NEW ZEALAND v ENGLAND: HOW THE PLAYERS RATED IN THIS SERIES
ZAK CRAWLEY 3
Just 58 runs in four innings and fallible in the slips. That hundred in Rawalpindi feels a long time ago. Place is at risk for the Ashes.
BEN DUCKETT 7.5
Contribution in the first Test should seal his Ashes spot but can still be troubled by pace and bounce outside off-stump.
OLLIE POPE 5
Not a great series for the man most likely to become the next Test captain. Looked nervous and frenetic on the final day.
JOE ROOT 9
Said he wasn’t sure of his Bazball role but found his perfect pace with unbeaten 153 in Wellington. Loses half a mark for not seeing England home yesterday and running out Harry Brook.
HARRY BROOK 9.5
The best of his four centuries to date gives him a Test start to compare with the very best and his ‘golden arm’ snared Kane Williamson. Run out not his fault.
BEN STOKES 6
He got top marks last week for his captaincy alone but can’t get that again with his left knee preventing him bowling and two poor shots to twice give it away.
BEN FOAKES 8
Brilliant keeping to effect dismissals, and so nearly the batting hero. England will drop him to make way for Jonny Bairstow at their peril.
STUART BROAD 7.5
Another of his match-winning spells in Mount Maunganui and 10 wickets at 26 in the series marks another fine display.
OLLIE ROBINSON 6
Bowled better than six wickets at 34 suggests and looked to be carrying an injury in second Test.
JACK LEACH 6.5
Huge effort in second innings in Wellington to finish with a fivefor. Will never be a world-beater but Stokes values him highly.
JIMMY ANDERSON 8
Still imperious, still going strong and a certainty to lead England’s attack in the Ashes after 10 wickets at just 16 here. Heart-breaking that he couldn’t make winning second Test runs.
D Conway 7, T Latham 7.5, K Williamson 8, W Young 3, H Nicholls 5, D Mitchell 6.5, T Blundell 8.5, M Bracewell 6, T Southee 8, M Henry 8, N Wagner 7.5, B Tickner 5, S Kuggeleijn 6.