So what in tarnation happened yesterday? There was some very good bowling from New Zealand... but that’s as far as I’d go. Matt Henry hit the seam, hit a nice length, and moved it a bit one way and a bit the other. Neil Wagner got some left-arm swing into the pads and some balls going on straight with the seam across off stump. All of those variations took wickets. They were well bowled, but they’re also the sort of bowling that a top-order player with an English grounding is supposed to be able to combat. A wicket or two falling to those deliveries would have been a fair exchange, but not a score of 58 for 5. From there it was all over for England’s concentration, and the fairly innocuous spin of Ajaz Patel picked up the last two recognised bats. It was a very limp display.
I’ve seen lots of people complaining about the rest and rotation policy again, but you genuinely can’t expect the likes of Buttler and Stokes to come off all the IPL drama, not to mention the India tour before that, into a month of England white-ball cricket, then five Tests, then a T20 World Cup, then the Ashes in Australia, then the... I don’t know... 17 or 18 different postponed series that England is supposed to play next year. It’s not a recipe for good performances. And in any case, Stokes, Bairstow, Buttler, these are all players with Test batting averages in the 30s. They can each play some astonishing innings but they’re not models of consistent runs.
As for team structure, you can certainly argue that England should have picked a spinner at Edgbaston. But the seamers would still have been expected to do most of the wicket-taking in the first innings, and the presence of a spinner wouldn’t help the batting any. That is England’s problem.
Source : https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2021/jun/13/england-v-new-zealand-second-test-day-four-live328