[caption id="attachment_696638" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/root-williamson-smith-warner.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-696638" alt="Joe Root lauded the New Zealand style of playing the sport Getty/AFP" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/root-williamson-smith-warner.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Joe Root lauded the New Zealand style of playing the sport Getty/AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>New Zealand's cricket ethos drew praise Thursday from England captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/joe-root" target="_blank">Joe Root</a> as he weighed up the difference between playing New Zealand and Australia over the past four months. <p></p> <p></p>On the eve of their second Test against New Zealand in Christchurch, the last match of an arduous tour, Root cited a different atmosphere between the two sides. <p></p> <p></p>While the Ashes series in Australia was fraught with acrimony, the relationship between England and New Zealand was cordial throughout the first Test despite New Zealand's domination. <p></p> <p></p>"In terms of atmosphere on the field there might not be as much said verbally when you play against New Zealand." he said. <p></p> <p></p>[link-to-post url="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/ball-tampering-verdict-darren-lehmann-wants-to-emulate-new-zealand-696632"][/link-to-post] <p></p> <p></p>"But you still get a sense that they're playing good hard cricket. They go about things very much in their own way but you know you're up against a side that are desperate to win. <p></p> <p></p>"I'm not saying Australia don't bring that to the table when you play against them, but it is a different atmosphere in my experience." <p></p> <p></p>New Zealand's first Test victory and preparations for the second Test have been overshadowed in the news media by saturation coverage of the Australian ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. <p></p> <p></p>Cricket Australia have banned David Warner and captain Steve Smith from all international and domestic cricket for 12 months, and Cameron Bancroft for nine months. <p></p> <p></p><b>Strong message!</b> <p></p> <p></p>Smith has been banned from the captaincy for at least two years, while Warner has been told he will never lead an Australia side again. <p></p> <p></p>Root described the penalties as making a statement to the cricket world. <p></p> <p></p>"The reaction that has been going on has been all to do with how people want to watch cricket so I think it's been quite a strong message for everyone," Root said, adding he was satisfied with how England played the game. <p></p> <p></p>"We conduct ourselves pretty well on the field. I think you can see that throughout this series. The relationships between England and New Zealand have been pretty good for a number of years and the same with the majority of countries that we play against. <p></p> <p></p>"We want to play good hard cricket which is obviously within the guidelines of the game and it's important that we continue to do that." <p></p> <p></p>England go into the final Test against New Zealand needing a win to square the series and snap a 12-match away streak without a win.