Familiar batting failings leave England to reflect in an innings defeat. Here are the essential moments from the day five action at Bay Oval…
SCORECARD | HOW IT HAPPENED
Neil Wagner took 5-44 as England were bowled out for 197 to collapse to an innings and also defeat to New Zealand in the first Test in Mount Maunganui, writes Sam Drury.
Joe Root side started the afternoon with seven wickets but their immunity was broken by a flurry of wickets and they were bowled 45 minutes out into the night session.
New Zealand were on track for victory Together with England reeling after dropping the set pair of Joe Denly and Ben Stokes and optimism was high. So much so that Wagner chose to try a knuckle-ball. A lovely idea but the execution was off, rather than a dipping yorker, the left-armer delivered a full throw that was gradual, wide down. A benign shipping, especially for a side attempting to bat out for a draw.
But, rather than allowing the ball move, Ollie Pope thumped it to the offside at which Mitchell Santner flung himself to his right and took a catch and stretched to fulfill it. While Popes shot just about summed up Englands batting about the afternoon of day 28, santners catch epitomised the excellence of New Zealand throughout the match. The new individual approach was to be viewed.
Joe Root has been considered the premier batsman of England and with great reason. The Yorkshireman has 16 Test centuries for his name and at his best is one of the best batsmen of his generation, scoring freely and creating batting in cricket seem like the thing in the world. The problem for England is that it has been quite a while now since his slump lasted in Bay Oval with another tame dismissal on day five and weve seen him.
Obviously, even the best players go through runs of form, the stress is that this current malaise may be something more than that. Root totaled 52.80 in Test cricket before taking over the captaincy yet another disappointing reunite in Mount Maunganui means his ordinary in more than two years as skipper has now dipped below 40, 39.70 to be precise. Still respectable but the drop-off is stark and of if his batting is currently impacting, the question has been asked than ever and with regularity.
Manager of England mens cricket Ashley Giles insists Imperial will captain the side from the 2021/22 Ashes however he may bring as a leader will be his conducts. Since he did 11, Could he score as captain? This is really for Root to establish and there might be a tricky choice to make, when hes not able to soon.
England captain, Joe Root:I believe we missed a chance, if were being brutally honest with ourselves, even when you look at the two innings compared to
Two of their guys went on and made big donations, we had a few guys play extremely well but we might have done with getting a dent over 450 really, then using that scoreboard pressure nearly as a different fielder. Not kicking on is whats cost us the match
New Zealand captain, Kane Williamson:The gifts always been there [using Mitchell Santner] however I think to invest so much time at the crease and work through phases contrary to an outstanding bowling strike and come away with his very first Test hundred, along with BJ Watlings dual, was an extraordinary attempt to get us into a position to win.
Rob Key:[Joe Root] is only out of nick really, is not he? That is the issue. You can talk about intent and I dont think its the worst piece of bowling but he will knock that away or simply duck underneath it each day if Joe Root is in shape. You can see he has a small cluttered mind and he is not really in sync. Hes simply got to discover a way to have that rhythm back.
See day among the second Test between New Zealand and England from 9.30pm, Thursday on Sky Sports Cricket.
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