NZ's Daryl Mitchell | AFP
NZ's Daryl Mitchell | AFP

Daryl Mitchell, the New Zealand all-rounder had a breakthrough series in England as far as his Test career is concerned scoring 538 runs in 6 innings against England. Daryl Mitchell also became the first overseas player since Sir Donald Bradman to achieve a huge feat in England- scoring 3 consecutive tons in each innings of all 3 Tests.

England deservedly won the three-match Test series against New Zealand 3-0 showing an aggressive intent, however, it was the Kiwi batter, who earned all the plaudits as far as individual performances were concerned. Daryl Mitchell, who wasn’t even in the starting playing XI for the visitors came into the side since Henry Nicholls was not fit for the Lord’s Test, but made sure he became undroppable.

Daryl Mitchell amassed 538 runs in three Tests against England including three centuries, one in each of the three Tests Photo : AP
Daryl Mitchell amassed 538 runs in three Tests against England including three centuries, one in each of the three Tests Photo: AP

Daryl Mitchell Scored A Ton In Each Of The 3 Tests Becoming 2nd Overseas Player To Do So After Sir Don Bradman

Daryl Mitchell, who had played just 9 Tests before the recently concluded series, scored as much as 538 runs in 6 innings in three Test matches including a century in each of those. He didn’t have a great start to the series scoring just 13 runs in the first innings at Lord’s, however, since then he had a fifty-plus score in the remaining five innings.

Daryl Mitchell found an able partner in wicket-keeper Tom Blundell as it seemed like either the hosts England forgot that they needed to take five more Kiwi wickets or New Zealand had a contract that they won’t lose their 6th wicket before sharing a minimum 100-run stand. In all, Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell put on 724 runs together, with an average partnership of 120.66.

Tom Blundell (Photo: AFP)
Tom Blundell (Photo: AFP)

The 31-year-old scored 108 runs in the second innings at Lord’s. He followed it up with the scores of 190 and 62* in the second Test at Trent Bridge while ending the 3 Test match series with 109 and 56 at Headingley. With a hundred in each of the three Tests, Daryl Mitchell became only the second overseas player to achieve a huge feat and the first in 92 years.

Former late legendary Australian batter Sir Don Bradman had scored a century in each of the first three Tests in England in 1930 and Daryl Mitchell is only the second player. England’s Ken Berrington (against Pakistan in 1967) and Graham Gooch (against India in 1990) are the only England players to score a century in each game in a three-match Test series in England.

Daryl Mitchell And Joe Root Named Player Of The Series

Daryl Mitchell averaged 107.6 as he was named New Zealand’s player of the series for scoring more runs in three matches than he had in his career of 9 games before this series. Joe Root was named England’s player of the series for scoring 396 runs including two centuries.

Joe Root
Joe Root (Credits: Twitter)

Thanks to the win in the third and final Test, England not only swept the three-match series but also created history. They become the first-ever side in 146 years of Test cricket to chase over 250 three times in a series. The hosts chased down 277 at Lord’s, 299 at Trent Bridge, and 296 at Headingley.

England showed an aggressive approach throughout the series and the series run rate is proof of that. The home side scored at a stunning run rate of 4.54 during the series.

3rd Test: England 360 (Bairstow 162, Overton 97, Boult 4-104) and 296 for 3 (Root 86*, Pope 82, Bairstow 71*) beat New Zealand 329 (Mitchell 109, Blundell 55, Leach 5-100) and 326 (Blundell 88, Latham 76, Mitchell 65, Leach 5-66) by seven wickets