10 Test Matches In 21st Century That Proves That “Tests Are Still The Best”

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#5 New Zealand v England, Auckland, 2013

Some people accuse test cricket to be boring blaming the drawn test matches but don’t realize that even ‘draw’ can be a hard fought result. The history of test cricket is full of such games and this test was no different. England only had 6 wickets left on the last day and they were 390 short from the target of 481. Further, they went down to 159-6 with 57 overs to go. A heavy test defeat seemed inevitable but England did not give up. Ian Bell (75 from 271) and Stuart Broad (6 from 77) stood up with Matt Prior to take the match in the final hour. Matt Prior played the innings of his life, scored 110*, batted with the tail and England drew the match with one wicket left to ensure a thrilling draw. There is a picture of Monty Panesar trying to crawl back to his crease in the final few minutes of the test to avoid a run out which truly describes the essence of test cricket.

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Matt Prior fighting alone with a tricky field

 

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