When a team is bowled out for 58 in the first innings as England were in Auckland, you are always going to lose unless something miraculous happens.
Sadly I don’t think this England team is capable of producing anything miraculous at the moment.
England fought hard on the final day of the first Test. Most of the batsmen got in and they didn’t bat recklessly but this is only the 10th time New Zealand have beaten England in a Test match, and that puts the result into context.
It is exactly five years since England managed to save the game on the final day against New Zealand thanks to Matt Prior’s century but a repeat performance always felt unlikely.
The players have played lot of cricket and have been away a long time but they have got to lift themselves for one last effort in the second and final Test.
If they fail to win in Christchurch it will cap a very disappointing tour.
I think England should play spinner Jack Leach in the second Test instead of Moeen Ali. They have to change something.
They could also play fast bowler Mark Wood, instead of Craig Overton. Seamers Stuart Broad and James Anderson are as good as ever but there is no variety – there is no X-factor. In this Test England had nothing that was going to surprise New Zealand. It is a very one-dimensional bowling attack.
They need someone that Joe Root can throw the ball to who is different to the four seamers who are running in and bowling the same sort of stuff.
People will say it is the batting that has let England down in this match so why am I talking about changing the bowlers? To an extent I understand that, but England don’t have the batting personnel to bring in.
They have got to go with what they have got. I don’t see any point bringing in James Vince, for example.