Jubilant England stars pictured leaving Trent Bridge after celebrating in dressing room until 11pm
England’s heroes celebrated in style and late into the night after an incredible second test win over New Zealand at Trent Bridge.
The Three Lions took an astonishing victory after chasing a 299 fourth-innings goal by the Kiwis in just 50 overs to seal their first Test series win in 18 months.
The final session was a reckless affair with Jonny Bairstow crushing a century of 77 balls and skipper Ben Stokes hitting 75 balls of 70 balls to see England home.
Fast bowler Stuart Broad leaves Trent Bridge after 11pm celebrating England’s stunning second Test victory over New Zealand in Nottingham
Bowling partner James Anderson, who took five wickets in the match, follows him out
England’s talisman, Joe Root, leaves the ground and looks rightly pleased with his work
England’s English hero Jonny Bairstow celebrates reaching his century on Day 5
There were wild parties at the end, with a capacity crowd of 15,000 on Trent Bridge creating a carnival atmosphere.
“A very special Test match win in a very special ground,” fast bowler Stuart Broad, who took five wickets in the match and hails from Notts, tweeted on Instagram.
“I love everything about Trent Bridge,” Broad said of his home base. ‘I can’t quite believe how much cricket we seemed to fit in there in 5 days!
The game had it all but I will always remember for @jbairstow21 brutal innings after tea. What a nice experience to see that with a full house in it. I loved it.’
England’s Joe Root and Matthew Potts led the celebrations on the balcony, applauding man of the match Jonny Bairstow
It was a win worth celebrating and the English lads deserved it.
The after-party started in the locker room, where the English players were initially joined by cheering relatives, and where they were locked up drinking beer for hours after the game was over.
As the sun set behind the William Clarke Stand and the famous Trent Bridge Inn beyond, the team returned to the pitch of their triumph and sipped wine on the outfield, sipping on the sweet success of victory until after 11pm.
Stuart Broad was caught enjoying a glass of red wine with a cigar, in an image that appeared on the Instagram of former interim head coach, Paul Collingwood. Collingwood himself was pictured with a bottle of peroni and celebratory smoke.
Broad was later photographed on Paul Collingwood’s Instagram enjoying the win
The team was photographed leaving the famous old ground at 11:15 PM. None looked worse for wear, but they all seemed very satisfied with five days of hard work.
After their party on the ground, the players refueled at a takeaway in the city center and then continued the good natured revelry in the gardens of their exclusive £500 a night hotel until the early hours.
sports post Captain Ben Stokes, as well as new coach, Brendon McCullum, who has encouraged players to believe in their ability to win every game, understands the team.
His positivity was on display in Nottingham after New Zealand posted a first-innings total of 553. England nearly matched it, scoring 539, before knocking out New Zealand for 284 to set up an extraordinary final.
But while the players reveled in their success and marked a momentous win, the celebrations were subdued compared to previous England teams.
England players celebrated late into the night after a sensational win over New Zealand
Michael Vaughan’s 2005 Ashes winning side set the benchmark with an overnight bow after England defeated Australia in a series for the first time since 1987 when they secured a draw in the final Test at The Oval.
In the days that followed, all-rounder Andrew Flintoff and star batter Kevin Pietersen led the memorable celebrations.
Still, the class of 2022 had a good night.
During the locker room session, senior players followed the skipper and coach and expressed their views on the course of the match, focusing on the entire five-day game, not just the fireworks that broke the hearts of the Kiwis – and entranced the crowd – after winning the last session.
The team was seen leaving the Trent Bridge late into the night, before making the short journey across the River Trent to the city.
A packed house at Trent Bridge created a carnival atmosphere as England chased the slopes
Jonny Bairstow was the man of the match after the second test for his match-winning innings
There, they were spotted ordering fast food from a favorite late-night takeaway, the Mega Munch kebab shop. Even elite athletes need a treat every now and then.
‘What better way to celebrate a famous Test win than with a big dirty takeaway?’ Danny Senior, a sports journalism graduate, wrote on Twitter alongside a video of the players, led by the world’s in-form batsman, Joe Root, at the front of the line.
“Foakes still looks 10/10 after a rough night. Root and Lees back the counter. Anderson gets excited that his order is ready,” Senior added.
Pope orders way too much food. Crawley looking around for boys who are discarding and thinking ‘is this how the north is?’
After handling their ‘munchies’ it was a short walk back to the team hotel. England regularly stays at Hart’s, a boutique hotel built on the old ramparts of the city’s castle, while playing on Trent Bridge.
Hart’s is known locally for its excellent restaurant, where you can pick up a grilled rump steak for £24. A room in the four-star hotel costs between £200 and £500.
Although it appears that the team did not go straight to their bedrooms. They could be heard in the secluded hotel gardens until the wee hours, enjoying a beautiful and well-deserved victory.