England vs New Zealand | The way we batted was unbelievable: Jack Leach after England look favourites to win 3rd Test

Jack Leach took a five-wicket haul before Ollie Pope and Joe Root put together a solid 132-run partnership to see off the fourth day. England need 113 runs to win the third Test against New Zealand.

Jack Leach celebrates after taking a five-fer against New Zealand. (Courtesy: AP)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • England need 113 runs to win the third Test against New Zealand
  • Jack Leach took a five-wicket haul against New Zealand at Headingley
  • Ollie Pope and Joe Root stitched 132-run partnership for the third wicket

Jack Leach heaped praise on teammates Ollie Pope and Joe Root, saying the duo’s batting was unbelievable against New Zealand on the fourth day of the third Test at Headingley, Leeds.

The duo stitched a solid 132-run partnership for the third wicket and saw off the day, with Pope inching closer to his hundred and Root standing tall after completing a half-century. England, with eight wickets in hand, need only 113 runs to win the match and complete the series whitewash over New Zealand.

“Great day for the boys. The way we batted was unbelievable,” Leach was quoted as saying.

The venue is the same where Ben Stokes and Jack Leach registered a historic one-wicket win against Australia during the 2019 series. Recalling the memories, Leach added: “Very special here at Headingley. I have good memories from 2019. I’ve enjoyed being back.”

Earlier on Day 4, Leach took a five-wicket haul to bundle out New Zealand for 326.

“I want to be contributing to wins, so yeah, really enjoying working with Stokesy. I say ‘what about mid-on back?’ and he says ‘nope’. It’s really attacking and I’m enjoying try to bowl that way. On this wicket, what I do naturally was good. Stokesy’s confidence in his decisions, and us as 11 blokes, I’ve never experienced anything like it. I’ve tried to work on being as tall as possible in the crease, and shortened my delivery stride. It’s something you tinker with a bit, and do what feels right,” Leach said.

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