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England coach Chris Silverwood had no problem with his side's approach to the fourth innings of the first Test draw with New Zealand at Lord's.

Despite being set a generous 273 to win in 75 overs, Joe Root's side rarely looked like troubling the target.

Forty-one overs into the pursuit England had mustered just 67 for the loss of two wickets, at a pedestrian run-rate of 1.63.

Both sides eventually shook hands on a predictable stalemate with only five overs to the match remaining, with England closing on 170 for 3.

Dom Sibley ended a run of six single-figure scores with an unbeaten 60, but it was a day of few positives.

Root had set the target of winning all seven of this summer's Tests ahead of an Ashes tilt down under but was left content at the close with the series all square heading into the decider at Edgbaston.

Silverwood defended the approach but always believed his young batters could "push a button" in the chase if victory suddenly became obtainable.


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"It was very difficult to score, the scoring rate wasn't much above three for most of the game really," he said. "When you're setting a total how can you make it about two results really. 

"It was difficult for us anyway but if we got into a position maybe we could push a button but unfortunately we didn't find ourselves in that position so we had to settle for making sure we saw the game through. 

"I thought Dominic Sibley did a great job and showed the resilience that he is known for."

Silverwood revealed he informed Ollie Robinson and the team of the uncovering of the Sussex seamer's racist and sexist social media posts, which have led to a suspension and an ECB investigation, following day one of the Test.

"It is not what we wanted and we were all very disappointed in what happened," he added.

"We had a Test match to play and we knew the responsibility we held to make sure that we did things better. We had to get on with that. We'll seek the education in and around that to try and better ourselves, all of us."




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