Joe Root insisted England would ‘come back stronger’ from their Test series defeat to New Zealand, while Kiwis captain Kane Williamson relished in his team’s impressive victory.
The Black Caps clinched an emphatic eight-wicket victory over England at Edgbaston to win their first Test series on these shores in 22 years.
For England, it was a first home series defeat since 2014 and potentially the start of a tricky period for Root’s side, who face India later in the summer before travelling to Australia for an Ashes series.
Root said: ‘It hasn’t been our best week, has it? I think we’ve massively underperformed. Credit to New Zealand they have outperformed us throughout the game.
‘It is a tough one to take because at the start of the week I thoroughly thought we could come here and win the series, but in all departments we could have been a little bit better if we’re being brutally honest.
‘We’ll pick ourselves back up and dust ourselves off. We’ve got a lot of cricket still to play this summer, a lot of exciting cricket. We’re a talented bunch of players so we’ll definitely come back stronger.’
New Zealand captain Williamson, who missed the second Test through injury, added: ‘Obviously it was a fantastic performance this game and also a strong performance in the first game, so it was nice to back that up.
‘I thought the guys were adapting really well to the changing conditions and we saw a much stronger performance in this one with bat and ball.
‘We’re aware that every time you come here the cricket’s tough and we saw yesterday how things can quickly change as well.
‘We had one of those crazy sessions where the game’s momentum changed in our favour – it was an amazing session or session and a half and we were focused on our cricket.’
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