England vs New Zealand 2nd Test: New Zealand batsman Daryl Mitchell scored a century on the second day of the second test being played between England and New Zealand at Trentbridge. This is his second consecutive century in this series. Mitchell made his Test debut against England in 2019 itself. Then his father was the defense coach of the England rugby team that lost the final of the World Cup and now Mitchell scored his second century of his career against the English team.
The second match of the 3-Test series is being played between England and New Zealand at Trentbridge. New Zealand batsman Daryl Mitchell scored a century on the second day of this test. He completed his century by hitting a four off England fast bowler Matthew Potts. This is Mitchell's second consecutive century. Earlier, this Kiwi batsman had scored 108 runs in the second innings of Lord's Test. However, he could not avoid the defeat of New Zealand. This is the overall third century of Mitchell's Test career. Earlier, he has also scored a century against Pakistan. Mitchell returned unbeaten on 81 on the first day of the Trentbridge Test. There has been a partnership of more than 200 runs between him and Tom Blundell for the fifth wicket. Blundell also scored a half-century on the first day.
Mitchell has become the third Kiwi batsman to score centuries in two consecutive innings in England. Before him, Bevan Congdon scored 176 and 175 runs in two consecutive innings against England in 1973. Vic Pollard also did this feat in the same year. He had scored 108 consecutive and 102 not out and now Daryl Mitchell has included his name in this list by scoring centuries in Lord's and Trentbridge Tests.
Mitchell's father, who had been England's rugby coach
, made his Test debut in 2019 against England itself. He found a place in the team as a replacement for Colin de Grandhomme and took full advantage of this opportunity by scoring a half-century in his first Test innings. However, in the second innings, he did not get the batting number and the Test was drawn. There is an interesting coincidence related to his debut. His father has played rugby for New Zealand and has also been a coach. When Mitchell made his Test debut against England. His father was then the defense coach of the England rugby team, which lost the final of the World Cup. Now Mitchell has scored his second consecutive century against the same England.
is very important for New Zealand. He came out to bat in the 39th over after the dismissal of Henry Nicholls on the first day. Nicholls was out after scoring 30 runs. At that time New Zealand's score was 161 runs and Devon Conway was at the other end. However, Conway also could not stay at the crease for long and after 2 overs he was dismissed for 46 runs off James Anderson's ball. This was the fourth blow to New Zealand and at that time the team's score was 169 runs.
If New Zealand's one or two wickets had fallen at this juncture, the match could have turned around. But, Mitchell and Blundell then made the England bowlers crave for wickets. On the first day, there was a partnership of 149 runs for the fifth wicket, which has crossed 200 runs on the second day.