England Humbled at Mount Maunganui by Rampant New Zealand
New Zealand's Neil Wagner (R) celebrates with teammate and wicketkeeper BJ Watling (C) after dismissing England's Stuart Broad to win the test match during the fifth day of the first cricket test between England and New Zealand at Bay Oval in Mount Maunga

England were humbled at Mount Maunganui after a rampant New Zealand beat the tourists by an innings and 65 runs.

Neil Wagner starred on the last day as he claimed 5/44 from 19.2 overs, including two in two balls to wrap up the game. Jofra Archer was caught at deep backward square leg for 30 before Stuart Broad was dismissed LBW first ball as he missed a low full toss.

Archer and Sam Curran had combined in a frustrating partnership of 59 – the highest of the innings – and kept the Black Cats at bay as they batted together for 71 minutes. But it wouldn’t be enough to take the game all five days and secure a draw in the first Test.

All the worst features of England’s play were in full force once again as the Three Lions collapsed to 197 all out in reply to New Zealand’s imposing 615/9 declared.

A familiar collapse

Joe Root and his men had to bat more than a day to secure a draw but got off to an awful start yesterday as Mitch Santner claimed three quick wickets before the end of play.

It wasn’t to be, however, as Joe Denly fell for 35, Root for 11, Ben Stokes hung around for a gritty 28 from 84 balls. Jos Buttler departed for a 12 ball duck after he left what was essentially an off-stump yorker and was bowled by Wagner. Ollie Pope chased a horribly wide ball by the left-armer and Santner completed a stunning catch.

That left Curran and Archer to try and grind out something remarkable, and for over an hour it seemed like it might be possible. But then the fast bowler picked out the man on the fence and it was all over.

England have got a new coach and new players, but the same problems remain.

Russell hughes
Sports Pundit staff writer @rusty_hughes
I’m a cricket, rugby union and football writer based in Wellington but with one foot in South Africa and England

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