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NZ vs ENG | That Game Is What Test Cricket Is About: Ben Stokes After One-Run Loss in Wellington Test

image-lenz78jxStokes congratulating Southee and Williamson [Twitter]

The second Test in Wellington produced an absolute humdinger of an encounter where New Zealand notched a memorable one-run win over England and drew the series 1-1. 

An inspiring spell from Neil Wagner ensured the Black Caps became only the fourth time to win a Test after being asked to follow on and the first since the famous 2001 India-Australia Calcutta match. 

Speaking to broadcasters, England skipper Ben Stokes, who suffered his second Test defeat as captain, said that the match was incredible, and perfectly showcased the beauty of red-ball cricket.

That game is what Test cricket is about, it was just incredible. The emotions we were going through and obviously the Kiwi boys out there as well. Was incredible to be involved in such a Test match. Everyone’s got their money’s worth.”

Former skipper Root scored a determined 95, while Stokes contributed 33 runs in a topsy-turvy on Day 5.

Stokes, who snitched a 121-run stand in pursuit of 258, lauded Wagner and Tim Southee's bowling strategy to bounce out England batters.

"Credit to Waggie and Tim for coming up with that idea. (On his knee) Better than bad. Disappointing to end with a loss here. We had a great summer last year. We have a few months off before the Ashes. We will look to do what we can,"

New Zealand will next face visiting Sri Lanka, while England's next Test assignment will be a one-off match against Ireland, ahead of The Ashes 2023