New Zealand v England: Batsmen can save Test says Graham Gooch

England have the players to avoid losing the final Test to New Zealand, says batting coach Graham Gooch.

England must bat out the fifth day after finishing day four of the series decider on 90-4, 390 behind.

“I’m not giving any excuses because we have been outplayed, but we still have a chance to salvage something,” Gooch told BBC Sport.

Asked if the team still had belief, he added: “Absolutely. Otherwise, what’s the point in turning up?”

England, having been set an unlikely 481 to win in Auckland, lost Nick Compton, Jonathan Trott, captain Alastair Cook and night-watchman Steven Finn after New Zealand declared on 241-6. Read more
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