England's victorious cricketers celebrated their thrilling Test match – and series – victory over New Zealand by tucking into an order of huge kebabs after a night on the town. Brendan McCullum’s side made it back-to-back victories over the Kiwis with a dramatic five-wicket win at Trent Bridge.
England were set a target of 299 for victory on day five in front of a capacity crowd, after Trent Bridge chiefs made the final day free entry for spectators. The expected draw looked well on the cards, after skipper Joe Root was dismissed to leave the hosts 56-3.
Opener Alex Lees then followed 10 overs later after his wicket was taken by Tim Southee to leave England precariously at 93-4, still with a further 206 runs to win.
What came next though was truly scinitillating from two of McCullum’s experienced men, as Jonny Bairstow and (136 from 92 balls) and Ben Stokes (75* from 70) put on a remarkable 179 runs in a partnership for the ages. The hard-hitting finish gave England one of their great Test victories, rightly earning a big celebration.
As a result, the victorious squad headed out into Nottingham before ending their evening like many – in a late-night takeaway. Following the win, a video uploaded to social media shows the England team crammed into the takeout restaurant waiting for a post-night out bite to eat.
Ex-captain Joe Root can be seen at the front of the counter leading his team’s order, before a mega portion of kebab meat is passed to him in a tray. Reaching over his teammates, the bumper plate is then passed by Root over to Ollie Pope, who notched up an impressive 145 with the bat in the first innings.
The clip has since been viewed over 90,000 times on Twitter, with England cricket fans unsurprisingly heaping praise on McCullum’s men. One Twitter user – @SeanEvans04 – responded to the video by commending Root for his undoubted cricketing talent, and his kebab distribution, writing: “Joe Root – leader of test rankings, icon of fashion, hander-outer of kebabs. Generational talent.”
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Another fan – @MISTERPDW – added: “Fancy walking into a Kebab Shop and the England team being in there. I recognise these lads from somewhere! Good to see they are normal, after a few beers they head for a takeaway.”
With the series now wrapped up after two impressive wins at the Nottinghamshire ground and Lord's, England will now turn their attention to their white ball ventures, with three ODI matches against the Netherlands. The third and final Test with the Kiwis will cap off their opening red ball series of the summer, which begins at Headingley on June 23.
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