New Zealand thrash England by an innings and 65 runs in first Test at Mount Maunganui

Black Caps extend unbeaten streak at home to seven series, while captain Root insists side 'can't panic' after defeat

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A five-wicket burst from Neil Wagner sealed a comprehensive innings and 65 runs victory for New Zealand over England late on the final day of the first Test at Mount Maunganui on Monday.

It put New Zealand in an unbeatable position in the two-Test series and extended their home streak to seven series without defeat.

England were on the ropes with only two wickets remaining at tea before Sam Curran and Jofra Archer staged a late rally with a 59-run stand for the ninth wicket.

But with fewer than 22 overs remaining in the match, Wagner brought proceedings to an abrupt halt when he removed Archer and Stuart Broad, the last man in, with successive balls.

England captain Joe Root said: "We missed an opportunity [in the first innings] if we're brutally honest with ourselves. Could have done with a score over 450, and using that scoreboard pressure as another fielder.

"We did a lot of good stuff – we just need to do it for longer. It's different to the style of cricket we've had to play in our home conditions.

"We can't panic and think it's the end of the world. We are working hard behind the scenes and if we come back strong, we'll hopefully level it up."

England had started the final day at 55-3 and 207 runs away from making New Zealand bat again.

In what began as a dogged fight for survival they crept along with a mere 66 runs off the first 41 overs for the loss of only Root's wicket for 11 – completing a disappointing match for the Yorkshireman, after managing only his two in the first innings.

Ben Stokes joined Joe Denly to continue England's defiance until nine overs after lunch when their patience ran out and New Zealand cashed in.

Stokes, on 28, chased a wide Tim Southee delivery that should have been left and chopped it on to his stumps.

Wagner, who had been wicketless at that stage, revved up his left-arm bouncers and accounted for Joe Denly, Ollie Pope and Jos Buttler in quick succession as England lost four wickets for 17 runs.

Denly, who delivered a solid 74 for England in the first innings, top-scored the second time around with 35 before he was caught behind.

Pope was on six when, like Stokes, he chased a ball he should have left alone. He stretched to a wide full toss from Wagner and was caught by a diving Mitchell Santner at short cover.

When the second new ball was taken, Wagner bowled Buttler who was scoreless after facing 18 deliveries.

Wagner finished with five for 44 and Santner had three for 53, in a victory set up by BJ Watling's 205 in New Zealand's mammoth first innings of 615 for nine declared.

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson said:  "It feels great to win a Test match and it took a huge amount of work to get past their total.

"It was huge heart from our middle order to get over 600 and that gave us the only chance of winning. For them to bat for 200 overs was an outstanding effort."

New Zealand's celebrations however were tempered by injury, with Trent Boult bowling just one over in the morning before leaving the field with a rib problem and taking no further part.

Williamson, who had been troubled by a hip injury in the lead-up to the Test, left the field a few overs before the end clutching his side although he said afterwards that it was "just a niggle".

Manof the match Watling said:  "It felt really good. The key was to get partnerships, and the boys stuck in there at the end.

We tried to build as much of a lead as possible and hoped the wicket would do funny things on Day 5. It was awesome here to play at the Mount, very exciting."