So, the de-facto 5-test series winds down in disappointing fashion.
On the plus side, Southee and Boult look to have the potential to become New Zealand's best ever opening combination - at least in terms of the threat coming from both ends. Of course, because of this, there's a real danger that they'll both get bowled into career-threatening injuries.
Despite this, our batsmen continue to wilt whenever confronted by anything remotely challenging. Taylor's slump continues to be really worrying. He's our only test class top-order bat. We rely on him in order to be competitive. I know he got **** on at the end of last year, but he has just got to find a way to get back to his best. In this respect, the upcoming break from test matches couldn't have come at a better time.
As for the rest, one can only really repeat what's already been said. Brownlie has been a big let down after producing a number of promising starts. Williamson has tried his best, but he's not yet ready to face up to this level of bowling at number 3. McCullum has inevitably slipped back into being chaotically ****. Guptill...:vomits:. Blurg. There's really not a whole lot that can be done. There's no magic bullet for a top 6 that can't score runs.
The fielding's been good though.