Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Day 5

714dESPNcricinfo staff

McCullum 'proud' as NZ stay true to their style

Brendon McCullum was delighted with the way his team had stayed true to their attacking instincts in levelling the Investec series against England with only their fifth Test victory in the country

715dJarrod Kimber

McCullum's Force of Nature XI

The New Zealand team has been built in its captain's image. When Brendon McCullum attacks, everyone follows. But it has been a long journey

715dDavid Hopps at Headingley

New Zealand's deserved reward for keeping faith

There was a heck of a wind at Headingley, but New Zealand refused to be blown off course and despite the setback of losing at Lord's steadfastly stood by their instincts

714dGeorge Dobell at Headingley

England search for elusive ruthlessness

There are seven young or inexperienced players in this England team. Inconsistency is inevitable. They are going to require patience if they are to fulfil their potential

Day 4

713dThe Report by Alan Gardner

Rain delays NZ pursuit of victory

New Zealand's enterprising cricket during the second Investec Test had put them in a position where only the weather or a record-breaking performance by England's batsmen could deny them a series-levelling victory

713dS Rajesh

Frenetic New Zealand, expensive Broad

Though there wasn't much cricket on the fourth day at Headingley, New Zealand's astonishing scoring rate ensured some interesting numbers

Day 3

173dThe Report by Alan Gardner

Watling hundred puts NZ in control

BJ Watling made his fifth Test hundred - and first against England - as New Zealand moved into a commanding position at Headingley

173dGeorge Dobell

The secret to Cook's revival? A secret coach

What does Cook's decision to use a freelance coach say about Loughborough? What does it say about the value for money the ECB are gaining from all the millions invested

713dDavid Hopps at Headingley

Watling's century has its own majesty

While Brendon McCullum and Mike Hesson were both honoured by the Queen, an understated cricketer unlikely to attract royal attention played the considered innings that might well bring New Zealand victory

Day 2

713dThe Report by Alan Gardner

NZ hit back after Lyth ton, Cook landmark

Alastair Cook went past Graham Gooch as England's leading Test run-scorer as he and Adam Lyth made his maiden Test hundred before New Zealand fought back in the evening

713dGeorge Dobell at Headingley

Cook does it his way to reach iconic landmark

It can be hard to remember individual strokes from Alastair Cook, but the accumulative effect over the years has been a reassuring presence at the top of England's order and there is still much more to come

713dGeorge Dobell at Headingley

Cook breaks England Test runs record

Alastair Cook became England's highest Test runscorer, overhauling Graham Gooch, when he reached 32 against New Zealand in the second Investec Test at Headingley

713dDavid Hopps at Headingley

No place like home for Lyth

Yorkshire loves to celebrate its own and there was the perfect opportunity to cheer England's latest opener to his first Test century as Adam Lyth asserted his right to partner Alastair Cook in the Ashes

713dESPNcricinfo staff

'He will methodically blunt your bowling attack'

During his innings of 75, England captain Alastair Cook became England's highest run-scorer, going past Graham Gooch's tally of 8900 Test runs. We look at how some in the Twitter world reacted

Day 1

713dThe Report by Alan Gardner

Blows traded on action-packed day

Tom Latham and Luke Ronchi both scored 80s as New Zealand recovered from 2 for 2 and 144 for 5 after being inserted at Headingley

713dGeorge Dobell at Headingley

Anderson's 400 a reward for the hard yards

This generation of English cricket has struck lucky that they have had someone of the longevity of James Anderson but they must learn lessons for the next breed of fast bowler


713dDavid Hopps

Cook hails hero Gooch as prepares to break record

England turned to Mark Ramprakash after the Ashes whitewash but Alastair Cook kept his long-term mentor Graham Gooch close. Now surpassing Gooch would be the perfect way, individually, to prepare to win back those Ashes

A huge win


The margin of victory, New Zealand's second-largest in terms of runs, in Test matches

NZ's favourite venue in Eng


Number of Test wins for NZ at Headingley, the only venue in England where they've won more than one Test

Spin trick


Wickets taken by spinners, which equals the highest for New Zealand in a Test innings in England

Middle-order flop show


Runs scored by England's Nos.3-5, their lowest in a Test innings against New Zealand

Batting on and on


Balls played by Cook in the series, the highest by any England batsman who's played 2 Test in a series

The 9000-run club


Number of batsmen who've scored 9000 Test runs - Alastair Cook became the latest to join the club

Cook's century


Number of times Cook has played 100-plus deliveries in the 4th innings of a Test, the second-most for an England opener after Atherton (13)

Bell's slump


Ian Bell's average in his last eight Test innings, with a highest of 29

Tough for England


Win-loss record at Headingley when teams have been set 300+ fourth-innings targets, since 1950

Second-innings star


Number of second-innings centuries for BJ Watling, out of the five he has in his Test career