Daryl Mitchell has been New Zealand’s standout player in the Test series against England. After his century in the first Test match, he looks set for a second one at Trent Bridge as well.
Daryl Mitchell celebrates his century at Lord’s. (Courtesy: Reuters)
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New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell has been the standout performer of his team in the ongoing Test series against England. He scored a stunning century in the first Test match at Lord’s to put the Kane Williamson-led side in a strong position to win the game. However, New Zealand lost the game owing to a brilliant fourth innings century from Joe Root.
A late callup to the side after the injury of Henry Nicholls, Mitchell surprised everyone with a measured century in the second innings after a massive batting collapse a couple of days prior. While he was not able to save the game, Mitchell’s name went up on the Lord’s honours board for his 108 runs off 203 balls.
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Talking to British publication The Telegraph, Mitchell said that he could not control himself after reaching his milestone.
“I first wanted to keep it relaxed, like Kane [Williamson] and seem as if I was taking it in my stride,” he told the Telegraph.
“But I couldn’t control myself. I was absolutely fizzing. I just let go. That’s my personality. [Scoring a hundred] at Lord’s is something I’ve always dreamed about.”
“I’ll cherish that for the rest of my life,” Mitchell said about his hundred.. “I’ve got a pic with my family that we’ll frame. My place in the dressing room was just under the honours board with some of the greats of the game. I don’t think I deserve to be there with them. But it’s something I’ll savour forever.”
The batter elaborated on the joy of facing James Anderson and Stuart Broad at Lord’s and said that it was one of the most fulfilling days of his life.
“Facing Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad at Lord’s is what you dream of as a kid. Digging the team out of trouble [along with Tom Blundell in a second-innings, fifth-wicket stand of 195 that brought the Black Caps to a position of strength] was just a joy.
“I loved being out there. There were times I consciously stopped and looked around to remind myself to enjoy it. Those moments don’t come around every day.”
The Kiwi batter is closing in on another hundred in the second Test match at Trent Bridge having scored 81 runs at the end of day 1. New Zealand will be banking on the duo of Tom Blundell and Mitchell himself to take them to a safe score hoping that their pace attack will produce the goods this time around.