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Live Reporting

Jack Skelton and Amy Lofthouse

All times stated are UK

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  1. Farewell

    This is where we leave you.

    It's been a long, long winter - myself and Amy were on shift way back in late November for the first ball of the Ashes. Seven Tests later and England still haven't won one.

    Massive credit to New Zealand, they've been terrific to watch and this series has been hugely entertaining. It's a shame it was only two matches long.

    The Kiwis secure a 1-0 series win and England have a litany of questions to answer before the first Test against Pakistan in May.

    We'll be back on the live text then and will probably be mainly sleeping beforehand.

    Thanks for reading and keeping us company through the nights this winter.

    New Zealand with the Test series trophy
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    We're wrapping up things soon, so time to point you in the direction of the following to occupy you on your first day back after the Easter break.

    The report of a thrilling final day in which New Zealand secured a historic series win is here.

    The final journalists' panel of the winter on Test Match Special is available as a podcast here.

    And look out for more reaction and analysis on the BBC Sport website throughout the day.

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    Mark: Bayliss has to go, he's a one-day specialist and inept in Tests.

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    England coach Trevor Bayliss on England's winter: "Disappointing in the Tests. Not just for the fans - I'm as disappointed as anyone, but not as disappointed as the boys in the changing room.

    "We've got to put it all together at the one time and get some consistency."

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    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    Jack Leach just needs to work on a few variations, whether it's an arm ball or on the crease, but I think he's worth continuing with.

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    Fenners: In terms of spinners, pick one who isn't Moeen and give them a year in the job when they'll play every Test. They can then grow into Test cricket with no pressure. Don't go back to the default Moeen position every summer in England. Sri Lanka is next tour.

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    Joe Root, speaking to Sky Sports about his bowling attack: "We wanted a few different options. Woody didn't get many rewards in the first innings, although he did some good stuff.

    "He gave us a different angle to attack with today. I think that's a real massive boost for us moving forward as a side."

    On Jack Leach: "He's a very impressive young man. He can offer a lot to Test cricket. First game, going into day five and there's pressure on you to take wickets and bowl a side out.

    "He might not have got the wickets he would have liked but he looked threatening throughout. I was quite impressed with the way he went about it."

    On his own winter: "It's been disappointing, if I'm being brutally honest. Seven fifties, you want to convert at least half of those.

    "You talk about scoreboard pressure, you want your senior players to step up and make contributions and I haven't been able to do that."

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    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    Reading between the lines from batting coach Graham Thorpe's interview yesterday, I think they're going to continue with Vince, but they're not convinced about Stoneman. The trouble is, I'm not sure about Alastair Cook - will he play a whole season? They'll keep picking him as long as he wants to play, but when he gets back to his farm, his two little children and his beautiful wife, will he still want to carry on? If I were a young player in the country like Ben Brown or Nick Gubbins or Haseeb Hameed, I'd be thinking I can get in.

  9. 'We can make big strides quickly'

    Joe Root on Malan, Stoneman and Vince: "They look more rounded as cricketers and they are expanding their games in terms of the knowledge of how to construct an innings so there are positive signs there.

    "With the talent we've got we can be very competitive. I have a clear plan of where I want to and believe we can make big strides quite quickly.

    "I've learned plenty as captain this winter. When you're up against it you learn a lot about your team the way they've kept fronting up has been really good to see."

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    Plenty of questions marks before England face Pakistan in May.

    Not least over the likes of Mark Stoneman and James Vince. Is Dawid Malan secure?

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    More from Joe Root: "We need to take the good stuff we've done here into the first Test of the English summer.

    "We'd have loved a third Test - everyone would've. That was a great advert for Test cricket so it's a shame [not to get a third Test] but that's the way it is.

    "You need some luck sometimes and unfortunately it wasn't there for us today."

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    So England set an unwanted record for the most consecutive away Tests without a win in their history.

    They are winless in 13 v Bangladesh (1), India (5), Australia (5), New Zealand (2)

    That breaks the previous mark of 12 between 1939-1948.

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    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    Jimmy Anderson has bowled OK this winter but we know he'll be brilliant in England again.

  14. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson
  15. 'Broad is back to his best'

    More from Joe Root: "What a start, getting two wickets in the first two balls. That's what Stuart Broad does. This trip has been massive for him moving forward. He's moving the ball both ways and has great control of his length, bringing more dismissals into play."It's great to have him back to his best.

    "We exploited the conditions well as a bowling gorup and looked threatening throughout both innings. It did a bit in the first innings and flattened out but, even today, when there wasn't much there, we managed to create things and that's a good sign for us away from home going forward."

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    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    Stuart Broad is England's player of the series for me. He gave England hope when others were struggling. I'd give man of the match to Ish Sodhi - Broad got all those wickets but Sodhi has saved the day for the Kiwis. He'll probably get knighted here for that.

    Ish Sodhi
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    More from Kane Williamson: "The bowling attack has been brilliant. A fantastic series and it's nice to be on the right side of it. The guys put in for all ten days of the series.

    "It would have been nice to have a third Test or just a little more Test cricket. On the whole, it was a good summer, but still plenty to learn from."

  18. 'I'm really proud of the lads'

    England captain Joe Root, speaking to Sky Sports: "I will tell the lads how proud I am of their effort in this game in particular.

    "It's been a long winter. It's not gone our way throughout the whole trip. I thought the way we went about it today was brilliant and it'll be a big step for us going forward.

    "These are the games you want to be involved with. We were pushing hard for that win and I'm really proud of the lads.

    "Very disappointed not to get those two wickets but I thought we looked threatening throughout and there were a few balls that avoided the fielders here and there."

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    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    They will leave New Zealand with as many questions as they had when they turned up, which is a shame.