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I've enjoyed my first tour with England, but it's safe to say I'm very much looking forward to the trip to South Africa. The guys tell me the pitches have more pace and bounce there - although compared with the surfaces in New Zealand, that wouldn't be difficult.

Was Seddon Park a good pitch for Test cricket? I guess it was if you're looking to sell tickets for five days. But it was always going to be hard for either side to get a result on that surface. I know we had a bit of rain, but 22 wickets in five days tells its own story.

At least at Mount Maunganui it helped the spinner towards the end of the match, which was part of the reason we had a result there. But both sides struggled to get the Kookaburra to do much in Hamilton once the ball got a bit old.

I enjoyed my first tour with England but it's safe to say I can't wait for the trip to South Africa

I enjoyed my first tour with England but it's safe to say I can't wait for the trip to South Africa

DENLY'S DROP IS STILL MAKING ME CHUCKLE!

If we'd managed a couple more wickets before the close on the fourth day, or made some early breakthroughs on the fifth, we'd have had a chance of pushing for a win, because we were in control for a lot of the match. But it wasn't meant to be and we head to South Africa looking for another big effort.

As I walked off the pitch at the end, Stuart Broad put his arm round me and we had a smile and a joke. He was basically saying there wasn't much more we could have done in those conditions. I certainly know I couldn't have done any more.

I realise I finished the series with only two wickets, which was disappointing after the summer I had. But you never know how differently things might have turned out if a couple of chances had been held. I'd never blame a team-mate for dropping a chance: we've all done it, and I'll have plenty more catches put down off my bowling over the rest of my career.

But if two drops turn into two catches, I'd probably have had a bit more momentum, and who knows how many wickets I'd have ended up with.

Stuart Broad said there wasn't much more we could do in the tough conditions in New Zealand

Stuart Broad said there wasn't much more we could do in the tough conditions in New Zealand

I finished the series with only two wickets, which was tough to take after the summer I had

I finished the series with only two wickets, which was tough to take after the summer I had

I guess it's impossible not to mention the Joe Denly drop on the last day, but I saw the funny side of it straightaway. And it looked even funnier after I saw the footage of Broady looking a bit

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