giving up and he got an able partner in Neil Wagner who just blocked and blocked and blocked.

Michael Atherton: "This is England's worst run away from home since just after the Second World War now without a Test victory, it comes down to an inability to take wickets with the Kookaburra ball on flatter pitches".

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"We didn't get off to the best start, first two balls we thought it could be a tough day".

It was left to Sodhi and Wagner to hold down the fort and they did exactly that, seeing out more than 31 overs and although Wagner fell to Root, the umpires immediately called an end to play amid the fading light. "They got examined and tested in different areas but they did a great job to get through".

"We've played four (tests) this year, I think there is a little bit of frustration", he said.

Ross Taylor (13) blocked to prevent a hat-trick but soon became spinner Jack Leach's first Test victim with a reverse sweep straight to Alastair Cook at short backward square.

Sodhi then joined with Wagner in the eighth-wicket partnership which ended England's hopes, shaking off a number of blows to the body, one to the forearm and another which might have cracked a finger.

Sodhi ducked, weaved, slashed and took hits to the body as he produced his third Test 50, facing 168 balls, while Wagner faced 103 balls for his seven.

Henry Nicholls went for 13 and BJ Watling was out for 19.

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