sport news BUMBLE AT THE TEST: This 22 yards of snot has no place in Test cricket...

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New Zealand secured a 1-0 series win over England after Kane Williamson, who was dropped by Joe Denly and Ollie Pope, scored a ton along with Ross Taylor, leaving England with plenty of work to do ahead of a tour to South Africa. 

Sportsmail columnist David Lloyd was present to give his expert opinion on the action... 

Poor turnout at Seddon Park was a killer 

What an absolute killer this 22 yards of snot was. England had a good number of spectators through the usual tour groups, which certainly swelled the crowd. But where were the locals? 

The ground was about a third full over the weekend, sparsely attended on Monday and almost empty on Tuesday. I’m not surprised: the pitch beat the players. As an unnamed source who is actually playing in the game told me: ‘This is not only killing bowlers, it’s killing Test cricket.’

Seddon Park was almost empty on Tuesday for the second Test... where were the locals?

Seddon Park was almost empty on Tuesday for the second Test... where were the locals?

Has there been a worse drop than Joe Denly's? 

Jofra Archer tried something totally different by not using his front arm. It worked as Kane Williamson chipped tamely to Joe Denly at midwicket. Archer celebrated with great exuberance and relief, only to turn round and see the ball lying at Denly’s feet! 

It seemed such a comical moment. Has there been a worse drop? I can give you two: Mike Gatting in a Test in India off Ian Salisbury (Gatting blamed the sun), and Michael Hussey off Nathan Hauritz against South Africa at the MCG. Technically, he didn’t drop it because he never even touched it!

Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley missed chance to impress 

 These two Test matches are not in the ICC World Championship, and have been an opportunity for Chris Silverwood and his staff to look at the players. A mild disappointment is that Matt Parkinson and Saqib Mahmood didn’t feature. This would have been an ideal time to blood them. 

There has been enough from Ollie Pope to suggest that a blossoming Test career starts at No 6. Rory Burns does the job, but Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley didn’t take their

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