Mark Geenty rates the Black Caps' performances in the UK, including the one-day series against England and Champions Trophy.
MARTIN GUPTILL (372 runs at 93, highest score 189no, strike rate 102)
Rating: 7. Brilliant in the England ODIs and his Southampton knock will live long in the memory. Disappointingly, couldn't carry his form over at tournament time, scoring 42 runs in three innings.
LUKE RONCHI (47 runs at 7.83, HS 22, SR 68)
Rating: 3. Not cut out to be an opener, as hard as he tried to give New Zealand a flying start. Excellent with the gloves, though, and is worth a try in the middle order in future.
KANE WILLIAMSON (175 runs at 35, HS 67, SR 85; 5 wickets at 39.4, best bowling 2-25, economy rate 5.97)
Rating: 7. Nearly saw New Zealand home against England with a magnificent knock under pressure, with no platform to work with. Bowled better than his figures suggested, often in the power plays, and is a genuine spin option.
ROSS TAYLOR (197 runs at 39.4, HS 71, SR 79)
Rating: 6. Like Guptill, excellent in the England series with a welcome return to form, but had an unhappy time in Cardiff with two cheap lbws against Sri Lanka and England in the crunch matches.
JAMES FRANKLIN (35 runs at 11.67, HS 16no; 0 wickets for 113 runs, ER 7.53)
Rating: 2. A forgettable ODI tour for Franklin who was an automatic selection. Now his place in the side will be under serious scrutiny with a few all-rounders pushing hard.
BRENDON MCCULLUM (77 runs at 19.25, HS 40no, SR 71)
Rating: 6. Gets a high mark for his attacking, innovative captaincy - notably the Bermuda triangle off-side field to Joe Root - and brilliant fielding. Took the catch of the tournament to remove Sri Lankan Kusal Perera. But his batting form throughout the tour was a let-down, particularly in the run chase against England in Cardiff.
DANIEL VETTORI (2 wickets at 33, BB 1-16, ER 3.14)
Rating: 8. Looked one step away from retirement as he grimaced and stretched against Sri Lanka but the painkilling injection kicked in and he got through some cheap, accurate overs. Still the best spinner in the country, even on one leg. Might not play another test but fingers crossed the medical staff can keep him on the park for the 2015 World Cup.
NATHAN MCCULLUM (8 wickets at 26.88, BB 2-23, ER 4.48; 73 runs at 24.33, HS 32, SR 85)
Rating: 7. A very solid tour blighted by his three dropped catches of Alastair Cook in Cardiff. Contributed with bat and ball and seemed to thrive with Vettori back in the side on spin-friendly pitches. Was the team's second-best fielder behind his brother before his Cardiff meltdown.
TIM SOUTHEE (3 wickets at 51, BB 3-37, ER 5.1)
Rating: 4. Bowled himself into the ground in the tests and after his 3-37 in game one of the ODIs was shot. Battled an ankle injury and never looked likely after. Will benefit hugely from a break.
KYLE MILLS (8 wickets at 26.13, BB 4-30, ER 4.7)
Rating: 7. Not as sharp as he once was but still has the guile and works well with all-out attack going on at the other end. Still has something to offer and could hang on for the World Cup in two years.
MITCHELL MCCLENAGHAN (19 wickets at 14.84, BB 4-43, ER 5.42)
Rating: 9. The star of the tour in black clothing. Made something happen every time McCullum threw him the ball and was the leading wicket-taker of the Champions Trophy group phase with 11. If he stays injury-free will be a strike weapon for a few years to come, and is worth a crack in test cricket.
Also (not rated):
Corey Anderson (1 match; 30 off 24 balls and 0-4 off 1 over). Solid start to his ODI career and looks a genuine match-winning all-rounder.
Doug Bracewell (1 match; 1-55 off 8 overs). Not overly comfortable in ODI cricket and will be best served concentrating on the red ball for now.
Grant Elliott (2 matches; 27 off 43 balls and 1-13 off 2 overs). Still has something to offer with the bat, but it's a while since he's won a game for New Zealand. A calf injury ruined his Champions Trophy.
Colin Munro (1 match; 0 off 1 ball and 0-10 off 1 over). Hasn't had an extended run in the national side and deserves more chances. Has obvious ability with the bat.
Ian Butler (did not play). Unlucky not to get a game but may be seen as a T20 specialist.
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