We’re not honestly sure how much we’ve learnt during these two Tests that we didn’t already know. This appears to be reflected in the fact that people are still talking about the lack of follow-on and the late declaration. The topic appears to be filling something of a void.
You win a Test by 247 runs in three days and one session and everyone berates you because they think it could have been won by a smaller margin in less time. Nothing guarantees disappointment quite like high expectations. This is one reason why we like to keep the bar nice and low.
Also nice and low were New Zealand’s scores. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor managed a reasonable partnership in the first innings of the first Test, but no two batsmen managed to become closely acquainted after that. The Kiwis looked tough and solid in home conditions, but in England they’ve seemed vulnerable to each of England’s four bowlers. Are they poor travellers or is it an inability to adapt when bowling plans have been honed?
Their bowling’s mostly been good, although we don’t have much to say about it. Actually, we don’t have much to say about anything today. We just feel like we should somehow acknowledge the end of the Test series. Maybe we need some sort of device, like marks out of ten or something less hackneyed. Maybe awards. We could come up with some irreverent awards. That might be a goer.