Rain brings early end to second test, New Zealand win series

Live score and updates of the second Test between NZ and ENG

Live score and updates of the second Test between NZ and ENG

Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor scored centuries before rain hammered home England's misery in a washed-out second Test in Hamilton to hand New Zealand another series win.

New Zealand had started the day on 96-2, trailing by five runs, with England needing quick wickets.

To make matters worse, he gave a life to Kane Williamson - one of the best players in the world.

Williamson had advanced to 62 when he was fooled by a slower delivery by Archer and went through with his shot early.

That result had looked inevitable regardless as, on a heartbreaking pitch that barely looked used even by the fifth day, New Zealand had moved to 241 for two in their second innings - a lead of 140 runs - and the chances of a collapse looking minimal. Two balls later and the players were off, seeking shelter in the pavilion as a good-natured series decided by New Zealand's innings-victory in Mount Maunganui ended with handshakes.

Two balls after Taylor had raised his bat and poked his tongue out in his signature celebration, the rain arrived to wash out England's faint hopes.

England batsman Joe Denly was fielding at mid-wicket when Williamson chipped possibly the most regulation chance we've ever seen, straight down Denly's throat.

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It was perhaps the worst drop in the history of cricket as Joe Denly made a mess of that catch.

Archer had already started celebrating, only to see Denly inexplicably drop the ball.

During the post-match press conference, Root was asked about the incident and he said, "It was a one-off goober".

The English batsman dropped an unbelievable catch to hand a reprieve to the opposition captain in Hamilton.

Root is also only the fourth England captain to score a 200-plus score in overseas Tests.

Root enjoyed a return to form with his man-of-the-match 226 at the end a poor year when the skipper averaged below 30.

The New Zealand veteran brought up 7000 test runs in the opening session at Seddon Park, becoming just the second Black Cap after Stephen Fleming to reach the mark.

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