New Zealand ended up losing the ODI series to England by a 3-2 margin. They were competitive all throughout the series and were good enough to bag a couple of victories. The outcome of the series could have gone either way. However
It is a known fact that the Black Caps relies quite a bit on skipper Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor. These two batsmen have been quite brilliant for the Kiwis over the years. Whenever these two batsmen have performed, New Zealand has performed well. Taylor who was absent from the final encounter had already struck a couple of centuries in the series. So it proved that New Zealand still had a lot to do when these two stalwarts are not part of the team. Whenever Taylor or Williamson haven’t scored big, New Zealand has gone on to lose the encounter.
Even today New Zealand found themselves tottering at 93/6. It was the lone innings of 55 by Henry Nicholls. However, some of the batsmen in the New Zealand team were pretty shocking. The wickets of Martin Guptill, Tom Latham and Colin de Grandhomme which eventually helped England win the encounter.
“There were definite decision-making errors on our part,” Williamson admitted. “Once again, it’s in the moment and it is such a fine line and it’s a decision and I think we lacked a little bit in that area with the bat. They never gave us an inch and we knew we needed to play good cricket and we didn’t.” He further added that New Zealand didn’t play their best cricket collectively.
“I still felt we didn’t play our best cricket collectively,” he said. “In saying that there were a lot of good parts we can build on and take forward. Certainly, the fielding, bowling, and batting parts to our game all in one is something when you do play one of the best teams, is what you’re wanting to achieve. It’s not easy.”
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