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New Zealand vs England, 3rd Test, England tour of New Zealand 2013

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That brings us to the end of the New Zealand summer. It has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience once again. The international summer winds up with an ODI and a T20I between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at Pallekele. See you then!
Both Alastair Cook and Brendon McCullum pose with the shared trophy. The England players are heading towards the section of the stadium to applaud the Barmy Army.
Brendon McCullum: 'The hamstring is alright. Mixed emotions at the moment. I am incredibly proud of the boys. We have been put under immense pressure and we responded well. We never gave up and we gave a tough fight. We tried everything but we came up against some best players who were hell-bent on not losing this match. We gave it everything but we came short. The performances indicate that we are heading in the right direction. We have a big series coming up in a couple of months time in England. Fulton was outstanding and it was just rewards for his hard work. The New Zealand fans turned up and supported us well.'
Alastair Cook: 'It is a big relief. We had to fight really hard. New Zealand outplayed us. Prior and Bell were outstanding. The 'Never-say-die' attitude, which is so important in Tests, was out in show today. We never underestimated New Zealand. They were on top in the first Test and we were on top in the second Test. We kept losing wickets at crucial times and we seemed to be behind the game. The partnership between Broad and Prior was outstanding. Panesar is a calm guy and I would love to have him at the No.11 position. To have the support of the Barmy Army is fantastic.'
New Zealand will be gutted with this. It is not often that they win Test matches against the big teams and today, it was a golden chance. If one has to pin-point some defining moments in this match, then New Zealand will be ruing the two dropped chances of Bell and Bairstow before lunch. That would have really put England under pressure. Prior was then dropped by Wagner after the lunch break and wicket-taking opportunities became hard on a wicket which was benign.
Prior: Don't feel happy to draw a match, but feels good to go over the line. The wicket is still very good, we knew that we just had to back ourselves to bat 90 overs. Broad has been working very hard in the nets on his batting, this kind of innings showed the results of that. I was backing Monty all the time, just needed to give him a wake up call.
Southee: We are gutted, because the guys battled hard for 5 days and could not win. We created chances all day, would have been nice to have some luck. Prior's knock was brilliant. Guys have stepped up at different points of time.
Williamson: The boys tried really hard, but it was a real shame that we couldn't win. There was nothing more that we could have done. It went right down to the last ball. Without a doubt we are proud of the way we played.
Hugs all around. Prior is the centre of attraction. He is being congratulated by all his team-mates. Andy Flower is all smiles. He knows the importance of Prior's knock. What a Test match this has been. Credit must be given to New Zealand. They have dominated a strong England side. Who would have thought that the number 2 ranked side would have to battle so hard on the last day to save the series.
142.6 Trent Boult to Matt Prior 0
no run, full outside off, defended back to the bowler. Prior has done it. He raises his arms after defending that one. What an innings. Will go down as one of the great Test knocks.
142.5 Trent Boult to Matt Prior 0
no run, back of a length delivery outside off, Prior gets behind the line of the ball and blocks easily.
142.4 Trent Boult to Matt Prior 0
no run, full and on the pads, flicked to the fine leg region, the ball stops inside the fence. Prior doesn't run.
Three balls to go. Can Boult dismiss Prior? Boult is coming around the wicket. Three slips and a gully.
142.3 Trent Boult to Monty Panesar 1
1 run, low full toss outside off, Panesar punches it down the ground to the vacant mid off region, job accomplished, single taken.
Prior is talking to Panesar after every ball.

Match details

Toss : England won the toss and elected to field

Umpires : Paul Reiffel (Aus) and Rod Tucker (Aus)

TV umpire : Steve Davis (Aus)

Match referee : Roshan Mahanama (SL)

Teams

New Zealand : Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Dean Brownlie, Brendon McCullum(c), BJ Watling(wk), Tim Southee, Bruce Martin, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult.

England : Alastair Cook(c), Nick Compton, Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Jonathan Bairstow, Matt Prior(wk), Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, James Anderson, Monty Panesar.

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