ENG v NZ 2021: "Really fancy them to beat India," Michael Vaughan backs New Zealand ahead of WTC final

New Zealand comfortably defeated England by 1-0 in the 2-match Test series.

New Zealand defeated England in the second Test | GETTY

New Zealand have defeated hosts England in the second Test to seal the two-match series by 1-0. They needed to chase only 38 runs on the fourth day of the second Test to secure an easy victory after bowling out England for just 122 runs in the second innings.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan praised New Zealand for being a 'high class' team and he felt the visitors read the situation very well. He is excited to see them facing Team India in the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final starting from June 18.

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"NZ are a high class team .. Read the situation with the Bat in hand,skilful with the ball & catch brilliantly .. Really fancy them to beat India next week .. #ENGvNZ," he wrote on Twitter.

England didn't have an answer to New Zealand's bowling attack in the second innings. They scored 303 in the first innings, but there was a lack of significant contribution in the second innings from any batsman which costed them the match and the series. Mark Wood was the top scorer for England in the second innings with a 38-ball 29 runs knock. 

For New Zealand, Matt Henry and Neil Wagner picked up three wickets each, while Ajaz Patel and Trent Boult bagged two wickets each. The Kiwis were playing the second Test without their full-time captain Kane Williamson and wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling. 

Tom Latham was leading the Blackcaps in the absence of Williamson, while Tom Blundell replaced Watling for the match.

Here are some more reactions after New Zealand won the Test series:

 

 
 

By Sihyeu Singh - 13 Jun, 2021

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