Leeds (UK), June 3: New Zealand thrashed hosts England by 199 runs in the second Test at Headingley to square the two-match series 1-1. This was the Kiwis' biggest win over England in terms of runs, bettering the 189-run win in Hamilton in 2008. They have remained unbeaten in their last seven series.
Chasing a record target of 455, England were bowled out for 255 an hour after tea on the final day. Jos Buttler scored 73 and captain Alastair Cook made 56 but the hosts could never overcome losing 4 wickets for 15 runs in the first hour.
Spinners Mark Craig and Kane Williamson took three wickets each while fast bowler Trent Boult took two wickets. New Zealand's win came after they were reduced to 2 for 2 after put into bat by the English captain.
Both teams ended on the same score of 350 in their first innings but it was Bradley-John Watling's 120 for the Kiwis in the second innings that made the difference between the two sides. Watling was adjudged the man of the match.
England won the first Test at the Lord's by 124 runs.
An elated Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand captain who led his country to its maiden World Cup final earlier this year, said his team has been playing some good cricket now and they can expect giving themselves the greatest chance in Test cricket, given they maintain the form.
For England, the form of some of its senior batsmen and the inconsistent performance will be a concern ahead of the high-profile Ashes starting on July 8.
After the win, New Zealand stay third in the International Cricket Council Test rankings while England are placed at five.
It was New Zealand's first Test victory over England in England in 16 years. Their previous victory over the hosts had come at the Oval in August 1999.