NZ vs ENG 2018: Test Series Win Would be Very Special – Craig McMillan
The second Test between New Zealand and England is very well poised as the hosts need to bat out the last day to clinch the Test series 1-0.
The Kiwi’s won the first Test by an innings, and 49 runs and now with just one day left in the Test, New Zealand’s batting coach Craig McMillan can now smell a series win.
The BlackCaps last won a series against England in 1999 and McMillan was a part of the winning side.
The second Test being played at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch has been hardly fought Test match. England batted first and overcame the horrors of the first Test in which they were bowled out for just 58.
The English batsman scored 307 and then took 29 runs in the first innings.
However, the tourists have now set a target of 372 out of which the Kiwi’s have already scored 42 runs without losing any wicket.
Having last beaten England 19 years ago, the hosts are eager to find their way out and bat out the last day of the second Test.
When asked about what a Test series win against England would mean, McMillan, said,
“Oh, it would be huge. Series wins have been few and far between for New Zealand test sides, in terms of history it would be very special. But there’s a big day with a lot of cricket ahead tomorrow, so there’s a lot of work still to be done.”
McMillan believes the first session of the last day would be one of the most important sessions of the series. He said,
“I’m very confident in our position, we’ve got a tough day ahead, make no bones about that. England are a top side, they’ve got some quality bowlers. You saw how hard Latham and Raval had to work tonight to get through, so expect that first half hour tomorrow to be really testing. That will be key.”
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