Burns appears to be finding form again. James Bracey's nascent Test career may be over already
England slumped to their first Test series defeat on home soil since 2014 as they surrendered to New Zealand in meek fashion at Edgbaston.
The result was already a certainty when the teams arrived at the ground for day four, with Saturday’s batting collapse settling matters in the tourists’ favour. Tom Latham, captaining a weakened side in the absence of world number one batsman Kane Williamson won the match with a steer to the third man boundary.
In total there was just under an hour of play on the fourth morning with a total of 11 overs meaning full refunds for those in attendance. Nick Hoult, chief cricket correspondent, rates England’s players over the two-Test series.
Rory Burns — 7
The technical flaws are obvious and he has to strive to be at the top of his game at all times to survive at Test level but is the best England have at the moment
Dom Sibley — 4
A major worry. England have invested two years in him and after 20 Tests his average is heading downwards. He struggles with spin and pace. That does not leave a lot to work with other than guts and trying to dig in.
Zak Crawley — 2
Poor. Four runs in first three innings and averaged 5.2 in the series. Talented but immature. The 267 gave a taster of what’s possible but has since tried to play a shot a ball.
Joe Root — 4
He was unusually timid at Edgbaston, a sign perhaps of the horrible week England endured. Badly missed Stokes and Buttler, his two key advisers, and appears to have tinkered with his technique which has blunted his busyness at the crease.
Ollie Pope — 3
The best young player in England who has the game for Test level but mentally struggling to cope with the demands. He needs to go back to six, and learn once again to build an innings.
Dan Lawrence — 5
He will make runs but not consistently because he starts so poorly against pace. He is inconsistent batting in the middle order for Essex so to expect him to churn it out time and again for England is too much. Could be dangerous taking the game away from opponents if he batted in a more solid line up.
James Bracey — 1
Poor Bracey. There was a lot of sympathy when he got off the mark on Saturday after two ducks and plenty of fumbles with the gloves. But he froze on the biggest stage and that is a worry because England had him in the set up for over a year. What went wrong?
Mark Wood — 6
Ran in and bowled his best spell at Lord’s when his pace dropped off. Less of a threat in Birmingham and back to back Tests appear beyond him now.
Olly Stone — 6
Came back well on Saturday after looking nervous on his first day in front of his home crowd. Stone had two catches dropped off his bowling and operated with good pace. Should have been given new ball yesterday to get something out of a lost cause.
Stuart Broad — 6
Broad bowled well in Birmingham throughout but New Zealand were more potent with the new ball and that reflects poorly on the two legends. Will they play together again? Feels unlikely.
James Anderson — 4
Two wickets in the series and struggled to move the ball on flat pitches. If this series has shown anything, then it is Anderson and Broad can’t have the new ball in Australia. England have to give others a chance against India to show what they can do.
Ollie Robinson — 7
England’s best bowler at Lord’s and once he comes down off the naughty step he will go straight back in the side. His past actions brought a lot of pressure on the team and they could not handle it. He has to repay them with wickets.