New Zealand spoiled just over three good days work against England at Lords with a calamitous second innings collapse to 68 all-out on Sunday.
A target of 239 was never going to be easy in such conditions but not even Stuart Broad and James Anderson would have expected to rip through the Black Caps in just under two hours cricket.
This tame capitulation should not overshadow Tim Southee’s outstanding achievement in being only the second New Zealander to take 10 wickets at Lords with his 10-118.
Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson also batted well in the first innings and the collective fielding effort was outstanding. By the end of the match they were somewhat depleted with BJ Watling and Bruce Martin among the walking wounded.
Peter Fulton - 3
“Two-metre Peter” fell cheaply twice and will be disappointed with the manner of the pushes outside off that led to his dismissals. Also a liability in a very well-drilled fielding unit.
Hamish Rutherford - 3
Also two single-figure scores for the Fulton's exciting opening partner. Had his stumps uprooted by an outstanding Broad delivery in the second innings but will not be happy with his prod at a classic James Anderson away swinger first time round. Needs to learn to curb his attacking instincts when the situation requires.
Kane Williamson - 7
A handy off-spinner bowling into the rough created by his team’s left-arm quicks and the batting line-up's backbone who will be furious with his second-innings removal by Broad. His first-innings vigil was a fine example of how to play in such conditions.
Ross Taylor - 7
Counter-punched brilliantly in the first innings for his first half-century since his removal as captain but fell for a duck on Sunday. Safe as ever at first slip.
Dean Brownlie - 4
Hasn’t really looked the answer to New Zealand’s middle order woes in any of his four tests against England this year. To be honest he just doesn’t look that difficult to get out. Mark bolstered by an outstanding catch in each innings to dismiss Trott and Cook.
Brendan McCullum - 5
Not his best match, with two soft dismissals and was too slow to throw the ball to Kane Williamson on Saturday evening. His team look comfortable under his leadership, however, and he remains an inventive and exciting captain. Very steady when taking the gloves from the injured Watling and the Black Caps may see this as an option for Headingley.
BJ Watling - 5
Has a very sound batting technique and was the only New Zealander to reach double figures in both innings (hardly an achievement). Kept well but picked up a knee injury that may rule him out of the Headingley test.
Tim Southee - 9
Was absolutely superb with the ball on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning and deservedly got his name on two of Lords’ honours boards, becoming only the second Kiwi to take ten at the home of cricket. Swung the Duke ball with all the skill of Anderson and Broad, and is a superb leader of the attack. So easy to forget that he is still only 24.
Bruce Martin - 4
England showed him too much respect in the first innings, possibly creeped by Compton’s dismissal, but he bowled well nonetheless. Bowls too many 4-balls and was punished for a poor performance in the second innings before injury curtailed his first appearance at Lords.
Neil Wagner - 7
Works incredibly hard and any captain would want him in their team for his work-rate alone. Made the batsmen’s life tricky from around the wicket. Was especially effective in the first innings.
Trent Boult - 7
An excellent left-armer who bowls with pace and a style that suits early season English conditions perfectly. Always a handful and deserved more than the three wickets he picked up.
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