Root: NZ Outplayed England After Test Series Defeat

Root: NZ Outplayed England After Test Series Defeat Photo: TT
England captain Joe Root is seen during the presentation ceremony after their loss in the second cricket test match against New Zealand at Edgbaston

England captain Joe Root concedes that New Zealand outplayed his side after losing the Second Test at Edgbaston to hand the Black Caps a series victory on Sunday.

New Zealand won by eight wickets over England, comfortably chasing down the fourth innings’ target of 38, after the English were bowled out for 122 in their second innings.

Matt Henry was named Player of the Match, after taking three wickets in the first innings, before adding 3-36 in the second as England capitulated.

The hosts were reduced to 7-76 when Root fell for 11, with Rory Burns and Dan Lawrence both dismissed for ducks, while no top seven batsman scored more than 23 runs.

Tail-ender Mark Wood top scored with 29, lifting England into triple figures but the target was too small after New Zealand had an 85-run first innings lead, having been bowled out for 388 in reply to England’s 303.

“You can have bad sessions on occasion with the ball but you can’t have a session like that with the bat,” Root said.

“That’s cost us, but throughout the game New Zealand outplayed us. If we lose quick wickets, how are we going to get through that (in the future)?

“Mentally we have to make sure we’re resilient and we manage passages of play better. It’s the learnings from watching the opposition, using the experience in the dressing room, and trying to make sure when you’re in the same situation to don’t make the same mistakes.”

Meanwhile, Black Caps skipper Tom Latham reveled in victory minus Kane Williamson, labeling it a “complete team performance”.

“Great to have that performance, through the four days it was outstanding, with a few changes, everyone came out and did their roles, complete team performance,” he said. “Fantastic for the depth of NZ cricket.”

On the captaincy, Latham added: “Great, I love captaining this side, it’s a real honour. There’s a lot of leadership among the group to lean on.”

Ben somerford
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