England needs 113 more runs for a series win against New Zealand.
After the hosts established a dominating lead with eight wickets remaining in the third test’s final innings on Sunday, England is only 113 runs away from sweeping New Zealand in the series.
Ollie Pope and Joe Root were at the crease at stumps as England concluded day four on 183-2 and were chasing 296 for victory. The duo had easily defeated a challenging goal.
The final day was set up by the two. Headingley is anticipating a crowded house as they attempt to recreate the spirit of the Trent Bridge test by giving out free tickets.
After a mix-up in the fifth over, England lost Alex Lees to a run-out while opening partner Zak Crawley (25) was caught in the covers off Michael Bracewell. Captain Kane Williamson was responsible for both dismissals.
But Pope (81) and Root (55), who put up an unbroken 132-run stand while fending off the quick bowlers and going after spinner Bracewell, who averaged almost six per over, stabilized the ship.
When Root was struck on the pads, New Zealand also quickly lost two reviews.
Every time there was a call for leg-before-wicket, the former England captain’s survival left Williamson with a lot to think about.
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