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Joe Root says soul searching needed before second New Zealand Test

  • England captain reflects on defeat at Eden Park
  • Concern over Ben Stokes’ continuing back problems

Before the first Test against New Zealand, Joe Root hinted at changes in the way England were going to go about their business. None were evident at Eden Park. Jimmy Anderson continued to open the bowling with Stuart Broad; the batting was as sturdy as a marshmallow in the first innings and England recorded their tenth defeat in twelve overseas Tests, none of which were won. In their last eight matches abroad they have lost by an innings five times. It must be sinking in that he is not in charge of a multi-talented team.

This is reflected in the goal set by Root on the final day of the Test at Eden Park. “Before play I asked them to show how much it means to play for England and I thought we got that. The character that the guys showed was a step forward.” That may be true but if selected to play for your country, a task that brings honour and a reasonable remuneration there is an assumption that there will be universal commitment to the cause come what may.

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New Zealand v England: first Test, day five – live

4.13pm BST

Well, it’s been quite the week. England bowled out for 58, lots of rain, lots of excellence, and now we convene for the denouement. It’s hard to see how England get out of this – ok, it’s expletive impossible to see how England get out of this – because every reason for comes with a more compelling one against. There’s plenty of batting still to come … but for all the flair, it’s hard to pick a man never mind a pair to take it deep. The pitch is playing fairly well … but so are Trent Boult and Tim Southee. England have batsmen good enough to deliver under intense pressure … England are far more accustomed to collapsing under slight pressure. And so on.

Oh yeah, and we’ve seen a few things go on in Cape Town, all of which, added to all of this, reminds us that despite everything, Test cricket is the best and we should never forget that.

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Jonny Bairstow on song as England tune up for ODI finale with New Zealand

• Test keeper firmly established as one-day opener in 10 months
• Eoin Morgan bullish as team prepare for Christchurch on Saturday

One of the many things England’s limited-overs side excel at is finding silver linings. Even in the manner of their defeat in the fourth one-day international, when a collapse of eight for 46 allowed New Zealand to not only chase a lesser target of 336 but also to level the series at 2-2, there were positives. Hundreds for Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow were immediate glints and now, with a decider at Hagley Oval on Saturday, comes a final in disguise.

“It’s huge,” said Bairstow when asked of the benefits of a winner-takes-all match. “If it’s not meant to be, we will learn from it and take it into the next series. The World Cup’s not tomorrow, or in two days, it’s in 16 months. This is part of the journey, it’s about getting it right for then.”

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Ross Taylor heroics send New Zealand and England to ODI series decider

  • England 335-9; New Zealand 339-5 (49.3 overs)
  • Taylor hits unbeaten 181 in five-wicket victory

Rarely will you see a more valiant, match-winning knock than the one played by Ross Taylor. Of the boxes ticked – a century made in a winning chase, seeing his side over the line, on one leg – the crucial point is a five-wicket victory that squares the series 2-2, with one match to play. If they still make DVDs, they should get to commissioning this series. Not many have contained as much drama and intrigue.

Taylor’s unbeaten 181 from 147 – his second hundred of the series, a 19th in ODIs, and a new top score – was brutal, but equally damaging was England’s spectacular collapse. Having been set-up for a big finish by Jonny Bairstow’s third ODI century, they conspired to lose eight wickets in the space of 75 balls. Only Joe Root’s 102 and an unbeaten cameo of 22 from Tom Curran took England to 335-9 – the second-highest total posted on this ground – when 400 was calling.

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New Zealand v England: fourth ODI – live!

10.46pm GMT

9th over: England 70-0 (Roy 40, Bairstow 27) Colin de Grandhomme enters the fray. How will the big man get on? Not so well, as a short, wide effort is lashed for four by Bairstow. Another wide – that’s New Zealand’s third – and a crisp cover drive from Roy cap another bad over for the hosts.

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Interesting question – England are some 11,850 miles from Lord’s, which I would wager is hard to beat.

Not sure England have played at Invercargill, but Wales (v Canada 1987 WCup) have. Last place before the pole, and according to Keith Richards ‘arsehole of the world’. Expeditions usually went via Christchurch, which can certainly (see first Lions test in 2005) do polar weather.

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New Zealand celebrate Test that saw Geoff Boycott ‘at his very worst’ | The Spin

Forty years ago New Zealand won their first Test against England – a historic milestone also notable for the visiting captain’s turgid seven-hour knock

On Wednesday England’s Test players, or at least those not in the limited-overs squad, fly to Auckland for the two-match series against New Zealand, the second of which will be watched by a group of nostalgic Kiwis toasting the 40th anniversary of one of the most celebrated sporting victories in their nation’s history.

It was a match memorable for many reasons – dubious umpiring, a poor pitch, remarkable batting and New Zealand’s first Test win against England – but also curious because its most striking feature was its torturous, painful dullness, most of the blame for which was placed at the feet of the England captain, Geoffrey Boycott – feet that in this match did little running and a great deal of standing exactly where they were.

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Jonny Bairstow says Tests still his priority amid fears for long-form game

• Bairstow has no desire to follow Alex Hales and Adil Rashid’s path
• 28-year-old fit to play for England in third ODI against New Zealand

Jonny Bairstow has said that he prizes his Test career above all else. His comments come as James Anderson, England’s leading Test wicket-taker of all-time, expressed his fears for the future of the format.

Bairstow, England’s one-day international opener and Test wicketkeeper, excels in all versions – as 62 white-ball appearances for his country demonstrate. But 50 Test caps stand most proud for the 28-year-old, who sees the obvious threat from Twenty20 franchise competitions to the well-being of cricket’s longest format.

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Ben Stokes steers improved England to comfortable win over New Zealand

Ben Stokes put in a man-of-the-match performance in his second game back in England colours, leading them to a six-wicket victory over New Zealand to square the ODI series. Figures of two for 42 saw the all-rounder play a part in bowling out the hosts for 223, before a well-judged 63 not out helped win the game with 73 balls to spare.

This was Stokes’ first half-century (11th in all ODIs) since that ODI in Bristol. One made with an appreciation that no risks needed to be taken on a pitch that, for all New Zealand’s woes when put in by Eoin Morgan, allowed the ball to come onto the bat nicely. The sole moment of aggression from Stokes was one of his eight boundaries – a solitary six when charging at Trent Boult and sending him back over his head.

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New Zealand v England: second ODI – live!

11.52am GMT

A sleepy hello to those still up at the witching hour and to anyone else tuning in from where the sun has inched above the horizon. England and New Zealand are about to resume for the second ODI of the series and this time we’re at the Bay Oval at Tauranga, a harbour city looking over the Bay of Plenty: all white beaches, rolling surf, boutique shops selling this and that, a towering dormant volcano, and great coffee …sounds terrible. It was was also the venue for the final of the recent U19 World Cup, where Rahul Dravid’s young Indians beat Australia by eight wickets.

England go into the match 1-0 down, after New Zealand whipped the game from under their noses with four deliveries to spare at Hamilton.

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Mark Wood made ‘grown-up’ decision not to play for England in thrilling ODI

• Bowler ruled himself out of narrow defeat against New Zealand
• Player commits to Test cricket – ‘my ultimate goal growing up’

A “grown-up decision” is how Mark Wood described withdrawing from the first one-day international against New Zealand. England’s three-wicket defeat in Hamilton leaves them 1-0 down in the five-match series but the Durham quick is not pining for a sharp return, even if he did bowl at full pelt in training on Tuesday, having pulled himself out of the line of duty for what he perceives as his and England’s benefit.

For the first time in an international career starting in the summer of 2015 during which he featured in 10 out of 40 Tests and 27 of 85 limited-overs matches, Wood is putting number one first and is not expected to feature in the second ODI on Wednesday. Having missed more than he has played, the Durham bowler was tempted to throw himself into another fixture when not at full capacity. It is a measure of the man that at a crucial juncture of his career – two Tests against New Zealand and a maiden Indian Premier League campaign on the horizon – he did not.

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