During the first game of the 2-match series against Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, Harry Brook of England has been displaying his excellent form in Test cricket. Despite falling short of a century in the first innings of the opening Test against New Zealand, he treated the audience to his second Test half-century and put on an entertaining performance.
In the 27th over, Harry Brook came in to bat at the No. 5 position and went on to score an impressive 89 runs off 81 balls, which included 15 fours and a six. His impressive strike rate of 109.87 helped maintain the advantage created by the opening batter, Ben Duckett, who scored 84 runs in the afternoon. In keeping with the current trend of aggressive Test cricket played by English batters, Harry Brook continued to hit boundaries all over the ground.
After losing two wickets in quick succession, Harry Brook showed courage and hit a lofted off-drive off the bowling of Neil Wagner on the fourth ball he faced, earning his first boundary despite not executing the shot perfectly. He then went on to hit three consecutive fours off Wagner, including shots over the slips, through covers, and over mid-off, which helped him gain momentum. Following his lead, the young batsman continued to play impressive shots, maintaining the tempo of the game with their eye-catching strokes.
The half-centuries from Duckett and Brook were crucial in England’s decision to declare their innings at 325/9 after 58.2 overs. If Harry Brook manages to score a century in the second innings of this match, it will be his fourth consecutive Test century, which would make him one of only 13 batters in cricket history to achieve this feat.
During the 45th over of the game, Harry Brook was playing a knock of 70 off 55 balls when he hit a massive six with a lofted off-drive off Tim Southee’s bowling. He took a half-stride and then struck the ball powerfully through the line, sending Southee’s delivery high into the air and over the boundary rope with ease.