England’s Test captain Joe Root continues to struggle for his form in the Test matches. The right-handed batsman scored only 13 runs in the whole match. Root, who has not had a good Test captaincy record in the recent times, spoke about his feelings.
"That is an easy thing to look at," Root said when asked about his batting return. "Sometimes players go through phases of their career where they're not as consistent or make the score that they would like.
"That seems to marry up that I've taken on the captaincy and it wouldn't even be a question if it was the start of a different phase of my career. I'm not too worried about it. It is obviously frustrating and, in this game, I found two dreadful ways to get out but I am not far away."
He added: "It seems to me that you think I am under pressure. It is a challenge out here, we found ourselves on a very flat wicket against a good side that will continue to play well and we have to find ways of making inroads on surfaces like this."
England slummed to a huge defeat against New Zealand at Mount Maungannui. The host won the Test match by an innings and 65 runs and took a lead of 1-0 in the 2-match Test series.