New Zealand in England 2013 May 20, 2013

Hesson 'stunned' by NZ collapse


Lord's was not the first time in recent memory that New Zealand's batting line-up has crumbled but it was the toughest to take because they had pushed England to their limits for more than three days. The morning after it was still raw, as the coach Mike Hesson reflected on the fourth-innings collapse which had left him in shock.

He and Brendon McCullum have four days to pick up the pieces and repair fragile confidence but Hesson does not believe the rapid demise, which evoked memories of the South Africa tour at the beginning of the year, will undo the improvement New Zealand have shown over the last couple of months.

"Absolute disappointment, stunned is another word," Hesson said when asked to sum up his feelings. "Having played so well for three of the days and had parity, to perform the way did was very much out of character so it's frustrating.

"South Africa was different, it was the first innings of a series and dictated the way that game went, during this game we had three days of parity, if not being ahead. We are a developing side, we haven't nailed everything, and occasionally we will have a performance which lets us down."

He also suggested that the enormity of what had been possible for New Zealand, just their second Test victory at Lord's, overwhelmed the batting line-up although he was also quick to praise England's performances.

"There could be a number of factors - the location, the occasion, the chance to win a Test at Lord's," he said. "Throughout the second innings and the fourth innings we got a bid timid with the bat and I think the occasion, and probably the quality of the England bowlers, got to us."

However, Hesson remained determined to ensure that a "shocking" hour would not have to define the rest of the tour after the side had gone toe-to-toe with England, most notably through Tim Southee's 10-wicket match haul.

"We've got a lot of good memories to draw on. We played very poorly for that hour before lunch, which determined the outcome of the game, and it's frustrating that a short period of time could dictate the game.

"We are all thoroughly disappointed by that hour, but there were some amazing performances. We caught very well throughout the Test and the bowling was outstanding. Put Tim to one side, who grew another leg in that spell on the third evening, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner and Bruce Martin in the first innings set the tone.

"It's an experience we need to grow from. But like I said we've strung together lots of good days of cricket, we can't just dwell on the fact we had a shocking hour."

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Geoffrey on May 22, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    @Jayzuz - they will sure learn a lot come 10th July. Hope the Australian public is bracing themselves for a really horrible little period in Australian test cricket history. Can't wait!

  • Scott on May 21, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    Somya 7. There are lots who should be in contention but people need to look at who's performing in the domestic first-class competition. Example. In the season gone Tom Latham scored 650ish runs at 37. If he can;t score in first-class level how is he going to score them at test level. Aaron Redmond scored 940 runs at 55!!!! Michael Papps, Neil Broom, Jesse Ryder (bugger), Carl and Craig Cachopa all scored fantastic amounts of runs. Of the guys I've named who are over 30 I say that test batsmen are at their most productive once they past 30 and we only need to look at the recent great aussie sides to see that. Batsmen are still learning their craft until 26-28.First-class cricket is significant and there is nothing better for a batsmen than waking up thinking "great, another chance to score loads of runs." That's where they learn their game.

  • David on May 21, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    @Hammond, you obviously missed the recent Lions tour of Australia: 7-0 to the Australians. So much for learning from England's superior regional cricketers.

  • Geoffrey on May 21, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    @Insult_2_Injury- actually mate I can't see the Aussie team pressing England like this game plucky New Zealand has in the last 4 test matches. You must forget that England beat Australia by AN INNINGS 3 times when they played Australia last AT HOME. At least New Zealand managed draws. England are more worried about New Zealand than this current below bog average Aussie side. Maybe the worst Aussie team in a generation should play second division county cricket for a while, they might learn something from their cricketing peers about application and concentration.

  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    @ jmcilhinney on (May 21, 2013, 4:36 GMT) - thank you! I was genuinely confused - sometimes it's hard to spot banter or sarcasm in a one-off message. Maybe I'll just read & shake my head in future :-)

  • P on May 21, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    For NZ its a bit of inexperience and not knowing how to win a game. NZ have been in these positions in the past, they usually play better in the second test.

  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    @Bob Young - before rugby went professional, it was a regular occurrence to have dual internationals in both cricket and rugby. Now, the focus turns the multi talented child to rugby where the playing demands, contracts and money are all greater than cricket. I think Jeff Wilson was the last dual international of note.

  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    there are some good points noted in the conversation. 1) andre adams is really a skillful bowler, and along with azhar mahmood of Pakistan, he is one of those guys who can deliver both 100k and 140k delivery with the same action and run up. both are approaching 40 and both are worldclass. andre could not show his real talent with bat until now, however. 2) i can never understand the logic behind making mcculum the captain. he is a Nz afridi.both are insane, yes, they are unbeleivable when they find the hitting going, but given the chances to mcculum, he should have been developed into some thing world class with his talent.but he always throw it away. momentary madness, i would say. 3) guptil is much better player than fulton, who always has a quizzical look on his face, as he looks embarrassed all the time. give guptil his due chance. 4) Nz should look more solid with the batting. they always have a club-like attitude of giving too much respect to the other side.

  • Dummy4 on May 21, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    What mystifies me is that New Zealand could probably field two All Blacks rugby teams who would be #1 and #2 in the world rankings yet they can't find enough decent cricketers to field one top class cricket team. That's not decrying the guys who are playing, but it says an awful lot about the system that produced them.

  • jared on May 21, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    It funny how the coach can be so stunned when the fans almost expect it. Taylor and ryder are the only two nz batsmen with records good enough for test cricket, mccullum has a good enough record for a keeper batsmen but doesn't keep anymore so really he's not good enough either and he's the captain, its too soon to judge rutherford, williamson was our great hope but has fashioned an average record but i've at least seen improvement from him not like fulton who has been found out, brownlie is far too inconsistant, watling has shown promise so stick with him. Nz needs to keep trying new batting talent to see who stands up, stop going back to the first class bullies with horrible techniques. Stop picking guys on stats, find some players with tight techniques and give them a go, latham is next in line so pick him, see what he's made of