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New Zealand v England 2022/23

‘No better game in the world’ – New Zealand sneak through in nail-biting, historic Test thriller

New Zealand managed to win the Wellington Test by one run after following on
by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

England and New Zealand played out one of the greatest Tests of all time at the Basin Reserve, with the Black Caps ultimately emerging victorious by a solitary run.

England seemed in a comfortable position at the start of day five, with 210 runs to get and with nine wickets in hand. The game, however, turned in the first session. New Zealand picked up four wickets in the first session to transfer the pressure onto England.

Ben Stokes and Joe Root then stitched together a crucial stand but Neil Wagner, as he often does, broke the game open. With seven runs needed, Tim Southee outwitted Ben Foakes to inject further momentum into the hosts’ sails before Wagner strangled Anderson down the leg side to give New Zealand a famous one-run victory. It was, in fact, only the fourth time a team had won despite the opposition enforcing the follow-on; the last occasion being the historic India-Australia Test at Kolkata in 2001.


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