Matt Prior’s Resilience draws the series

  • New Zealand was looking for a win against England in the third Test
  • They came close to winning but Matt Prior’s resilience helped his side draw the match.
  • The Test series was drawn 0-0

After drawing two Test matches already, New Zealand was eyeing to finally win the third win to claim the series against one of the top-ranked Test-playing nations, England. But it looks like luck wasn’t in their favour because on the last day of the last match, on 26th March 2013, England wicket-keeper batter stood on the ground for many hours to ensure his team isn’t forced to lose on foreign land.

Batting first the hosts scored a gigantic 443 runs courtesy of Peter Fulton’s 136 and Kane Williamson’s 91. All players pitched in runs and in the 153rd over, the visitors were finally able to remove all the Kiwi players from the pitch. Steven Finn took six scalps for New Zealand. 

The English side in reply played a very poor first inning. Joe Root bundled 45 runs to take the score to 204 before the entire team was sent back to the sheds. The white ferns again took to the 22-yards and scored 241 before declaring the innings. 

Just before tea on day four, it was again England’s turn. While did not seem at first that the team would be able to draw it let alone win it, Matt Prior stood his ground batting for five straight hours, playing as many dot balls as he could to prevent the hosts from claiming victory. He managed 110 runs and with the help of Stuart Broad and Ian Bell, helped team England draw the series 0-0. In the end, the white ferns just lost by one wicket.  

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