New Zealand's "epic meltdown"

Writing for the New Zealand Herald, Dylan Cleaver analyses the causes for New Zealand's "epic meltdown" in the first Test against England at Lord's, one of them being bowling "haymakers" to a counter-attacking Ben Stokes. Examining the loss in hindsight, Cleaver suggests fidgeting with the batting order on a crucial last day and failing to bowl a good line and length to Stokes could have been reasons for their loss.

New Zealand received a lot of well-earned praise for the way they have approached and played their cricket over the past two years, so it is only right to recognise the Lord's Test for what it was: an epic meltdown. But when McCullum says, "I thought we played our part in a tremendous Test match," someone in the touring party needs to be brave enough to say, "Yes, the wrong part."