TOP SPIN AT THE TEST: Jack Leach is the first England spinner to take five wickets in a Test innings at Headingley since Graeme Swann… while Daryl Mitchell is the first New Zealander to score three Test centuries in a series against the hosts
- It was Jack Leach’s first five-wicket haul at home and his third overall in Tests
- Jamie Overton’s 89* is the highest score by an England debutant at No 8 or lower
- The last time England’s top three were all bowled in the same innings was in 1994
- Ben Stokes hit his 100th six in Tests – putting him second on the all-time list
A 209-run partnership from Jonny Bairstow and debutant Jamie Overton dragged England back from the brink on the second day of the third Test against New Zealand.
The hosts were 55 for six when the pair started together, but a thrilling batting display – including a second successive century for Bairstow – meant they ended the day 264 for six.
Sportsmail‘s LAWRENCE BOOTH provides the big stats from an enthralling second day’s action in Leeds.
Jonny Bairstow was England’s century-scoring hero again as they rallied against New Zealand
Daryl Mitchell became the first New Zealander to score three Test centuries in a series against England.
Mitchell also became the first New Zealander to score three Test centuries in a series away from home.
Furthermore, he is now just the sixth man to score a century in three consecutive Tests in a series away v England — and the first to do so since India’s Rahul Dravid in 2002.
Daryl Mitchell is the first New Zealander to score three Test tons in a series against England
The others to do it are Charles Macartney for Australia in 1926, Don Bradman for Australia in 1930 and 1938, David Boon for Australia in 1993 and Brian Lara for West Indies in 1995.
Jamie Overton’s 89 not out is the highest score by an England debutant batting at No 8 or lower — surpassing Liam Dawson’s 66* against India at Chennai in 2016-17.
If he gets a ton he will become the second person to score a century and take a wicket on Test debut for England — after W G Grace in 1880.
Jamie Overton’s 89* is the highest score by an England debutant batting at No 8 or lower
Alex Lees, Zak Crawley and Ollie Pope were all bowled on Friday.
The last time all of England’s top three were bowled in the same Test innings was in March 1994 — when Mike Atherton, Alec Stewart and Mark Ramprakash all had their stumps rearranged against West Indies in Georgetown.
Jack Leach is the first England spinner to take five wickets in a Test innings at Headingley since Graeme Swann, also against New Zealand, in 2013. Before that, you have to go back to John Emburey in 1985 against Australia.
It was Leach’s first five-wicket haul at home and his third overall — after taking one in Sri Lanka in 2018 and 2021.
It was Jack Leach’s first home five-wicket haul and his third overall after two against Sri Lanka
When Ben Stokes launched his third ball, from Tim Southee, down the ground, it was the 100th six he has hit in Tests — drawing him level with Australia’s Adam Gilchrist in second place on the all-time list.
Only Brendon McCullum, England’s current Test coach, is ahead — he hit 107 sixes for New Zealand in his Test career. McCullum’s total came from 176 innings, Stokes’s is from 151 and Gilchrist’s from 137.
McCullum also hit 776 fours, Stokes has hit 635 and Gilchrist 677.