<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="New Zealand media slams team for abject surrender against England at Lord's" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130520165746.jpg" title="New Zealand media slams team for abject surrender against England at Lord's" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> New Zealand opener Hamish Rutherford (C) walks back after being disimissed by England pacer Stuart Broad on Sunday © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Wellington: May 20, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/New-Zealand/post" target="_blank">New Zealand</a> media on Monday condemned the Black Caps' lack of fight in their <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Stuart-Broad-leads-England-to-170-run-win-over-New-Zealand-at-Lord-s-in-1st-Test/26644" target="_blank">crushing first Test defeat to England</a> at Lord's, when they collapsed for just 68 in the second innings.<br /> <br /> The total was the 10th lowest at the "home of cricket" and the ninth worst by a New Zealand team, reviving memories of the Black Caps' humiliating dismissal for 45 against South Africa in Cape Town in January.<br /> <br /> <em>Fairfax Media</em> sports writer Marc Hinton said it was not so much the loss by the world's eighth-ranked Test side against the second that grated, but the players' failure to display the grit that Kiwis demand of their sporting teams.<br /> <br /> "Let's face it, they didn't front," he told <em>RadioSport</em>. "It's not a huge total  and they didn't get anywhere near it.<br /> <br /> "I think you're entitled to ask where were the fighting qualities... that's the thing that disappoints me. This is a trademark of the Black Caps, when things get tough they tend to fold the tents way too easily for my liking."<br /> <br /> Former opening batsman-turned commentator Mark Richardson echoed the sentiment, saying: "It's the meek surrender when it comes to the Black Caps that really upsets people."<br /> <br /> The rout was all the more galling for New Zealand fans because if follows a home series against England in March when the Black Caps defied expectations to draw three Tests, dominating two of them.<br /> <br /> The <em>New Zealand Herald</em>'s Andrew Alderson highlighted that for only the second time in New Zealand Test history none of the top six batsmen reached double figures in a second innings that lasted less than two hours.<br /> <br /> "1, 9, 6, 0, 5, 8 reads like the makings of a telephone number but is actually the individual scores of the New Zealand top six who could not turn an outstanding Tim Southee bowling performance into batting success,' he wrote.<br /> <br /> Southee took 10 wickets in the match to keep New Zealand competitive until their batting disaster and the <em>Dominion Post</em>'s Mark Geenty said Southee's performance provided one positive to cling to.<br /> <br /> But he said the defeat reopened wounds that were just beginning to heal after the Cape Town capitulation, making it difficult for the New Zealanders to regroup.<br /> <br /> "The question is now, what kind of psychological damage this causes to New Zealand heading into Friday's second and final Test at Leeds," he said.<br /> <br /> The New Zealand media, however, were unanimous in praising Stuart Broad, who destroyed the Black Caps with a career-best seven for 44 in the second innings.