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England hold on to draw cricket test

England have held on against expectations to draw the final test against New Zealand at Eden Park.

 
 

Matt Prior

ENGLAND have held on against expectations to draw the final test against New Zealand at Eden Park.

They successfully managed to bat the entire fifth day, with number 11 batsman Monty Panesar surviving five balls to ensure his side grabbed a share of the spoils as the series was tied o-o.

He was partnered with Matt Prior at the end, who scored a magnificent unbeaten 110, to deny New Zealand their first test series win over England in 14 years.

England ended on 315-9, never threatening their target of 481.

Kane Williamson, who took two late wickets to put New Zealand on the front foot at the end of day four did similar the following day, nicking out Stuart Broad and James Anderson in the space of three balls in the fourth-last over.

That left Panesar, generally a poor batsman, and Prior to survive 19 balls.

They managed it, with Prior showing his delight at the conclusion of his face-saving innings.

Broad had earlier taken 103 minutes to get off the mark, and was eventually out for six off 77 balls, an impressive effort given the match situation.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum strained a hamstring while diving and struggled to walk for the final two sessions.

They were also hampered by some poor fielding, with Dean Brownlie dropping Ian Bell, who went on to score 75, on 39, and Williamson missing Jonny Bairstow on two.

Prior also had some luck, with a ball from Neil Wagner which looped off his bat handle glancing the stumps but not knocking off the bails.

The two sides will meet again for the return series in May.

 
 

 
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