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England v New Zealand player ratings: Ben Stokes really is a mixed bag as Joe Root hits second inning special

The former captain became England’s second batter after only Alastair Cook to reach 10,000 Tests and finished on 115 not knocked out.

Will Macpherson was at Lord’s to assess England players.

Alex Lee – 5

25 & 20

Has reached 20 points in each of his last six innings, but has never exceeded 31. One of those starts has to count. Worried about his approach, with interesting tactics like this guard miles outside.

Zak Crawley – 5

43 & 9

Played very well in the early innings, before falling in familiar fashion. Awarded in the second. England need more consistent production from him.

Ollie Pope – 4

7 & 10

Two low scores in his first two appearances at No.3, both on misjudgments on the line of the ball. Fantastic outing from Grandhomme on day three.

Joe Root – 9

11 & 115*

A failure in the first set triggered the collapse, but a special second set won the match in England. 10,000 tracks and many more to offer. It must have been a rough few months, but never stop smiling and bringing honor to the game.

Jonny Bairstow-5

1 & 16

Seemed to have parked his habit of being bowled in Test cricket but came back with a vengeance here. Round two was really frustrating as he only had to survive one more bullet from Jamieson’s exceptional spell but was sucked into a big drive. Deserves huge credit for the brilliant catch that inspired a key part of England’s best passing of the game.

Ben Stokes – 6

1 & 54; 1-5 & 0-43

A really mixed bag. Played well, sweeping the final wicket in the first innings, then resorting to bumpers in the second. Loose blow in the collapse, then wild ride of a blow in the second. It was, however, 54 important races. Captained well, making sure he got his two rookie bowlers in the game quickly.

Ben Foakes – 7

7 and 32*; 5 outlets

On his home debut, he kept very clean on a ground that was notoriously difficult to do this job. Apathetic in the first run, but outstanding in Root’s company the second time around. Not a big score, but should be a big step forward.

Ben Foakes took a big step forward on his home debut

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Matt Potts – 8

4-13 & 3-55

A fabulous start. Picked up Kane Williamson with his fifth pitch, and again in the second inning. Not express, but precise and pressed pasta.

Stuart Broad – 7

1-45 & 3-76

Was a little slower to get into the game than Anderson, but found one of those spells on day three to turn the game around. A very solid comeback.

James Anderson – 8

4-66 & 2-57

Gave England a sensational start and had Will Young’s number. New Zealand’s lower order gave him a bit of a pat on the first day but probed superbly with the new ball.

Matt Parkinson – 6

1-47

The strangest of beginnings, as the first English submarine in place of Jack Leach. A few practice hits with the bat, then a good start with the ball. Stokes had him on the wrong end early on, but it was smart to let him play tail, which earned him his first wicket.


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