England vs New Zealand: Daryl Mitchell, first New Zealand player in 73 years to achieve this feat against England | Cricket News

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Daryl Mitchell has been in fine form in the ongoing series against England©TSWT

New Zealand all-rounder Daryl Mitchell is the first Kiwi player in 73 years to score 400 points in a Test series against England. The all-rounder accomplished the feat on day one of the series’ third and final Test against England at Headingley in Leeds on Friday.

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Mitchell is currently undefeated on 78. The all-rounder is having an incredible run in the series so far, having scored 423 runs so far over five innings averaging 150.33. Mitchell has so far scored two hundred and two half centuries in the series so far, with the best individual score of 190.

He topped former Kiwis batsman Bert Sutcliffe’s tally. He had scored 451 runs in seven innings during his team’s tour of England in 1949. Sutcliffe scored a century and four half centuries on that tour.

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Coming to the game, New Zealand were 225/5 in 90 overs at the end of day one, with Mitchell (78*) and batter-keeper Tom Blundell (45*).

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Choosing to bat first, New Zealand didn’t get off to a great start as they continued to lose wickets at regular intervals. Kane Williamson (31) and Devon Conway (26) made notable contributions for the Kiwis before the Kiwis sank to 123/5. Then Mitchell and Blundell stitched up an undefeated 102-point streak to put their team in a better position.

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England currently lead the Test series 2-0.

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