Birmingham: New Zealand beat England by eight wickets in the second Test on Sunday and won the two-match series 1-0 – their first series win in England in 22 years. The win pushed New Zealand back to the No. 1 spot in the Test rankings.
It was New Zealand’s first win in five attempts at Edgbaston, and their sixth of 56 Tests played in England.
Set 38 for victory on the fourth day, after England were all out for 122 in their second innings, the Kiwis chased down the target for the loss of just two wickets, with opener and stand-in captain Tom Latham hitting 32 balls. He scored an unbeaten 23 runs. .
Devon Conway, who replaced injured captain Kane Williamson for this Test, and the No. 3 Will Young batsman were dismissed.
Earlier, England were bowled out for their overnight score of 122 when they lost the last wicket of Ollie Stone off the first ball of the day, with paceman Trent Boult dismissing wicketkeeper Tom Blundell.
Though the Kiwis lost Conway early for three runs, Latham made sure they reached home without much drama.
It was the first Test series loss for England at home since their series loss to Sri Lanka in 2014.
It was also New Zealand’s first series in England in 22 years.
He last won a Test series in England in 1999 under the captaincy of Stephen Fleming.
England: 303 and 122 (Mark Wood 29, Ollie Pope 23, Neil Wagner 3/18, Matt Henry 3/36, Ajaz Patel 2/25, Trent Boult 2/34); New Zealand: 388 and 41/2 (Tom Latham 23 not out)
Man of the Match: Matt Henry
Man of the Series: Devon Conway