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England’s series defeat means supposed new era gets off to flat start | Ali Martin

Loss to New Zealand means England have gone without a series win this year for the first time since 1999

For the second time in less than two years England’s Test team leave New Zealand with a 1-0 series defeat to show for their efforts; a hammering in the first outing and a slightly improved follow-up performance that still ended with a draw and handshakes.

That said, while only 41 overs were bowled on a soggy final day, one that typically brightened up once the umpires had called things off, this still felt a flatter finish from Joe Root’s beaten tourists than last year’s thwarted late surge in Christchurch.

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