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Ben Foakes relishes ‘one hell of a final day’ for England in second Test vs New Zealand

Ben Foakes enjoys ‘a great final day’ as the England wicketkeeper insists hosts can chase anything under 300 in a thrilling end-to-second Test against New Zealand

  • England try to limit New Zealand, which has a 238-run lead
  • Ben Stokes’ men will be up for a chase to win the second test at Trent Bridge
  • Ben Foakes believes England have a good chance if lead is below 300
  • New Zealand debutant all-rounder Michael Bracewell relishes the chance to bowl

England wicketkeeper Ben Foakes insisted his side would be happy to chase anything under 300 as the second Test heads for a pulse-pounding finish in Nottingham on Tuesday.

New Zealand start the final morning at 224 to seven, ahead of 238, and need the win to make a decision at Headingley next week.

But England hit 279 to win the first Test and Foakes – who helped them cross the line at Lord’s – is confident of a repeat on Tuesday, when fans will be let into Trent Bridge for free.

Ben Foakes thinks England could launch heroic chase on final day of second Test

Ben Foakes thinks England could launch heroic chase on final day of second Test

“A lot has happened so quickly that all three results are in play,” he said. ‘It should be a great day.

“Realistically, given how fast it scores, you’d say under 300 would be quite achievable, if you hit really well.

“Some of the guys we have in the dressing room, like Stokesy, it could be anything.

Foakes hopes England can keep New Zealand's total below 300 on final day

Foakes hopes England can keep New Zealand’s total below 300 on final day

“This game is almost like the Indian version of cricket where it’s 500 against 500 and then it all happens at the end. It’s a fantastic race and the last day will be a great prospect.’

New Zealand debuting all-rounder Michael Bracewell, who took three wickets with his off-breaks in England’s first innings and hit 25 from 17 balls yesterday, said: ‘The wicket is deteriorating nicely for us – it seems to be taking a little more turn. get and bounce.

“I’m excited to go out and bowl. The England team may come up with a few different plans to play against me, so it’s a chance to test myself against some of the best players in the world.”

Michael Bracewell could cause trouble for England batsmen on a deteriorating pitch

Michael Bracewell could cause trouble for England batsmen on a deteriorating pitch

However, New Zealand will have to take 10 wickets without the services of fast bowler Kyle Jamieson, who will hit number 11 on Tuesday but is unlikely to bowl after a back injury.

Jamieson took 72 wickets in Test cricket at an impressive 19.45 average and took four wickets in England’s second innings at Lord’s.

Supporters get free entry to Trent Bridge and Nottinghamshire expect a healthy crowd. Tickets are available online or at the gate.

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