New Zealand all-rounder Daryl Mitchell said he was not worried about falling ten runs short of scoring his maiden double century in the longest format of the game during the second day’s play of the second Test against England.
After resuming the second day of the Test at Trent Bridge at 81, Mitchell made his way to 190, his second consecutive century on the current tour, as the visitors posted 553, the most on English soil. He has the highest score in the format.
“Honestly speaking, a double century doesn’t mean much individually, it was nice to contribute a score that could help us win a Test match. Anything over a hundred is great, so I was trying to do a good job for the team, and it’s always nice to bat with (Trent) Boultie in the end, he always provides a little bit of entertainment,” Mitchell said. Said the second day after the stumps.
Through his unbeaten 16, Boult equaled 623 runs scored by Sri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan for the most runs scored by the number eleven batsman in Test cricket. When asked about the same, Michelle commented, “I’ve spent the last two months with Trent IPL And I think he mentions it every day, that he wants that record. I think it’s an amazing achievement.”
“Even though he might go ahead, I think he’s a really good batsman and I love the energy he brings, it’s a lot of fun batting with him. But it is something that we have definitely discussed over the last two months over many coffees in the IPL. Maybe he will now go for the No. 10 record, who knows!
En route to 190, Mitchell benefitted from England’s generosity in the field, dropped to three on Friday and was given a respite at 104 on Saturday when Joe Root dropped a catch at slip. When England came out to bat, Mitchell dropped catches from Alex Lees and Ollie Pope as England finished the second day at 90/1 in 26 overs. He shared stands of 236 and 91 with fellow centurion Tom Blundell (106) and debutant Michael Bracewell (49).
“It is the nature of Test cricket, there are always very few moments that you have to keep trying to get and whether it is trying to capitalize on them to put pressure on them or bowling good spells to dry up the run rate. trying to.”
“But that’s the miracle of Test cricket, and that’s why we love the game, it’s a little game within a game. It was nice to get through and work on those few moments, and it’s good for us to get a big score on the board that allows us to be aggressive with the ball. ,
When England came to bat, Mitchell dropped catches from Alex Lees and Ollie Pope at slip as England ended the second day at 90/1 in 26 overs. “I think it is the nature of the game, whoever has played cricket has dropped a catch in his life. For me, I can’t control what happens right now, but it’s just focusing on the next and taking on the next. It’s just a game of cricket.”
“The first one I catch maybe nine times out of 10, and the second one is a reaction catch that either sticks or doesn’t. For me, I’ve trained to play Test cricket and play five days and it works, so It’s just the nature of the game we play,” Michelle concluded.