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Root looks forward after England leave Down Under winless

Root looks forward after England leave Down Under winless

Tailenders Ish Sodhi and Neil Wagner were hailed as heroes after their gritty 188-ball stand secured a second Test draw and series win for New Zealand against the Joe Root-led England on Tuesday.

"It was an unbelievable day of test cricket".

Battered and bruised after a torrid time from a desperate England attack, the pair hung on until bad light stopped play with Wagner's dismissal in the penultimate over.

Only one of five matches were won in the trans-Tasman T20 tri-series while England pipped them in the ODI series.

"We are not the finished article and there is plenty for us to work on", the England skipper told Sky Sports.

"Series wins have been few and far between for New Zealand test sides, in terms of history it would be very special", he said.

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But Sodhi, who dug in for a three-hour 50, and Neil Wagner then would not be moved for 31 overs, whatever England tried - including squad-player ball-boy boundary riders to speed up the over rate and close fielders on their knees to try to make catches out of nothing.

It ended an arduous and unsuccessful tour for England who lost the Ashes series 4-0 before coming to New Zealand. Debutant spinner Jack Leach accounted for the wicket of Ross Taylor to leave New Zealand reeling at 66/3, chasing 382 for victory. "They started bowling bumpers around the wicket and I found them quite hard to pick up so there were tough periods there but once we go through that I think it was a pretty true wicket".

"There was a bit of drama at the end their but Waggy (Wagner) was really good there".

De Grandhomme fell 12 overs into the final session, taking on the short ball one time too often, holing out at deep fine-leg off Wood, but Sodhi and Wagner stubbornly withstood everything England had to throw at them in the final hour and a half to earn New Zealand a famous series win.

"Bar that first innings, we've played some good cricket and especially in this game, I think we showed what we are about", he added.

Root had been content to play the patience game and focus on singles while Malan was a bit more enterprising, taking on Trent Boult and the others and playing some attractive strokes.

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They aren't scheduled to play any format for six months, when they're away to Pakistan.

"But it's a year where there hasn't been a lot".

"He kept me going, there were some demons out there for sure", Sodhi said.

There's no great secret that the chief focus will once again be on ODI cricket, ahead of next year's World Cup in England. "The way the Test team performed was superb in a number of different situations".

Anderson became England's leading Test wicket-taker in 2015 and previous year, against West Indies, he took his 500th Test wicket.

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