After New Zealand registered a fine series win over England, we take a look at how the 17 Kiwi players fared through the two Test matches.
Tom Latham: 6 out of 10
88 runs @ 29.33; HS – 36
The stand-in skipper was not able to convert his starts in the first Test, but his captaincy in the second Test was applaudable. He will, however, want to increase his Test average that reads 41.71 currently.
Will Young: 8 out of 10
90 runs @ 45; HS – 82
Playing the second Test, Young, who turned out for Durham in the County Championships, looked solid at number three after Kane Williamson had been ruled out of the game due to an injury.
Devon Conway: 10 out of 10
306 runs @ 76.50; HS – 200
Conway, who had been on fire in the shorter formats, ensured he carried forward his form in the Tests as well. A double century in his debut game meant that he ended the series as the highest run-scorer.
Kane Williamson: 3 out of 10
14 runs @ 7; HS – 13
The Kiwi skipper does not have the best record in England, and the same came to haunt him once again in the first Test. He was often late to the ball, and will be a tad worried about his returns in the country ahead of the big clash against India later this week.
Ross Taylor: 5 out of 10
127 runs @ 42.33; HS – 80
The senior pro scored a quick 33 off just 35 deliveries in the second innings of the first Test to show flashes of his brilliance. He carried on in the next game, to end with 80 off 139, and will need to carry forward his form in the World Test Championship final.
Henry Nicholls: 6 out of 10
105 runs @ 35; HS – 61
One of the most underrated players in the side, Nicholls batted with great patience through the series, especially in the first innings to build a crucial partnership with Conway.
BJ Watling: 1 out of 10
16 runs @ 16; HS – 15*
The wicketkeeper, who will retire after the World Test Championship final, did not have the best outing in the first Test as he was dismissed for 1 and 15, respectively. He did not play the second Test match due to a sore back.
Colin de Grandhomme: 5 out of 10
9 runs @ 9; HS – 9
0 wickets; ER – 1.63
The all-rounder conceded runs at an economy rate of just 1.63 in the first Test, and performed his holding role to perfection. He did not pick up a wicket and added just nine runs in the game, but the value of his bowling is pretty clear.
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Mitchell Santner: 1 out of 10
0 runs with the bat
0 wickets; ER – 2.95
The Kiwi spinner was not able to befuddle batters with his spin in the first Test of the series. He played a careless shot with the bat in the first innings of the first Test, and was replaced by Ajaz Patel for the second game.
Kyle Jamieson: 7 out of 10
3 wickets @ 37.66; ER – 2.75
The fast bowler ensured that England were on the backfoot with his three wickets in the first innings of the first Test. He also plucked out an excellent catch on the last day of the first Test.
Tim Southee: 9 out of 10
7 wickets @ 11.42; ER – 1.89
Tim Southee displayed why he is so highly rated yet again with a splendid spell in the first Test that had the English batters in all sorts of trouble. In the absence of Trent Boult, Southee stepped up and lived up to his reputation.
Neil Wagner: 7 out of 10
7 wickets @ 28; ER – 2.76
The workhorse in the New Zealand line-up, Wagner ended with seven wickets across the two Tests to show yet again why he should be feared in this New Zealand pace attack.
Tom Blundell: 4 out of 10
34 runs @ 34; HS – 34
The wicket-keeper, taking up the keeping gloves from Watling for the second Test, played a decent knock of 34 off 77 deliveries in the first innings to help extend the lead.
Ajaz Patel: 5 out of 10
4 wickets @ 14.72; ER – 2.56
The spinner emerges as a potential player in the XI for the final against India after scalping four wickets in the second Test. He dismissed Joe Root in the second innings with a lovely delivery that was kept wide of off-stump and got enough purchase from the wicket.
Matt Henry: 6 out of 10
6 wickets @ 16; ER – 3
Taking the new ball, Henry dismissed both the openers in the second innings at Edgbaston. His probing line and lengths left the batters in two minds. Henry’s spell highlights the rich reserve of fast bowlers in New Zealand.
Daryl Mitchell: 1 out of 10
0 wickets; ER – 2.09
Daryl Mitchell did not pick up a single wicket, though he was asked to send down only 11 overs in the second Test. He did not contribute much with the bat either.
Trent Boult: 8 out of 10
6 wickets @ 19.83; ER – 3.03
A lot of questions were being asked of Boult’s availability for the series, and if he should play the game against India. However, he proceeded to silence all doubters as he picked up eight wickets in the game. He had plans for almost every batsman in the Test match, with Burns’ dismissal in the first innings — an outside off delivery that forced the batsman to drive, only for him to end up with an outside edge — showing exactly why he is so threatening.
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