New Zealand opener Daryl Mitchell said that the Kane Williamson-led side is very much in the heavyweight Headingley Test fight despite England scripting a sensational comeback.
“It’s been the same theme throughout this whole series. As an onlooker on the sides, I reckon it would have been a hell of a game of cricket to be watching today, obviously the ebbs and flows,” Mitchell told reporters.
“We just linked it to almost a heavyweight boxing fight, the way both teams are throwing punches.”
After losing the first two Tests, the Black Caps looked firmly on course for a consolation victory when they had England reeling at 55/6 on Friday, only for Bairstow and debutant Overton to snatch back the momentum.
“It was a great partnership but at the same time we’ve still got a lead and we know there’s a lot of cricket still to be played over the next three days,” he added.