England-New Zealand match drawn

Mar 19, 2013, 00:50 IST | Agencies

England's hopes of snatching a win in the second Test against New Zealand dissolved in the Wellington rain yesterday, with the match declared drawn after the last day's play was washed out.

The clash at the Basin Reserve ended with New Zealand at 162 for two in their second innings, still 49 runs in arrears after the tourists set an imposing first innings total of 465 and enforced the follow-on.

Not a ball was bowled yesterday in a finish England captain Alastair Cook admitted was frustrating after his team dominated but ran out of time pressing for victory.

With the series still evenly poised, Cook said there were some positives to take into the third and final Test in Auckland beginning on Friday, pointing to a much-improved display after the first Test in Dunedin. “We got ourselves in a really good position to win, so we can take a lot from that. It’s now a one-match Test series,” said Cook.

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