New Zealand sealed a 1-0 series win over England as centuries from Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor helped the hosts draw the second Test.
Black Caps skipper Williamson and batsman Taylor each scored unbeaten tons to information New Zealand to a series-winning attract Hamilton.
The consequence means England, who misplaced the primary Test by an innings and 65 runs, haven’t gained in New Zealand since 2008.
But which gamers impressed most through the transient series and who deserves a spot in Metro.co.uk’s combined XI?
Rory Burns – England (184 runs @ 61.33, HS 104)
The Surrey opener constructed upon his spectacular performances within the Ashes with one other productive series right here, scoring a century within the second Test to comply with his gritty half-century on day one in Mount Maunganui.
His approach could also be awkward and ungainly, however it’s proving greater than efficient and Burns is predicted to open for England for a few years to return.
Tom Latham – New Zealand (131 runs @ 43.66, HS 105)
Missed out within the first Test however produced an aesthetic innings this week to carry the New Zealand first-innings collectively and thwart England’s hopes of mounting a fightback.
It was Latham’s fifth ton in ten Test innings and additional proof that the left-hander is shortly rising as one of the assured openers in world cricket.
Kane Williamson – New Zealand (159 runs @ 79.50, HS 104)
Would have backed himself to go large in Tauranga after passing fifty however was undone by an excellent supply from Sam Curran. Was not too be denied in Hamilton, nonetheless, and his 213-run partnership with Taylor prevented England from even dreaming of a comeback win.
Led from the entrance with bat and within the area. Already a New Zealand nice.
Joe Root – England (239 runs @ 79.66, HS 226)
Questions have been requested of Root’s approach and mindset after two failures within the first Test however he responded brilliantly this week, scoring an exquisite 226 – his second-highest Test rating.
Still must persuade a few of his captaincy credentials however his fingers have been tied in New Zealand because of the docile nature of each pitches.
Ben Stokes – England (145 runs @ 48.33, HS 91 | 2 wickets @ 84.00, BBI 2-74)
Looked in phenomenal contact within the first Test and primarily threw away a century when he superior down the pitch to be dismissed on 91.
Also bowled nicely in Mount Maunganui however an damage concern ensured he turned much less of a presence with the ball within the second Test.
BJ Watling – New Zealand (260 runs @ 130.00, HS 205 | eight dismissals)
Is there a greater Test wicket-keeper batsman wherever on the planet? The 34-year-old helped New Zealand grind England into the filth with a surprising double century in Tauranga.
It was the defining innings of the series and set the tone for what adopted. Made 55 in his solely different innings and stored nicely all through. One of the celebrities of the series.
Colin de Grandhomme – New Zealand (65 runs @ 65.00, HS 65 | Three wickets @ 18.66, BBI 2-41)
Was dominated out of the second Test by way of damage however confirmed his class with bat and ball within the opener, claiming spectacular match figures of 3-56 from 33 overs and hitting 65.
Rarely will get clock at greater than 80mph on the pace gun however proved a continuing menace to England’s batsmen and dismissed each openers and skipper Root.
Mitchell Santner – New Zealand (149 runs @ 74.50, HS 126 | Four wickets @ 41.25, BBI 3-53)
Scored an unlikely century as New Zealand piled on the runs in Mount Maunganui, earlier than dismissing three of England’s high 4 batters within the emphatic victory.
Had a quieter sport this week however didn’t let his team-mates down with bat or ball.
Sam Curran – England (6 wickets @ 39.66, BBI 3-119)
Deserves credit score for being the one England bowler to take no less than one wicket in every New Zealand innings. Dismissed Williamson with a jaffa in Tauranga.
Just about edges out Chris Woakes, who returned to the aspect within the second Test and took 4 wickets in Hamilton, together with figures of 3-83 within the first innings.
Tim Southee – New Zealand (7 wickets @ 34.00, BBI 4-88)
It was Southee who tore by way of England’s center order on day two of the opening Test, stopping the vacationers from reaching a first-innings rating that might have made defeat nigh on not possible.
Only one bowler – Neil Wagner – completed the series with extra wickets than Southee, who was in a position to transfer again above his injured team-mate Trent Boult in New Zealand’s checklist of all-time wicket-takers.
Neil Wagner – New Zealand (13 wickets @ 19.84, BBI 5-44)
A participant who’s shortly climbing up that checklist is left-arm tempo bowler Wagner. Given the circumstances, Wagner’s return for the series – 13 wickets at a median of lower than 20 – was merely excellent.
With his tempo, bounce and refined variations, the 33-year-old proved a continuing thorn in England’s aspect and might be hoping for extra success later within the winter when New Zealand tour Australia.