We’ll get to that later, but first, there were two missed opportunities that had to sting a little. Mitchell shelled a fairly standard edge off Tim Southee with Alex Lees on 12.
Mitchell’s calmness served him well during another day of near-perfect batting. A quick outfield and a good pitch have helped, but England has struggled to find ways to not only get him out, but also keep his scoring rate under control: his 311 runs in the series have come at a strike rate of just under 56.
The Boult subplot concluded the inning. The lower-order was keeping Mitchell company to get him to his double at the time. However, a far more significant milestone was at stake: Boult began his innings today with 607 Test runs at No. 11, needing 17 to pass Muthiah Muralidaran as the most prolific No. 11 in Test history.
Four impeccable boundaries brought Boult level before Mitchell chased and edged a wide one, to not only miss his double but to leave Boult level. It was a record Boult was very much aware of when he went out. And it turns out, so too was Mitchell