England and New Zealand could put on 'a hell of a day' in second Test, says Ben Foakes

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England wicketkeeper Ben Foakes said cricket fans could be in for "one hell of a day" as the second test against New Zealand reaches a conclusion. Both teams scored more than 500 runs in their first innings at Trent Bridge, but England gave themselves a chance of victory by reducing the Tourists to 224 for seven at stumps on day four. That is a deficit of 238 with three wickets remaining to add a few more, but we head into the final day with all three results possible - and Foakes says that will make for exciting viewing. "It should be one hell of a day," Foakes said. "I think it's gonna be a great one. "So much has happened so quickly that all three results are now in play. It's been a fantastic game. It's obviously taken a while to get here but it is a great prospect ahead. "With the score being 1-0 they've taken the positive approach and that's the way a lot of modern cricketers back their game. They've given themselves the chance to, but it's obviously given us a chance as well."

Much will depend how cheaply England can get the remaining three wickets on the first morning, but Foakes believes the wicket allows for an ambitious run-chase.

England's Ben Stokes celebrates the Will Young run out in the second Test
England's Ben Stokes celebrates the Will Young run out in the second Test

"Realistically, with how fast it's been scoring here, anything under 300 you'd say would be quite doable if you bat really well," Foakes said. "But with some of the guys we have in the dressing room, like Stokesy, it could be anything really. You just have no idea. "It is so positive up there (in the dressing room). Obviously there will be hard times, tough games. But the message is always to back yourself, to take the positive option, play that style of cricket." The New Zealand camp also promised an attacking conclusion to the match, as they look to level the series at 1-1. "We like to play positive as a side and we try to win games of Test cricket. The plan is to get out there and be super positive," Michael Bracewell said. "The draw sort of comes in if the win is not possible rather than the other way around. We want to win a series against England."

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