Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MJ Prior
110(182) 20x4 - 0x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • back defence
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 4 0 4 0 0 0 1
PG Fulton
136(346) 15x4 - 3x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 2 3 2 1 4 1

Best performances - Bowlers

ST Finn
O37.3
M8
R125
W6
Eco3.33
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
KS Williamson
O20.0
M8
R44
W4
Eco2.20
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

END OF OVER:
143 | 1 Run | ENG: 315/9

  • MJ Prior110 (182b)
  • MS Panesar2 (5b)
  • TA Boult29-13-55-1
  • KS Williamson20-8-44-4

That will be it from one of the finest Test matches in recent memory. Abhishek Purohit signing off, cheers, Test cricket lovers.

The series trophy is handed to both the captains, and that concludes the presentation, without naming any Player of the Series or Match.

Presentation on, and Alastair Cook is called up first as visiting captain. Cook: "Huge relief. We have had to fight. NZ outplayed us over five days. Our never say die attitude, we have proved a hard side to beat. At no stage did we underestimate NZ. We did not play as well as we would have liked, but that takes nothing away from NZ, who put us under huge pressure. I see Monty in those situations, I would not want any one else there. I have had four of these last ball escapes now. To have the support we have with the Barmy Army is fantastic."

Brendon McCullum: "Mixed emotions. Incredibly proud of the boys. We have absorbed pressure and put it on a very good England side. Pretty much tried everything, we came up against some of the best players in the world. We gave it everything, wonderful Test and series. Performances we put in this series we are treading in the right direction. We are not the finished product, long way to go. Peter Fulton, outstanding in this match. Lovely story, absolutely delighted. Fought his way back to international cricket, against one of the best sides in the world."

What a Test match. The opponents are moved enough to embrace, Southee and Prior, then Monty, the Barmy Army sings on and on, Southee pats Prior on the back one final time. Prior walks into the embrace of Stuart Broad, Ian Bell, Jimmy Anderson, Graham Gooch, all hug the saviour

New Zealand do not win too many Test matches, especially against big sides like England. They deserved to win today, it was that one drop, by Brownlie off Ian Bell. Bell batted another session after that reprieve, and Prior took over. But from England apparently just having to turn up to win 3-0, to having to depend on No 11 to avoid a series defeat, New Zealand have shown what they can do.

Kane Williamson's young voice cracks: "Gutted. The boys tried really hard. Good effort across all three matches, but at the moment we are not looking at that."

Tim Southee: "I do not know what the right word is, but we are gutted. To fight so hard for five days and come so close, bit of luck would have been nice, we bowled our heart out and created chances. Prior played one hell of an innings, along with Bell earlier."

Matt Prior: I am not really one to celebrate draws but this was a phenomenal effort. First innings was disappointing. To get to the line is unbelievable. We had to bat 90 overs, the wicket was good, only going to get slower, you don't want to be blocking everything, you want to play your shots. Broad and I have had some good partnerships in the past and we know how to get each other coming. He has worked hard with Andy Flower on his batting and this shows that has paid off. I backed Monty all the way. You want to stay relaxed, but it is hard to."

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Jules: "Dear NZ fans, I know sympathy is not what you wanted (especially from an Aussie), but you're team has almost won more respect through this than if that bail had fallen off and they'd won. Well done."

Isaac: "I was fairly convinced we (England) wouldn't do it today, but cricinfo mentioned Faf's epic innings at the start of the day and that gave me hope. I've been up all night and although my sleep pattern is now ruined, I'm thankful to New Zealand and England for giving us a great Test match."

Karl: "Well played England, especially Prior and Bell, phenomenal displays of concentration and determination. But what kept NZ from a win (besides the chances) was a really poor performance from Bruce Martin - 65 overs in the match for no wickets, and outbowled on a 5th day pitch by Williamson's part-time offspin. Not good enough."

John: "The best thing about this game is that we never have to have another discussion about the relative virtues of Test and T20 cricket. We can just point to this game and say "Tests are better" and leave it at that."

142.6
0
Boult to Prior, no run, that is it, Prior defends a pitched up ball and raises his arms as Monty sprints across to hug him

Last ball, it has come down to this, McCullum hobbles across for one last chat with his bowler

142.5
0
Boult to Prior, no run, good length, the might of Matt Prior behind it to defend
142.4
0
Boult to Prior, no run, leg side from round the stumps, and it is clipped wide into open space at deep square

The Barmy Army like that, they really do

142.3
1
Boult to Panesar, 1 run, Monty has done it, he is off strike, Boult has given him a full toss outside off, and a push has rolled and stopped at deep mid off
142.2
0
Boult to Panesar, no run, back of a length, Monty hangs the bat inside the line as it bounces past

Prior walks up to sound some encouragement

142.1
0
Boult to Panesar, no run, almost the outside edge, Monty pushes forward and the length ball beats him

Six balls, one wicket, Monty on strike. Who will it be? It is Trent Boult. Another long discussion between the batsmen, Monty, all grace under pressure, smiles

Prem: "This is it. I need new nails."

Amir: "God, I know you're watching...I'd just like to say THANK YOU!!!"

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MJ Prior
110(182) 20x4 - 0x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • back defence
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 4 0 4 0 0 0 1
PG Fulton
136(346) 15x4 - 3x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 2 3 2 1 4 1

Best performances - Bowlers

ST Finn
O37.3
M8
R125
W6
Eco3.33
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
KS Williamson
O20.0
M8
R44
W4
Eco2.20
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF