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Auckland drawn Test match had all the ingredients of cricketainment
The recently drawn Test match between England and Australia at Auckland proved why Test matches are considered to be the mother of all forms of cricket. It included a dose of climax, entertainment, heroism, drama and everything that one would love to see in a cricket match.

Fans seated in the stadium were on the edge of their seats, those watching their TV sets were biting their nails – such was the climax. The hero of the day was Matt Prior, who saved the English team from the jaws of defeat with a fighting and unbeaten century.

The English team was staring at a series defeat when Prior took to the crease on the final day of the match. New Zealand required just six wickets to register a remarkable win. With four wickets down, it was understood that England would not even try to achieve their target of 481 runs.

In the pre lunch session, England only lost a single wicket. With two sessions remaining, the match was shaping to be a cliffhanger. At tea, the score read 237 for the loss of seven wickets. Three wickets were all that separated the two teams from a victory and defeat.

In fact, it was the last session of the series, which was the most interesting one. Prior was lucky to be still on the crease with Neil Wagner dropping the cherry from his hand, which could have shut the doors for England. There was more drama in store with Prior getting luckier with the bails sticking to the wicket even after Prior played on to the middle stump. When most thought that the match was heading towards a draw, Stuart Broad and James Anderson were dismissed by Kane Williamson who fell with the score reading 304 runs.

New Zealand was sniffing victory with Monty Panesar on the crease and 19 balls remaining. The complexion of the match changed with the focus shifting towards Monty Panesar - camera rolling on the pensive face of Monty. Prior played a very important role in the final moments, as he made sure that Panesar only faced five deliveries reducing the chances of a New Zealand’s victory. But Panesar faced those five balls under lot of pressure, as McCullum had set an attacking field to get his wicket. When the final ball of the day was bowled, it was the English team who were smiling, as they played under pressure for most of the day. At last, the English fans took a sigh of relief after all the tension, which was created due to the fear of a series loss. The series was also drawn, 0-0.

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