Disappointing that New Zealand have not seized the crucial moments, says selector Gavin Larsen

New Zealand have lost both Tests by five wickets and the third game in Leeds from 23 June is expected to secure a consolation win to finish the tour on a high. On the other hand, the new England coach, former New Zealand legend Brendon McCullum has reversed his losing streak in the Ashes and the tour of West Indies and is looking to clean sweep the series.

Larsen said he was “really disappointed” with the team’s performance, adding that two or three batsmen let the team down.

“It boils down to some crucial moments and it sounds a bit awkward but in the game of cricket it’s very factual, if you don’t seize the crucial moment you can be on the wrong side of the result, and I think “I have a variety of ideas about what really happened,” Larson told SENZ Mornings.

“Having played with England I believe there is probably a bit more energy and I am probably not surprised by the appointment of Baz (McCullum) and Ben Stokes as the new captain. They (England) are completely out of the gate We went and we were expecting this, we were ready for it, but I give him all the credit for the way he has played.”

Larsen admitted that Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell – the pair had scored 527 runs in four innings – backfired, New Zealand would have been much worse.

“I’m a little disappointed with my two or three batsmen, we’ve got some starts, but we haven’t kicked and when I look at Mitchell and Blundell, and what they’ve made in those two Tests, right off the top draw And if we had just one other batsman who would kick from the start and put big (score) on the board, it would have been different,” he said.

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