The fortress that was Edgbaston was breached by the Australians in 2019 has now been demolished by New Zealand. An 8 wicket thrashing of the hosts, if anything flattered a turgid display across 2 tests.
The player ratings do not make for pretty reading:
Rory Burns 7
Englands one bright spot from the series, the Surrey man continued his fine county championship form by hitting a somewhat fortuitous tonne and then a sublime 82. If it wasn't for the ridiculous shot that found him out for a second ball duck in the second innings at Edgbaston, Burns would have been on for even greater praise.
Dom Sibley 3
Rushed back from a broken finger, this display from Sibley was not very Sibleyesque. He had never been caught by the keeper when batting in England. This series he was caught by the keeper twice and the slip cordon once. He never nicks off and yet here Sibley's defence was breached thrice. His 60* protected the delicate middle order in the second innings at Lords and deserves some credit. But he desperately needs to re-find form in the county championship next month.
Zak Crawley 1
2, 2, 0, 17 reads his set of scores for the series. After a torrid winter, its safe to say that Zak Crawleys 267 really was a flash in the pan and he is not a test match calibre player. It shouldn't really be a surprise, his average for Kent this year is 37. This is the most he's ever averaged in the county championship. A dire series and probably seems him return to county cricket.
Joe Root 1
Joe Root is the most talented batsmen England posses and the best. He is however mortal and can not be forever expected to hit centuries as he did in the winter. That said; an average of 24.25 across the series simply isn't up to scratch. He has a major issue to the swinging ball outside his off stump and here he further showed this is still the case. In addition; he must take some of the responsibility to losing the home series since 2014 and the confused selection criteria and team selection.
Ollie Pope 2
Ollie Pope is seemingly forgotten by most pundits when it comes to a failing middle order. An average of 28 does not quite tell the full story. It is quite a lot worse than that. His highest score was 23 in the series. His technical issues have been discussed but he's frantic at the crease and he has perfected both nicking off and being pinned lbw. He will likely play against India, however unless something dramatically changes, he perhaps needs time out with some different coaches.
Dan Lawrence 4
Duck, 81*, Duck. He's vastly talented, but his performance this series is much what has been levelled at him in the past. All the talent in the world, yet lacks something to make him consistent. The 81 has probably moved him ahead of Pope for the number 6 slot however.
James Bracey 0
The score for Bracey is not a fair reflection on his cricketing ability. He is a symptom of some dreadful management by England. Before this series Bracey has never batted 7 for Gloucestershire and has never kept full time for a whole championship season. To say it went badly would be an understatement. Two ducks and an eight, to go with some very poor keeping means that Bracey has had one of the worst debut series ever and yet, I feel deeply sorry for him as he's been set up to fail. Silverwood and Root must take responsibility for this shambles. That said Bracey was next in line to bat in the top 3 for England; I'm not sure that can still be the case.
Ollie Robinson 8
If Ollie Robinson was a purely cricketing tail, he'd be on cloud nine. 7/101 with the ball and 42 from his sole batting performance is a stunning debut. However given the revelations about Robinsons past; it is unclear when he'll play for England next.
Mark Wood 6
About as good as you can expect from Wood. He's not built for English conditions and he was obviously fatigued at Edgbaston. A symptom of England's confused selections throughout the series. Had a brilliant spell at Lords to knock out the Kiwi middle order. Also added valuable runs, showing up many of his colleagues.
Ollie Stone 5
After a brilliant showing in India in his sole test, the stage was set to perform in his home test, 3 wickets is an ok return and would have been much better if the fielding was any better than dreadful. That said an average run rate conceded of 3.88 is very expensive and a concern going forward.
Stuart Broad 7
The pick of the English bowlers; he didn't get his rewards at Lords, before taking an excellent 4 for 48 which again, could have been better, if for better fielding.
James Anderson 2
Whilst an average of 68.66 with the ball is not reflective of how he bowled, he bowled a lot better than that. However he swung it a lot less than Broad and looked for large parts unthreatening. Whether he has been affected by not playing in the championship and is rusty is hard to judge, but this was a very quiet series for what should have been a celebration of becoming England's most capped player.
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