ENG vs NZ: England’s fate changed as soon as Ben Stokes became captain, first win after 9 Tests

New Delhi. England beat New Zealand by 5 wickets in Lord’s Test. After this victory, the English team took a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series. The hosts got a target of 277 runs to win the test match. Which England completed on the fourth day of the Test match at the loss of 5 wickets. New Zealand scored 132 runs in their first innings and 285 runs in the second innings. While England scored 141 runs in their first innings. England captain Ben Stokes proved lucky in the first test. He became one of the few captains in the world who have won the first Test while captaining. It seems that the fate of England has changed after he became the captain. England got its first win in Test after almost a year.

Ben Stokes has been appointed as the Test captain of England in place of Joe Root. Root had resigned from the captaincy following humiliating defeats in the Ashes series against Australia and the Test series against the West Indies. Australia defeated England 4-0 in the Ashes series. While the Caribbean team defeated the English 1-0. After the defeat in both the series, questions were raised on Root’s captaincy.

First win after 9 Tests
England’s team had been yearning for victory in Tests for almost a year. England won its last Test against India at Headingley in 2021 last year. After that the English team played 1 against India, 5 against Australia and 3 against West Indies. But he did not get victory in these test matches. Overall, England got the first win after 9 Test matches.

Root hit 26th century
Joe Root played a key role in helping England win the Test match. He proved to be the troubleshooter in this match. At one point in the second innings, England’s 4 wickets for 69 runs had fallen. Then it was expected that New Zealand would make a comeback in Tests. But Ben Stokes and Joe Root played carefully and put England in a strong position. Stokes was dismissed after scoring 54 runs. But the route remained frozen. During this, he scored an unbeaten 115 runs, scoring the 26th century of his Test career.

Tags: Ben Stokes, England vs new zealand, Joe Root, Lords Test

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