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TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: Jack Leach is the first England spinner to take five-fors at home since 1974

HIGHEST SPIN AT TEST: Jack Leach becomes the first English spinner to hit five big in a home test since 1974… while Daryl Mitchell scored the most runs by a New Zealander in a series in 50 years

  • England need 113 runs with eight wickets in hand to take another win
  • Set 296 to win, England rushed again to reach 183-2 on day four
  • Ollie Pope didn’t matter 81 and Joe Root an undefeated 55 as England came in

sports post‘s LAWRENCE BOOTH offers the big stats of some exciting action on the fourth day in Leeds.

Daryl Mitchell finished with 538 runs at 107 – the second-highest aggregate in a three-game Test series in England behind Graham Gooch’s 752 against India in 1990.

It is also the highest total by a New Zealander in a Test series in 50 years, going back to Glenn Turner’s 672 – from eight innings to Mitchell’s six – in the West Indies in 1971-72.

Daryl Mitchell celebrates hitting 50 runs on the fourth day of the third test

Daryl Mitchell celebrates hitting 50 runs on the fourth day of the third test

Mitchell and Tom Blundell became the fifth couple to share four-century partnerships in a test series.

While banging together, they dealt with 1,417 deliveries. Since the records became available, only West Indians Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Carl Hooper have had more to do with a partnership in the same series, back home in India in 2002.

THE HUNDRED PARTNERSHIPS IN A TEST SERIES

5 D Boon & M Waugh (Aus v Eng, 1993)

4 J Hobbs & H Sutcliffe (Scary v Aus, 1924-25)

4 V Hazare & R Modi (Ind v WI, 1948-49)

4 M Yousuf & Y Khan (Pak v Ind, 2005-06)

4 D MITCHELL & T BLUNDELL (NZ v Eng 2022)

Since Derek Underwood won 10 for 82 against Australia in 1972, only two spinners have won 10 in the match in a Headingley test: Graeme Swann took 10 for 132 against New Zealand in 2013, and now Jack Leach, 10 for 166.

Leach is also the first English spinner to win two big five in a home test since Underwood against Pakistan at Lord’s in 1974.

Jack Leach holds up the ball to celebrate taking his fifth wicket on the fourth day

Jack Leach holds up the ball to celebrate taking his fifth wicket on the fourth day

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