PLAYER RATINGS: Neil Wagner comes up trumps for New Zealand

The Cricketer runs the rule over all 22 players following the second Test match between New Zealand and England in Wellington


New Zealand completed a remarkable fightback on day five in Wellington to win the second Test by one run and secure a 1-1 draw in the two-match series.

The Cricketer runs the rule over all 22 players involved in a thriller at Basin Reserve...


Zak Crawley (2 & 24): The curtain must surely be coming down on the first act of Crawley's international career - he has just three fifty-plus knocks in his past 27 innings and was a walking wicket in Wellington. 3

Ben Duckett (9 & 33): Bracewell took a blinder to dismiss him in the first innings. Looked comfortable for his 33 before edging to Blundell. Busy in the field. 4

Ollie Pope (10 & 14): Not at his best with the bat and looked particularly nervy on day five before succumbing to a fine catch from Latham. Rating is boosted by three remarkable catches - a valuable string to his bow. 5.5

Joe Root (153* & 95; 1-39): A fairly textbook Joe Root century as he finally found his voice in the Bazball era and looked to have rescued England from a perilous position on day five (he was, however, responsible for running out Brook). Handy with the ball when required. 8.5

Harry Brook (186 & 0; DNB & 1-25): A century - his best yet in Test cricket given the position (21 for 3) he walked into - and a maiden Test wicket to spark New Zealand's collapse on day four. He truly has the Midas touch. Not at all responsible for his second innings' run out. 8.5


Harry Brook took his maiden Test wicket [Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images]

Ben Stokes (27 & 33; DNB & 0-16): Burnt a good start with a needless hack in the first innings. Soldiered on valiantly for 116 balls on day five despite jarring his knee. Added little with the ball. 5

Ben Foakes (0 & 35): Masterful with the gloves, taking four catches and oozing cool to run out Bracewell. Fell on his face in the first innings; came within touching distance of rescuing England by steering the tail to within seven runs of victory in the second - may regret attempting to pull Southee. 7

Stuart Broad (14 & 11; 4-61 & 1-79): Picked up three wickets in three overs early on day three to wrap up New Zealand's first innings; worked hard for little reward in the second and probably covered more metres than the rest of the team combined in the field. Thwacked a few runs. 6.5

Ollie Robinson (18 & 2; 0-31 & 1-84): Bowled 40 overs with little reward; deserved more than one wicket for a controlled and disciplined performance. Handy runs alongside Root in the first innings but didn't add anything as nightwatcher. 6.5

Jack Leach (6* & 1*; 3-80 & 5-157): His five-for might not have been pretty but it was thoroughly deserved after toiling for 61.3 overs. Performed admirably in unfavourable conditions. Did drop Southee on the boundary. Dogged defence a la Headingley in 2019 nearly saw England home. 7

James Anderson (DNB & 4; 3-37 & 0-77): So very nearly the hero with the bat. Excelled with the new ball in the first innings, looked thoroughly exhausted in the second. 6.5


Ben Stokes and Tim Southee [Phil Walter/Getty Images]


Tom Latham (35 & 83): Rather unfortunate dismissal in the first innings - was it glove, was it arm guard? Responded with a half-century and nearly four hours of determined resistance. A couple of important catches in the second innings. 7.5

Devon Conway (0 & 61): Departed in the first over of the first innings (a faint edge through to Foakes) but like Latham, put it behind him to dismantle England's hopes of a three-day finish. One half of a valuable 149-run opening stand. 7

Kane Williamson (4 & 132): Drawn into a needless edge by Anderson but bounced back with a second-innings century reminiscent of his best Test form. Patiently accumulated runs, frustrated England's bowlers, and formed vital partnerships with Nicholls, Mitchell and Blundell. 8.5

Will Young (2 & 8): Copped for two lovely deliveries, particularly Anderson's in the first innings, but the numbers - 12 single-figure knocks in 22 innings - speak for themselves. 2.5

Henry Nicholls (30 & 29): Two contrasting innings - brisk-scoring in the first, determined defence in the second. Got himself in on both occasions and will be disappointed not to have kicked on. 5


Kane Williamson [Phil Walter/Getty Images]

Daryl Mitchell (13 & 54; 0-61 & DNB): The victim of a sensational catch by Pope in the first innings but injected some much-needed impetus on day four with a combative, run-a-ball half-century. Shouldn't have given into the temptation of Broad's short ball, however. Expensive with ball in hand. 7

Tom Blundell (39 & 90): Contributed with the bat in both innings and proved his worth lower down the order once again. Impressive with the gloves. 8

Michael Bracewell (6 & 8; 2-54 & 0-73): Committed the schoolboy error of failing to ground his bat and was rightfully run out - a dismissal which was the nail in the coffin for New Zealand's second innings. Toiled with the ball but very hit and miss. Good in the field. 4

Tim Southee (73 & 2; 1-93 & 3-45): Sublime with the bat in the first innings, re-energising his side with a counter-attacking half-century to nearly avoid the follow-on. The pick of New Zealand's bowlers. Took the big wicket of Foakes in the second innings and his gamble on Wagner paid off. 8.5

Matt Henry (6 & 0; 4-100 & 2-75): Always looked threatening, particularly with the new ball, even if his discipline did go a bit squiffy at times. Deserved his hatful of wickets and made two crucial interventions in the second innings. 7.5

Neil Wagner (0* & 0*; 1-119 & 4-62): After enduring a torrid series with the ball, Wagner stepped up when his side needed him most with four wickets and two catches on day five, including the match-winning scalp of Anderson when England were just two runs shy of victory. Lion-hearted. 8


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