Pietersen shows captaincy promise
This was a really poor batting performance by England, but in the field, at least, Kevin Pietersen showed a refreshingly positive attitude to the captaincy.
For a man who can't remember ever having led a team before - is anyone else amazed that he never even captained his school team? - he seemed calm and definitely in charge.
I liked the way he kept his slip in position in the 19th over of New Zealand's innings, and he was rewarded for that when Graeme Swann took the catch to remove the curiously subdued Brendon McCullum whose 23 came from 57 balls.
Pietersen also insisted on keeping his mid on and mid off inside the circle, pressurising the batsman to hit over the top.
Many captains prefer the safety first approach of posting at least one of them in the deep, but this merely gives the batsman an easy single.
The one error Pietersen made in the field was to bowl Owais Shah for one over too many, and he got clobbered.
It was not easy in Paul Collingwood's absence cobbling 10 overs together from Luke Wright, Ravi Bopara and anyone else he could think of .
Shah's first two overs cost 13, but Pietersen should have realised that Jacob Oram, having lined him up, would then go on the attack. Two huge sixes flew into the stands, and his third over went for 17.
New Zealand were suddenly ticking, and 96 runs came from the last 10 overs, 61 off the last five.
England's batting continues to worry me. This was a very poor attempt at a run chase which, on an excellent pitch, was certainly within their grasp.
Ian Bell (27) and Alistair Cook (24) both committed the cardinal sin of getting in and then getting out without making a meaningful score. This brought Pietersen and Bopara together at the same time, and overs slipped away.
The pressure mounted when Pietersen sliced to gully for six, and I really have no idea what shot Bopara was attempting when he was clean bowled by Daniel Vettori for 30.
I was surprised when Tim Ambrose was brought in to keep wicket in this series - and disappointed for Phil Mustard - and this position will need to be revisited for the South African one-day series.
Ambrose dropped a straightforward catch, but it is his batting that is letting him down. Basically, he is too one-dimensional, relying almost entirely on the cut shot, which brought about his downfall again here and makes him easy to bowl at.
His series ends with a tally of 10 runs from 5 innings - not good enough batting at number seven.
After a hammering in the first match, New Zealand were full value for their 3-1 victory and had the umpires permitted one more over at Edgbaston, it would probably have been 4-1.